Let's Rock Esa Cave & Mountain, an 800 years old ancient place of abode and refuge for Ekiti early settlers during inter-tribal wars. Join us as we explore the 7 Wonders of Nature on Esa Cave during the 5th edition of Hike Ekiti Mountain this coming Easter, April 10th 2023
Ekiti is known for being surrounded by mountains and some of these mountains hold significant meaning to the people in Ekiti Communities. Venturing inside Ekiti and taking a journey towards exploring tourist attractions in Ekiti communities visitors will notice that Ekiti is a land surrounded by several historic hills & mountains that tell stories of how the people of ancient Ekiti Communities were protected from their enemies during the time of wars.
One of these Historical mountains that have served as a place of refuge when Ekiti Communities are threatened by invaders during inter-tribal wars is the Ancient #EsaCave located in Iyin Ekiti in South West Nigeria. Obviously, #EsaCave is one of the ancient attractions the world may not know exist in Ekiti State.
If you are passionate about Discovering and Exploring one of these Ekiti Tourism Potentials, then you must visit #EsaCave and Mountain, an astonishing Heritage Tourism Site with a composition of Historical, Cultural, and Natural Tourism Attractions with a lot of untapped Tourism Investment Opportunities.
#EsaCave, a magnificent mountain with astonishing chains of hills, rocks, and mountains is geometrically shaped mountain and rock pedestals with astonishing caves, escarpments, tablelands, hollows, rock shelters, mountain wells, and different types of slopes and rock formations.
#EsaCave is located along the New Iyin road off Ofin Villag in Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State Nigeria, at the outskirt of Iyin Ekiti Town in Araromi LCDA of Ekiti State, South West Nigeria. It is about 6 Kilometers from Iyin Ekiti and 3 Kilometers from Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State and it is approximately about 1200 meters high above sea level.
According to oral history, #EsaCave & Mountain have been in existence since over 800 years ago, this astonishing “Rocky Mountain and Cave” have an ancient and age-long history of being a safe harbor and refuge for the Iyin and Ado ancient settlers during inter-tribal wars in Yoruba land.
During the wars, the warrior and the people would run to the cave for safety till the community is restored to normalcy. The people of ancient Iyin Ekiti found refuge in these historic places whenever there is trouble or war in the town. Oral history told about how neighboring tribes always threatened people in Ancient Ekiti Communities and about how they are usually taken as slaves by their enemies to be sold to white men.
However, Some Historic Ekiti hills and Mountains such as #EsaCave came to their rescue after a period of time. And since then, most of Ekiti hills and Mountains have been tagged as historic monuments in hosted Communities.
To date, a visit to #EsaCave revealed that this natural monument still maintains its natural look which shows evidence of long use. The Cave has demarcated rooms separated by a low-height wall made from mud bricks which had become strong and difficult to pull down. Also, small boulders used as pillows by old occupants remain in the cave
#DiscoverEkitiTourismClub, in 2019 having embarked on a research expedition of exploring over 150 astonishing tourism potentials in Ekiti communities that are ideal for adventure tourism recreation events and activities, evaluated in terms of tourism attraction viability, exploration, and investment potentials, we discovered that #EsaCave and #AbanijorinMountains after Ikogosi Warm Spring and Arinta Water Falls is the third most premium tourist attraction and destination in Ekiti State.
During #DiscoverEkitiTourismClub comprehensive discovery tour of #EsaCave and Mountain and we discovered the 7 Wonders of Nature, History, and Culture in Esa Cave, that if well packaged, promoted, and marketed to the world have the potential to attract Tourists across the world for patronage.
6. Astonishing Rock Formations & Rock Shelters on Esa Mountain
7. Floras & Fauna Species on Esa Cave and Mountain
Considering its amazing tourism potential, #EsaCave and Mountain, and the Construction of the New Iyin Road, it has opened up and positioned Esa Cave as a choice destination for Tourism investment opportunities.
Esa Cave is meant to be an advanced premium and iconic heritage tourist center but unfortunately, it is yet to attract the needed development by previous government tenors in Ekiti State.
At Discover Ekiti Tourism Club, we believe If the government, private investors, and concerned community stakeholders could take the proper measures to provide infrastructures that will help upgrade Esa Cave & Mountain from an undeveloped tourist attraction into a global one, It’s an investment and economic viability and has the potential to help:
1. Create employment opportunities,
2. Generate revenue,
3. Boost the IGR of the Government and
4. Add socio-economic values to host communities.
In our continuous commitment at Discover Ekiti Tourism Club to showcase, promote, and project Ekiti's tourism potential to the world, the 5th edition of Hike Ekiti Mountain Safari 5.0 will be dedicated towards Projecting, Promoting & Showcasing the SEVEN WONDERS OF NATURE ON ESA CAVE.