Not many hills in the world can be said to have poems written of them by Nobel laureates. Idanre hills is one of the lucky few, the hills inspired the longest poem ever written by Wole Soyinka back in 1967. One has to visit the hills to understand the allure and culture that inspired the poet’s pen.
Idanre hills located in Ondo state, approximately 15km southwest of Akure, the state capital is a confluence of history and natural beauty. Home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including the perret toad which is native to this area and not found anywhere else in the world, the area contains very important bio-physical and land form features that have drawn scientists, researchers, and film makers from all over the world.
To get to the top of the hill, 667 steps have to be climbed with five resting posts along the steps where one can take a rest. The hills, which are steep-sided, smooth and dome-shape in nature, were named after some historical figures in the socio-cultural evolution of Idanre land. Some of these are the Olofin and Orosun hills named after Olofin, the pioneer Oba of Oke-Idanre and his queen respectively, and Carter Hills named after a former Colonial Governor who signed a peace treaty with the Oba of Idanre in 1891.
Let’s take you on a virtual journey to a place where the hills are alive with the sound of culture.
What’s that sound? You packing your bags to go visit the hills? Great! Do take pictures of the physical features of this beautiful place including the Oba’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun foot print, thunder water (Omi Aopara),burial mounds and grounds, and other things of beauty you find there. You will get to see why this site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 8, 2007 in the Cultural category. On your way to the hills, if you visit any other place of culture and beauty, do let us know, we long to hear your story and see your pictures. Do send them to us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a safe trip!