Where is Mount Patti located?
The lush green Mount Patti is 458.3 metres high and located in Lokoja, capital city of Kogi state. It is from here people gaze up at it's magnificence with awe. Located in the confluence of the Rivers Niger and Benue, the area has been inhabited for thousands of years by many ethnic communities and was previously a centre for trade. Lokoja is the first administrative capital of modern day Nigeria.
Mount Patti by Adedotun AjibadeOriginal Source: Adedotun Ajibade
What does 'Mount Patti' mean?
'Mount' is short for 'mountain' and 'Patti' means hill in Nupe language. The name therefore means 'Mountain hill'. Nupe is spoken by the Nupe community who for centuries have resided in Kogi State, Niger State and Kwara State.
The confluence of the River Niger and River Benue seen from Mount Patti by Adedotun AjibadeOriginal Source: Adedotun Ajibade
Why is the confluence of the Rivers Niger and Benue so special?
The spectacular view from the top of Mount Patti is a true sight to behold. The two rivers meet in a colorful Y-shape with the brownish River Niger and green River Benue. It is one of Nigeria's most beautiful natural wonders.
The River Niger is Africa's third largest and the main river of western Africa. It is over 4180 km long and passes through Guinea, Mali, Niger, Benin and Nigeria. The River Benue is 1,400 km long and a tributary of the Niger River.
What you shouldn't miss when visiting Mount Patti?
There are three sights to visit when climbing Mount Patti. First make your way to the baobab tree, then head to the rest house of Lord Lugard and Flora Lugard, and then end off marvelling at the breathtaking viewpoint.
Stop 1: the mysterious baobab tree
The famous baobab tree has been on Mount Patti for centuries. It is known to possess certain mythical values. Its seeds, bark and leaves are used by locals to cure certain ailments.
Baobab tree at Mount Patti by Adedotun AjibadeTour Nigeria
Leaving your mark
The baobab tree is a favourite of tourists. They inscribe their names on the tree as a testament to having climbed the mountain.
Stop 2: Lugard Rest House
The Lugard Rest House is today a mini museum of colonial history, and has been left untouched since Flora and Sir Lord Frederick Lugard left it. In appreciation of the beauty of Mount Patti, and its cooling climate, they built the rest house on the mountain top. In front of the house is a statue of the couple holding hands. The house is located perfectly as a surveillance post to overview Lokoja.
Stop 3: A spectacular viewpoint
Nothing compares to standing at the top of Mount Patti and looking down at the flowing Rivers Niger and Benue.