Erin Ijesha (also known as Olumirin) is the most popular waterfall in Nigeria. Although, there so many waterfalls in Nigeria, Erin Ijesha is the most visited. It is a seven-step waterfall. The first three steps are quite easy to access. However, the rest steps up to the 7th step is for the brave. I stopped my hiking at the 2nd step. ( I just can’t continue further). Most people do go to the 7th step but they have to walk on all fours. The path upward is so steep and meanders. Hiking to the last step (7th) leads to a small village Abake village (in Ekiti state). So, if you’re looking for a hiking experience in Nigeria, definitely visit Erin Ijesha waterfall. I love the relaxing shower from the waterfall. If you’re ready for an adventure to Erin Ijesha waterfalls, here are all you need to know. You can also watch my vlog below.
How to get to Olumirin waterfalls?
Olumirim waterfalls are Located at Ilesha, Osun state. There are several ways you can get to Erin Ijesha. If you’re going from Lagos, take a bus going to Ilesha of Ibadan. From Ilesha, you can take a bus or bike for 1000naira to Erin Ijesha. ( the option of the bike is not recommended because Erin Ijesha is quite from Ilesha. Also, the roads are lonely and bike are not safe)
On my trip, I took a bus to Ibadan because I have to stop over there. So, from Ibadan, I took another car to Ilesha from Iwo road for 1,500naira.
On the other hand, if you’re going from other parts of Nigeria, take a bus going to Ilesha, Osun state. I love the route from Ibadan because of the interesting places to see en route. Like Ile-ife ( love the sculpture of this ancient city entrance) and other nice places.
We all know the perks of traveling through Nigerian roads are the roadside foods you can buy. However, I am not a fan of their famous dodokire, plantain chips, or Gala.
Gate fee/Opening hours at Erin Ijesha Waterfalls
Erin Ijesha waterfalls are located within the Erin Ijesha community. The people are open to tourists and friendly. Most of them use this place as a business opportunity to sell foods, drinks, snacks and other essentials you will need.
The waterfall is open from 8 am to 6pm daily. So, you can go to this place any day of the week. Entry fee to Erin Ijesha cost 1000naira per adult and 500 naira for children.
You are free to use your mobile phone to take pictures and video. However, you need to pay a fee of 2000naira to use your camera. So, if you are a content creator, you can either pay the fee or use your mobile phone instead.
Also, there are photographers available on the ground to take pictures of you for a fee. I took my pictures with my phone so I can’t say how much it will cost you.
Tips to know and How to pack for Erin Ijesha trip
Before you can go on a trip to Erin Ijesha, there are things you need to know. Here are some parking tips you get you started on your journey.
- Powerbank- charge your mobile phone device full. Take power bank along just for back up
- Insect repellant- I almost lost it when I saw some bees. Just lucky that they were in their zone.
- Water bottle- Erin Ijesha requires some form of hiking. You will need to climb the steps to access the waterfalls. So, you need a water bottle to stay hydrated. Also, there are vendors you can buy water from before entry.
- Nose Mask
- Hand Sanitizers
- Hat to keep off the sun effect
- Hiking shoes- please avoid wearing flip-flops. Wear shoes that are suitable for climbing.
- Swimwear or bathing suit- that is if you want to take a shower in water. I mean who wouldn’t.
- Shower cap- to cover your wigs or braid while bathing. You can also buy this at Erin Ijesha.
What to wear to Erin Ijesha waterfalls?
You can wear any outfit that suits you to Erin Ijesha. Since it is a vacation, opt for a relaxed casual outfit. Dress in a comfortable outfit. I would recommend wearing shorts/denim pants and a tee shirt. Also, you can a simple flowy dress that you can layer your bikini for ease of switching outfits.
Fun things to do at Erin Ijesha waterfalls.
There several fun things you can do at Erin Ijesha waterfalls asides from bathing and hiking. Here is a list of fun things you can do on your visit.
- Birthday/ hangout- you can have a birthday surprise party or hang out with friends, colleagues, or family.
- Pre-wedding shoots/content creation- this place has lovely chill scenery and hills with its waterfall. You can have your pre-wedding shoot with your heart rob at the waterfall. Also, this place is serene and can be used for content creation or product campaign.
- School excursion- Erin Ijesha waterfalls has a unique history that should be known and shared. So, if you looking for an educative yet fun place to take students to, opt for Erin Ijesha.
Places to stay close to Erin Ijesha waterfalls
Erin IIjesha is a full-day journey depending on where you coming from. If you going from Lagos, you will have to leave so early to make it back same day.
However, if you want to have full day of fun at Erin Ijesha. You can opt for a short stay close to Erin Ijesha from Airbnb.
You can choose to stay at Airnb at Ibadan for $29 per night which a few hours close to Ilesha. Also, you decide to book a stay at Ilesha for about $35 per night. There are other cheaper stays you can search for close to Ilesha according to your budget as below.
If you are new to Airbnb, you can also read my tips on what you need to know as a first-timer.