Along the Suleja-Minna road in Niger State, north-central Nigeria, flows the Gurara Waterfall. It is about an hour away from the national capital Abuja. To reach there, one has to drive past the Zuma Rock.
According to oral history, the Gurara Waterfall was discovered by a hunter from the Gbagyi tribe in 1745. He was called Buba. The waterfall was worshipped by communities around it, mostly comprising the Gbagyi, the Nupe, and the Hausa. The waterfall and the Gurara River are said to be named after two deities—Gura and Rara. In 1925, the colonialists found it. This was when it began to transform from a site of worship to a recreational and relaxation centre.
The waterfall is approximated to be 30 meters high. It spans about 300 meters in width.
The site is composed of several gatherings of streams of different sizes, pouring from across high rocks on the top of the cliffs. These streams enter with a powerful force into another large body of water lying just beneath them. The procession then forms another stream. This is the spectacle that draws people to the waterfall: the way the streams come down the steep, rocky and elevated hills into the river.
It’s been reported by residents of the area that the water is less in January, due to the dry season. Though it is a little less fascinating during this time, it is safer especially for people with a fear for water.
As part of the Niger State Tourist Corporation’s project to broaden the waterfall into an international tourist centre, it now has cafeterias and spots ideal for relaxation and picnics.