Ilorin is the state capital of Kwara in Western Nigeria and the sixth-largest city in Nigeria. The city is home to two professional football teams, Kwara United F.C. and ABS F.C. and has the only standard baseball court in West Africa. The warm climate and minimal rainfall make Ilorin an ideal travel destination. June and September have the most rainy days, around half of the month. January and December are the driest months, making them popular times for visitors. Ilorin has plenty of shopping and attractions within the city.
Renting a Car in Ilorin
Visitors typically travel by train or taxi, depending on their destination. Car-hire services are available in major hotels, such as Princess Luxury Hotels on Pipeline Road. Check Skyscanner for hotels with car services available. Few independent rental car agencies exist in Ilorin. Travelers and locals who need a car should go to Timson Motors. It is close to the airport and open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day, except Sunday.
Driving in Ilorin
The major roads in and around Ilorin are largely in good shape. The city sits in the heart of many attractions for business travelers and tourists. The surface of the city streets is often in need of repair. Traffic congestion is common throughout the city, especially between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and again around 4 p.m. Many locals use motorbikes as a form of transportation that saves time and money. Be careful of these riders slipping between cars, as they can create dangerous situations on the road.
Roads give way to flash floods in September. Sinkholes and flooded streets pose a real danger to drivers; do not drive through standing water. Older bridges can easily collapse, taking cars along with them. When the weather is dry, which is most of the time, drivers should keep their eyes open for potholes and the construction workers that might be out fixing them.
What to Do in Ilorin
Ilorin features two stops that nature lovers should not miss. The first is Imoleboja Rock shelter found at Odo-Owa in Oke-Ero Local Government Area. In the local language, the name means, "God has built a house." This massive rock forms a natural shelter that can hold 100 people at a time. Next, cool off at Owu Fall, one of the tallest waterfalls in West Africa. Both attractions are open to visitors throughout the year.
The Adin and Black Soap Industry is a major tourist attraction where visitors can see women and children making Adin and black soap with native methods. Palm kernel and ashes are the main ingredients and are known for their medicinal properties for healing skin and caring for hair. This is also in the Odo-Owa in Oke-Ero Local Government Area.
Go shopping at the many stores in Kwara Mall. Visit Dada for the largest variety of pottery workshops in Nigeria. Learn about the local culture and history of the area at the Emir of Ilorin's Palace. Visitors should not miss the amazing architecture of the Ilorin Central Mosque with its gleaming gold domes.
Skycanner can help travelers find low-price rental cars when exploring the Ilorin area, so don't forget to check availability online first.