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Natural Wonders Explore Africa's only suspended lake in Nigeria [PHOTOS]

The Ado Awaye lake is located on Iyake Mountains that sprawl around the sleepy town of Ado Awaye.

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Ado Awaye lake

(Instagram/Thatgaltolani)

Ado Awaye lake is a geologic wonder and is popular for its awe-inspiring beauty.

The fact that Ado Awaye is one of the only two Suspended Lakes in the whole world makes it an instant destination choice for tourists. The other suspended lake, Hanging Lake lies in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado.

play Peace be still: Ado Awaye lake is so peaceful and the waters have been said to have healing properties (Instagram/Thatgaltolani)

 

The Ado Awaye lake is located on Iyake Mountains that sprawl around the sleepy town of Ado Awaye. The journey to the lake on the mountain top is not one for the faint hearted. A stair of over 369 steps leads through a bush path before it disappears which leaves you climbing till you get to the mountain top. 

play The Ado Awaye lake is located on Iyake Mountains (Instagram/Thatgaltolani)

It takes about one hour of rigorous climbing to get to the mountain top. Locals claim the mountains were homes to immigrant Awori dwellers that chose the mountain top as refuge from rampaging Dahomey Armies in the 19th century.

play Locals claim the mountains were homes to immigrant Awori dwellers (Instagram/Thatgaltolani)

 

Iyake Lake is the most prominent attraction on the mountains. It is a diameter shaped lake with green like water. No one knows the depth of the lake although locals say some foreign tourists who attempted to establish its depth lost their lives in the process.

play The mountain also features little waterfalls (Instagram/Thatgaltolani)

Many folktales surround the lake. It is believed that the lake leads to another world. The lake is also credited with mysterious powers to solve personal and health problems.

play Locals say these are footsteps of the ancient ones (Instagram/Thatgaltolani)

Many visitors go away with bottles of the water which they believe contains medicinal properties and magical powers.

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