Every August, lots of people from around the world throng to Osun State, Nigeria, to attend and participate in the Osun-Osogbo Festival. It is held at the illustrious and sacred Osun Grove. Although a sizable number of the participants are Osun indigenes, the festival has, over the years, morphed into an international event that attracts the attention of tourists and visitors from other parts of the world.
Abridge Tour Itinerary
DAY 1: Transfer from the arrival airport to Osogbo town.
Day 2: “Iwopopo’’, a ritual done to cleanse the city from evil.
Day 3: Osogbo city tour; visit Susan Wenger’s house, Freedom Park and Nike art gallery.
Day 4: Be at leisure. No organised tours.
Day 5: Go to Ataoja’ Palace for “Iboriade’’ where the sitting Ataoja of Osogbo would bless the crowns of past kings of the ancient town and the lighting of the over 600-year-old 16-point lamps known as “Ina Olujumerindinlogun’’.
Day 6: Join the procession to the groove for the “Arugba Ritual’’, the major highlights of the festival in which a virgin maiden carries a calabash containing items of sacrifice to appease and worship the goddess. She leads the procession across town to the grove.
Day 7: Departure
Tour Cost Includes:
a. Return transfer from Lagos
b. Daily breakfast and lunch or dinner
c. Shuttles from the hotel to the Grove and other tourist sites in town
d. Local Souvenirs
Tour Cost Excludes
1. International flight to Nigeria
2. Lagos Airport transfer (available at N10,000 per person)
3. Any item not expressly stated in the itinerary
Flight ticket is always available on request.
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