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Kajuru Castle: An unexpected mountain resort

Kajuru Castle  is a remote piece of wilderness most Nigerians  have never heard of – and only a few have been there. Designed typically European and similar to what is  seen on Western TV or publications.

Kajuru Castle is a luxury resort built in early medieval style at Kajuru village,  Kaduna State in  1978 by a German expatriate, who lived in Kaduna at the time. It took five years to build complete with turrets, armoury and dungeon,


Located at about 45 kilometres from Kaduna on the Southern Kachia road is the village of Kajuru. If one takes to the road at the right, in the centre of the town and drives past the Local Government Headquarters, for about 5-7 kilometres, one will see on the left a strange sight on a mountain ridge; a European castle in Africa! Indeed, the first timer may assume he is imagining things or his eyes are probably playing games on him, but this is for real.

The  breathtaking architectural master-piece is a tourist wonder of sorts. The style is very European and clearly German with a baronial hall, complete with suits of armour.

Being surrounded on all sides by mountains and hills give the castle a setting and an ambience  that offers a ‘Home away from Home’ experience for visitors, who need the sort of serenity to refresh, to reflect or simply to get away from a busy schedule.

The castle’s remote location and hilly topography is ideal for a hike.

In the castle, there are bedrooms looking like dungeons and several towers with crenelated walls.

The rooms are spread across the castle’s three floors, inside the structure to the left, which is the one that has the turrets at the top. On the right is the cylindrical castle building, also with its own apartments and rooms which include four dungeon-like bedrooms, a master suite (referred to as the Landlord’s residence and a baronial hall with a complement of armour.

On the rooftop, there is a set of tables and chairs that can sit no less than 10 guests at a time. There is also a garden but the most attractive part of the facility is the open courtyard with the large pool and pool chairs, plus a barbecue area complete with an outdoor oven.

The castle is made up of a magnificent large stainless steel swimming pool and well equipped kitchens (it is self-catering for those who can gain entry). It is a Private Property, and entry to this place is not very easy.

Beware there are also crocodiles in the moat protecting the castle gates! The road up to the castle requires a 4×4 vehicle.



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