Gombe State in Nigeria’s North Eastern region is the Jewel In The Savannah. It is a state that has a lot of tourist sites of attractions to explore. The state which was formed in October 1996 from part of the old Bauchi State by the Abacha military government within the expansive savannah, allows the state to share common borders with Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa, and Bauchi.
If you are an adventurer looking for places to explore especially uncharted hills and rock climbing, where crowds would not be a menace to you, I would certainly tell you to #ExploreGombe.
Kilang Hill, Popandi Village
The Kilang Hill at 1000ft above sea level is an outstanding feature in North Eastern Nigeria. 2km away from Yamaltu/Deba Local Government, the hill is the first feature that captures the attention of travellers approaching Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State.
Kilang Hill and its surroundings are of great economic importance to the people of Popandi in terms of farming and economic trees. Such economic trees include Boabao (Kuka), locust beans (Dorowa), Palmyara trees (Giginya), Shea butter (Kadanya) and many more.
The northern part of the hill which is the side that is directly facing Popandi settlement are farmlands of “Kaleh clan”. These farms are called “Kangwalak” which is toward the foot of the hill, while the upper part is toward the summit of the hill is called “Kasusura”. The footpath that leads to the summit of the hill passes through these sides.
“The portrait of Kilang Hill in the palace of Mai Kaltungo has accorded its natural background, the high ambitions, and expectation of the people of Kaltungo Chiefdom in various field of endeavour. It equally implies high level of achievement attained in history and more to be achieved in due course”
The Kilang Hill is no easy place to hike with the terrains being rough, rugged with sharp stones and unidentified flora scattered around.
The Kilang Hill remains and unexplored sight with most evident activities around and atop the hills being farming, hunting, cattle rearing and sacrificial activities.