The Koma Hills are located on the mountainous fringes bordering the Republic of Cameroon in the Jada LGA. The Koma (the inhabitants of the hills) trace their history back to a pre-modern people who lived in the area. They uphold many of their ancient cultural traditions.
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The Mandara Mountains lie in the north-eastern part of the state along the Cameroon border and is ideal for mountain climbing. The Shebshi Mountains are in the southeast of the state; their highest point is Mount Dimlang (6,699 feet or 2,042 metres).
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Sukur Cultural Landscape/Lamurde Hot Spring
The Sukur cultural landscape, consisting of a palace, villages, and the remains of an iron industry, is one of the outstanding features that qualify the state as the land of beauty. Located in the Madagali LGA, it was declared a World Heritage Site (WHS) by UNESCO in 1999 (the first in Nigeria) and has since become one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Some of the features of the landscape include the unique agricultural and produce preservation methods of the people such as terrace farming, as well as intriguing architectural designs. The Lamurde hot spring is also a part of the landscape.
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Gashaka-Gumti National Park
The Gashaka-Gumti National Park is one of the seven in Nigeria and cuts across two states (Taraba and Adamawa). It is the largest park in the country with an area of 6402 km². It features a diverse range of conservation and wildlife elements including savannah forests, wetlands, mountain habitats, waterfalls, rivers and streams. A number of activities such as game viewing, safari and sport fishing, are available to park visitors.
National Museum, Yola
The museum was established in 1988 in response to a government policy of establishing a Museum of National Unity in each state of the Federation. The museum manages the Sukur World Heritage site and the Fombina Palace Museum for the Adamawa Emirate Council in Yola. The palace museum contains ethnographic and historical collections detailing the history of the Adamawa (Fombina) Emirate.
National Museum of Colonial History, Sukur
The museum was established in 2010 to highlight Sukur’s rich cultural heritage. It manages and supervises the Eco Museum in Hong, which contains archaeological and ethnographical collections as well as a skills acquisition training centre.
Modibbo Adama’s Tomb
The final resting place of Modibbo Adama, the founder of the Adamawa Emirate, can be found at the Lamido’s Palace in Yola.
Annually, Adamawa plays host to 32 festivals, including the three-day Zhita in Bazza as well as Dukwa and Yawal in Madagali. There is also Sorro a Fulani day-long observance commemorating the initiation of a group of boys into manhood. It is held in Yola and usually takes place in February.
The Kilba people of Hong are renowned for their Tiwe festival which runs for 120 days. It is a funerary rite which features sacrifices to ancestors, the pouring of libations, incantations, drumming, singing and dancing, as well as street processions. Festivals such as the Njuwa Fishing Festival, which holds at Lake Njuwa in Yola, and the Yinagu Fishing Festival at Michika attract people from within and outside the state from the month of March through to May each year.