Nigeria is a large country consisting of a vast number of cities, towns and districts; and while some of these locations including Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt are popularly noted and visited, there are other destinations – though are not popular – that have a lot to offer fun-seeking visitors. One of such lesser-known destinations is Sapele, a town within Delta State, an oil-producing state in the Southern region.
The general idea is that Sapele is a trading village, and it is only popular for saw-milling, other industrial activities considering the major ports located in the suburb. There is however more to Sapele than is generally known. The environment is attractive in its unique way and the cosmopolitan character of its inhabitants is bound to spur fun for tourists as well as visitors. Visiting Sapele and searching for fun thing to do? Here are 5 things to do for fun in Sapele.
Have a taste of “Sapele Water”
It is not secret that the name of the town is the inspiration for the popular appellation for local gin/schnapp -“ Sapele Water”. Musicians, including the late Kefee have hinted on the general love for local gin in the area . Take time off at night and visit one of the beer parlors, nightclubs and even bars located in the hotels around the city for a taste of this thrilling concoction which is believed to be therapeutic when taken. Wouldn’t it be nice to say: “Oh! I had a taste of sapele water while visiting Sapele”?
Hit the streets for a taste of roasted edible worms
Like most towns in the country, Sapele boasts of certain street foods that are peculiar to them. One of these street delights is “roasted edible worms”. These worms which are harvested from palm trees are spiced and fried or roasted and stuck on sticks like kebab or suya. Hawkers are also seen selling the snack along Sapele express roads as well. It is far from repulsive and leaves the consumer wanting more.
Rent a canoe, ferry to Benin
Sapele, although consisting mainly of Urohobo indigenes and located in delta state, is often mistaken to be a town located in Edo state as it is very close to Benin and actually connected to the city by ferry. If you are feeling a little adventurous and have not visited Benin before, you may want to seize the opportunity, rent a canoe or ferry boat from this town and row yourself all the way to Benin.
Indulge yourself with gastronomic delights at Aroma Foodland
The Aroma Foodland is the number 1 go-to place for people seeking a casual dining within the city. Popular for its offering of a range of gastronomic delights, the location is a must-go for visitors who are engaged in a serious love relationship with their tongue and stomach. Your mouth is bound to water on visiting this venue. The good thing is that you can also sample some of the local delicacies at the site.
Ben down and shop at Sapele Main market
A great place to shop for souvenirs, an array of foods, clothing and accessories, Sapele market is a great place to explore while visiting the town. Although the old main market was gutted by fire and most of the traders had to move to the roadside, reconstruction is currently going on and the market will be back in full swing. It is easily accessible by bus or taxi.