Destination of the Week: Zaria

Destination of the Week: Zaria

Fondly referred to as Z-town, Zaria is a cosmopolitan, wealthy, historical and religious city. It played a key role in the development of Kaduna state, spread of the Islamic religion as well as trade in Northern Nigeria.

Formerly know as Zazzau, Zaria is circled by walls and fortresses that largely served as refuge during war. The city has a strong traditional institution that still exists today through the emir of Zaria. However, the powers of these institutions were abruptly ended with the invasion commanded by Frederick Lugard in 1901.

Despite the invasion of civilization, there are several tourists attractions that are worth checking out in Zaria. This and much more will be unveiled as Jumia Travel, Africa’s number 1 hotel booking portal drives you through the sights and sounds of Zaria. Don’t forget to fasten your seat belt!

Top three Sites

Zaria city walls and gates

The Zaria city walls and gates were an impregnable fortress that protected the inhabitants of the city from enemies and attackers. Zaria has a total of 8 gates which are largely preserved even though only seven are currently being used. It is worth visiting because the walls and gates are an integral part of the history of Zaria.

Emir’s Palace

The Emir’s Palace is not only a place where the emir resides but also, a location to preserve the cultural symbols of Zaria for future generations. In addition, the beautiful and amazing architectural design of the palace will leave you awestruck. The head and traditional ruler of the palace is Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Barewa College

Being the first among equals is something to be proud of. This is why visiting the oldest high school in the Northern Region is essential. Many wealthy and influential Nigerians have been educated at the school.


Zaria is a melting pot where you find almost all the tribes and religion in the city. It is a peaceful and quiet place where you have a pleasant and inexpensive meal. So, whatever your cuisine preference, you can walk into the following restaurants-Kamala Foods and Restaurants, Hot Spices, Mama Bushi Restaurants, Food stepz, Wadata Food Palace and Triumph services among others to eat.


You will mainly find budget hotels in Zaria that are also classy. On, you can book hotels like Jerry Marriott Guest House, Emerald Suites, Nuba Poly Guest Inn, Top Villa Suites, Walter Miller Guest House and Zarurakh Hotel and suites. The process is seamless!


Yusad Shopping Mall, Queens world store, Havana Biz Center, Rhapsody sales outlet and goldmark concept Limited.

Fun fact

The Zaria city walls and gates were constructed between the 13th and 14th century.


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