Mount Ned Nwoko Tourism Center, Asaba, Delta is a one-stop resort center for tourists and indeed fun seekers to visit at least once in a life time.
The center boasts of an 18 hole golf course, situated on 120 hectares land space, in the ancient royal kingdom of Idumuje Ugboko, in Delta State of Nigeria.
Amongst other amazing amenities, the Mount Ned Nwoko Tourism Center also holds the bragging rights as the second highest town in the South-South, siting pretty at 1,000ft above sea-level which largely explains why the town has zero presence of Mosquitoes.
The Mount Ned Nwoko resort is one of only 21 tourism sites approved by delta state government. The land which the property is based was acquired in 1999 and the building works began this same year, thus taking 12 years to complete.
The concept of this building is to try and recreate our traditional architecture.
A unique and challenging mix of African, Western and Eastern architectural styles in one “master piece” mansion. There are about 36 tastefully furnished rooms with state of the art decorations, artifacts, artworks, and pictures of African Western and Eastern origin; but with a typical African palace setting.
Upon visiting the vast estate the reason becomes clear. to entitle this site a paradise made in heaven would be quite apt. this village within a village, or the mount as it is known, is divided up into 3 sections: the museum like mansion, the fruitful farm, the peaceful parks and the animal kingdom consisting of zoo, fishponds and poultry. All of which were the making of the mount of delta’s flare and passion for architecture and agriculture.
On entering the estate from the drive the substantial modern and elegant two –storey edifice is visible along the picturesque and stylish feature fountain. Be mesmerized and relaxed by the site and sounds of this tiered flowing water feature which forms a focal point at the front of the mansion. at night it becomes a sight to behold when it is illuminated and the beauty is magnified.
The mansion itself, which is a joy to the eye both inside and outside, is the result of several ideas combined to make a masterpiece which exceeds the standards of many western castles. Culture from countries such as Nigeria, morocco, Syria, Ghana, Israel and more have been infused into them.
The dome for example is purely hand carved by Moroccans- a process which took over 3 years to complete by itself! Amongst this is a British designed room which would leave anyone coming abroad from this destination feels right at home. in the midst of all this, Prince Ned Nwoko kept his roots at hearts having a fair portion of the mansion being made from local red sand. Overall the building has 17 rooms.
These include 5 receptions, 1 dining room, and 12 en-suite bedrooms. Adjoined to the villa is a whole array of entertainment that one could not possibly all utilize in a day. For casual/sporting activities, the mount is equipped with a dart board, a pool table, a lawn tennis court and ping-pong table. Once you are done sweating it out, why not cool off in the Olympic depth pool or better yet, climb the eye- catching tower to the highest point in delta state.
With four storey; standing at 100 ft, this means the highest point in the whole of the state is right towering at 1100ft above sea level. Due to the height of this medieval tower, this makes it also the naturally coolest point in the state usually about 1-6 degrees cooler depending on the crosswinds.
Facing to the north, one can see the masts from Ubiaja and Ewohimi. To the east, masts from oniocha-Olona and Issele-uku are viewable. Last but not the least, from the west far in the distance are masts from Ubulu-uku, Igbodo and Umunede.
To every corner of the park is the ambiance of warmth and peace- the outside really is as welcoming as it gets. No wonder people love to come round even just to catch the evening sun.
The developments and ideas do not stop here though the vision Nwoko envisages several other plans including a lake.
This manor is already a piece of intelligent planning and creation yet something more than beautiful; a true work of genius. Soon enough will be the location of STARS UNIVERSITY; a purpose built sports university where future Nigerian sport stars will be forged through academic excellence.
Check out Some of the major side attractions of the resort….
An Egyptian pyramid like structure on the surface but a fair ground amusement passage constructed underground, a passage that leads to rooms for fun, tourists are thrilled to good music, stocked bar and relaxation rooms. The tunnel is about 14ft deep and quite spacious. Time out in the tunnel is truly a life time experience.
The tower is the highest point in Delta state, it is a 100FT structure built on a 1000FT location, which makes it a 1100FT high. At a glance you might think it’s a kind of security post but it’s not.It is actually residential, consisting of five floors of studio flats deliberately finished as part of the castle structure for tourists who can see as far as Ubiaja and Ewohimi in Edo state, Iseluku, and Umunede. From the tower you can see as far as 35 miles because this is the highest building in Delta state. The last floor is a unique sit out, with a well stocked bar and music.
The zoo is managed by a professional zoologist and veterinary doctors. The center houses assorted monkeys, guinea pigs, antelopes, Billy goat, tortoises, baboon, cheetah, crocodiles, snakes, porcupines, emus and exotic birds such as cranes, flamingos, ostriches, peacocks, eagles, hawks, geese, pigeons and foreign ducks.
This is a spectacular water fountain, uniquely different from any fountain in the world. Engineering speaking, it took a long time to construct due to the challenging design and form. This unique ornamental feature adorns a strategic location in the mansion; consist of a jet of water that is forced up in various directions into the air forming a harmonious sequence. You can see the different water nozzles, pipes and colorful lights that give a unique water splash better experienced at night.
An organized large collection of tropical fruit trees spread in a vast golf course welcomes you to the estate. The orchard is made up of assorted mangoes, oranges, banana, tangerine, coconut trees, guava trees, grape trees, cashew trees, kola nut trees, Avocado trees, lime trees, lemon trees, pawpaw trees and numerous native African plants such as Ogbono tree, Ichiku tree, Arigba tree etc.