Does This Nigerian Waterfall Really Have Healing Powers?

Man has long sought the mythical “fountain of youth” all over the world and for thousands of years. There are many mythical stories about where the fountain of youth is located or about the secret cities where one returns to one’s youth. According to the Nigerians, their Awhum Waterfall is filled with healing powers and is a secret largely unknown to the outside world.

Maybe the fountain of youth has finally been found – and maybe the fountain of youth isn’t in Florida after all. Travel to St. Augustine – America’s oldest city – and you’ll find the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park where you can experience a very different view of what and where the Fountain of Youth is.

Where and what is the Awhum waterfall?

Awhum Waterfall is located in Enugu State, Southern Nigeria. Here, one will find a tropical region with many fascinating histories, cultures and traditions. The waterfall is formed from a massive granite outcrop and is normally warm enough to enjoy and bathe in most seasons (it can still get a bit chilly in the winter).

  • Location: Amaugwe village in southern Nigeria
  • Height: 30 meters (90 feet)
  • Oh um: Sometimes spelled: “Ohum”

The Awhum Waterfall is a local attraction with many locals believing the water has special healing powers. But not only is it believed to have special healing powers, it is also believed to be able to cast out evil spirits if used. It is particularly popular with religious tourists in the region.

Awhum water is sacred in Nigeria

Due to the local belief that water wards off evil spirits, a monastery was built nearby. The Awhum Waterfall has become a destination of pilgrimage and prayer for Nigerian Christians and is considered sacred.

Awhum Waterfall Beliefs

  • Healing: The Awhum waterfall has special healing powers
  • Evil spirits: The Awhum Waterfall chases away evil spirits

There is a sign at the waterfall stating:

“All pilgrims may enter together and pray but where numbers do not permit, a group should only spend 20 minutes and exit. No deliverances or exorcisms are permitted at the following locations: this ending point, along from the source or the river, inside the cave and the waterfall.”

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Is Awhum Waterfall the fountain of youth?

The fountain of youth is a mythical story and therefore the fountain of youth does not exist. But still, even though there is no scientific proof of its special healing powers, it is worth visiting for its stunning surroundings and natural beauty if one travels to Nigeria.


  • Is the Awhum waterfall a real fountain of youth? : Nope

Awhum Waterfall Tour

Today, one can visit Nigeria’s “fountain of youth”. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the West African country. According to a Google Rater, women should wear a shirt or a dress in the cave with the sacred waterfall and the monastery, so women should consider taking a skirt or a dress. Women are also encouraged to cover their hair.

  • Admission: Free
  • Dress code: Women would need to wear a dress in the monastery (possibly also a waterfall)
  • Photography: Forbidden in the waterfall cave
  • Opening hours: Closed after 4 p.m.


To get to Awhum Waterfall, there is a 45 minute walk from the parking lot. During your stay, take time to explore the many other pristine lakes and stunning scenery in the area. Some lakes have picturesque white sand beaches.

The lakes and streams teem with fish – some 50 different species of fish. Some even claim that some of the local lakes have even been fished before.

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Nigeria and Awhum Waterfall Guided Tours

If one wishes to visit Nigeria, there are many guided tours in this beautiful country far from the beaten track. Visitors are amassed by the beauty and diversity of Nigeria. Visit Nigeria Now lists a number of guided tours across Nigeria. These tours may or may not include visits to the Awhum Waterfall.


If you want to get a guided tour specifically to Nigeria’s “fountain of youth”, consider contacting a local guide for a personalized tour. One can email or call local guides on Visit Nigeria Now to arrange a private and personalized tour of Nigeria.


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