Ebomi Lake; The Bottomless Lake
Ebomi Lake, also known as the Bottomless Lake is a 1.5 km long body of water, located in the sleepy reserve of Ipesi Akoko, along the northeastern border of Ondo State, South-West Nigeria.
The lake is also called “the bottomless lake” because of its depth, which has been difficult to approximate or estimate. It stretches through a distance of almost 2km and is about 45m wide. According to oral history, which was passed down through the years.
It is said that when the people of Ipesi Akoko arrived at their present ancestral home, they met the Ebomi Lake at Ipesi. They couldn’t find the appropriate words to describe their curiosity about the topographies of the lake, they decided to call the weirdly wide body of water ”Abami’, which literally means ‘mysterious’. This name, with time, changed to “Ebomi” which is the name it is being called to this day.
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The lake, according to the residents of Ipesi Akoko, has supernatural powers for protecting the villagers during the times of war. The lake is believed to have unseen soldiers that fight battles for the Ipesi people. In addition, it is also believed that the lake’s deities give the villagers different gifts such as children, fishes, fowls amongst others.
Common wildlife sightings around the lake include antelopes, bush pigs, mischievous squirrels, variety of birds and fishes, which all give photographers and nature-loving tourists an unlimited scope to savour.
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