About 45 kilometres south-east of Kaduna on the Kachia road is the Local Government Area of Kajuru. If you take the road at the right from the centre of the town and drive past the local government headquarters for about six kilometres, you will see on the left a strange sight on a mountain ridge – a European castle in Africa!
Kajuru Castle is not an ancient monument. It was built in 1978 by a controversial German expatriate living in Kaduna. The style is very European and clearly German, with a baronial hall complete with suits of armour. The views of the surrounding mountains and fascinating inselbergs are terrific, and were clearly behind the decision to build the castle here.
There are bedrooms that look like dungeons and several towers with battlements. There is a magnificent large stainless steel swimming pool and well-equipped kitchens.
The accommodation is self-catering for those who can gain entry – but first you have to brave the crocodiles in a pit protecting the huge gates! The road up is not for the faint-hearted either, nor for vehicles without plenty of horsepower under the bonnet. But the journey is worth the effort!