Ikogosi warm spring Ekiti state is a tourist attraction located at Ikogosi in Ekiti state. Southwestern Nigeria.
Flowing with the warm springs is another cold spring which meets the warm spring at a conflux, each maintaining its thermal properties.
This great attribute make Ikogosi warm spring Ekiti states a tourist attraction in Nigeria.
Research insinuated that the warm spring has a temperature of about 70°C at the source (Origination) and 37°C at the conflux.
In 1952, Southern Baptist missionary, Rev. John S. McGee, from his mission base in the nearby Ekiti town of Igede, went to the source of the hot and cold springs.
Initially, he was discouraged from doing this, for reasons of the tradition he had heard from the local residents, which was that nobody should ever visit the source of these two streams,
because of the idea that to do so would be to invite death from the supernatural forces that were responsible for this strange, and most unusual, feature of nature.
In spite of these “warnings,” Rev. McGee made his way through the bush/forest, up the hill to the source of the two side-by-side springs.
According to Rev. McGee’s later brief, written account, He said “After seeing it, I felt that it could be used for a good purpose. I discussed the possible use of it with some of the Mission and (Nigerian Baptist) Convention friends. With the growing interest of Royal Ambassador work, and youth work, we felt that it could best be used by building a Youth Camp.
He took it up with the Ekiti Association and they decided to build a camp for their R.A.s and G.A.s. The land was secured through the Convention.
Having had the water from both springs tested to ensure its purity, Rev. McGee, with support from the Ekiti Baptist Association of churches and the Nigerian Baptist Convention who secured 28 acres of land which was the original camp, began planning for the building of the camp.
The Baptist Mission architect, Rev. Wilfred Congdon (located at the Baptist Mission in Oshogbo) drew the design and plans for the original buildings, which were built in this order: the swimming pool, fed by the warm springs (built in 1962); a combination dining hall, large kitchen and storage areas; eight (8) small cabins, and others.
According to a letter from Mrs. Doris McGee, “In l, we had 734 people stay at the camp either in the 12 camps or retreats, or on local leave or vacations. Already in the first four months of this year we have had 322 people in seven camps or retreats or for rest.”