Kajuru Castle is a luxury villa, built between the years 1981 and 1989, at Kajuru (Ajure) village in southern Kaduna State, Nigeria. It was built by a German expatriate in Nigeria, living in Kaduna at the time.
Kajuru Castle is located at about 45 km from Kaduna on a mountaintop in Kajuru (Ajure) village, Kaduna State.
Built with 1 meter thick granite stone in a fanciful medieval – inspired Romanesque style, it is adorned with turrets, an armory and a dungeon.
The castle is privately owned, and has the capacity to contain 150 guests.
Kajuru Castle Architectural design
Kajuru Castle is often described as an African version of the Bavarian Castle in a very grand 19th-century Romanesque revival style.
It has a baronial styled hall, coupled with dungeons and towers lined with crenellated walls. The castle also has a big “knight’s hall” and a landlords (masters) residence and several other rooms over its three floors.
When is the best time to visit?
Kajuru Castle is open on most days but busier during the weekends. Hence, you have to call the contact person to book your tour slot, at least a day before.
Visiting Kajuru Castle in Kaduna should be on the bucket list of every Nigerian adventurer.
Open Hours: All day
Contact person: +2348156440144
Tour fee: N20,000 per hour for a tour of 1-10 persons
Things to take with you: A camera, comfortable hiking shoes and swimming kit.
How to get to the castle
There are no signposts that show you the way and journey there from the city centre can take up to an hour. From Nnamdi Azikiwe Way, head north toward Dutsima Rd. After 2.7 km make a U-turn and continue to follow A2 for 10.8 km.
Continue onto A 235 for 13.6 km, turn slightly right to join A235 and continue for 36.5km. Turn right and continue straight for 3km.
You might want to hire a cab or bus to take you to your destination as the castle is quite hidden away in the rural area of Kajuru village. Take snacks and a shawl because the road is indeed long, dusty and windy.
Where to lodge
Because the castle was designed to be a home, there are only five rooms within. Each room is designed to give a medieval feel with different themes attached to them.
There’s also a kitchen, sauna and all that is needed to spend a night or even a weekend. However, spending a night/weekend at the castle is quite expensive, ranging from N310,000 to N570,000 depending on your plan.
If you need to spend a night in Kaduna, there are more affordable hotels somewhat close to the area. However, if you can afford to spend the night or the weekend at Kajuru, the castle is self catering so feeding arrangements are on you.
Things to do at Kajuru Castle
If you’re one for nature, adventure and exploring new place, Kajuru castle is a spot for you!
1. Enjoy a train ride from and back to Abuja
2. Explore Kaduna’s markets
3. Hike the trail of mountains surrounding Kajuru castle
4. Take a tour of the castle and hear all about its history from the “castle ghost”
5. See the crocodiles guarding the gates of the castle
6. Chill out and swim in the stainless steel majestic pool of the castle
7. Use the castle’s sauna
8. Have a barbecue at the castle with friends
9. Take lots of pictures!
Incident in April 2019
On 19 April 2019, unidentified terrorists armed with heavy weapons broke into the castle, killing two people, a British communication specialist and a Nigerian assistant for NGO company Mercy Corps. The unidentified terrorists also kidnapped three others.