Orufu Lake is located at Agu-Umuile in Idi-Opi, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria. The Umuile community holds the lake to high esteem and usually refer to it as sacred because of its cultural, traditional and religious significance. According to legend, there is a superstitious belief among the traditional community of Umuile that their people return to the water once they die; in fact, most of them believe that their ancestors live in the Lake, the authenticity of this has not been verified though.
The Lake stands as a testimony to the serene beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed upon the community. This hidden gem is an attractive sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Orufu Lake captivates visitors with its natural splendor, showcasing the magnificent balance of rich vegetation and glistening waterways. It is the perfect location for people looking for a relaxing getaway from the daily grind because the scenery provides a calm sanctuary. The lake is surrounded by a dense forest thus making it a magnificent setting for any visitor. Whether you’re a keen photographer or just want to relax, Orufu Lake’s landscape offers an alluring environment that will undoubtedly make an impression.
Orufu Lake and its environs is a haven for birdwatchers, boasting a diverse range of avian species. As you stroll along the lake’s shores, You’ll get to hear a symphony of birdsong and get a close-up look at the colourful feathered inhabitants. Visitors can fully appreciate the beauty of the surroundings by taking nature walks on the nearby paths. There are other important landmarks within and outside the lake but they are being threatened by human and natural activities such as wood logging and flooding. Orufu Lake holds cultural significance for the Umuile community. It is not only a source of livelihood for the residents but also a place with historical and cultural ties. There is a cottage close to the lake where the chief custodian offers sacrifices to the lake before any visitor can be allowed access to the lake. The lake is a body of water that is believed to have some spiritual powers and witnesses a lot of rituals, sacrifices and festivals. It is utilised by traditional worshippers and others for a variety of spiritual ceremonies. Relying on the presumed spiritual powers of this lake, many people come and do rituals and sacrifices in anticipation of getting their problems solved.
Engage with the chief custodian, the locals guides and Umuile community to learn more about the traditions associated with the lake, and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich heritage of Umuile Idi-Opi Nsukka.