The capital of Adamawa State is a spacious town on the banks of the Benue. Formerly the capital of the Fulani State until the British arrived in 1901, the town is divided in to two parts, the old town and administrative centre, Jimeta. Yola is also home to the American University of Nigeria.
Yola is an easily-navigable town where most of what’s available is visible on the roadside including textiles, fruit and vegetables.
Choice is limited. The Pool Bar Restaurant on Garkida Road on the north side of Jimeta has a choices of dishes, a garden and cold drinks. Dreams on 13 Atiku Abubakar Road next to the police roundabout serves burgers, chicken and other fast food standards.
Most of the hotels are located in Jimeta, 5km north of the city centre. Jokems Airport View Hotel, (075-627127, jokemsairportviewhotel.com, 9 Gumti Road, Kofare Industrial Area) is near the airport. Accomodation is quiet and the restaurant serves Nigerian as well as Western dishes like spaghetti, fried breakfasts and stre. The Meridien on Galadima Aminu Way is a reasonable alternative if Jokems is full.
6700 square kilometres of mountainous forest and savannah land border Cameroon. The area is now Gashaka-Gumpti National Park, site of a major World Wildlife Fund project and home to chimps, lions, elephants, leopards and hartebeests. There is simple accomodation in Serti, a village on the Yola – Gembu road where rangers and vehicles are available to hire. The trip is not for those who like their creature comforts but adventure and nature-lovers will be rewarded with an experience to remember.