Most of the publication available about Daniski Hill mainly narrate the history of those who once lived on the hill, measuring and describing structural remains of settlements which indicate significant features and factors of the region’s history: multi-ethnicity, migration, ascent to supremacy and early industrial activities. This research is more concerned with assessing the likely physical, economic and socio-cultural implication of reviving tourism on the historic Hill. The authors have carried out an ethnographic research, and conducted an interview with some of those who visited the Hill three years ago, as well as the residents of the nearby village, some metres away from the foothill of the study area. This was done so as to collect data, assess and reveal the physical, economic and socio-cultural implication of reviving tourism there. The respondents were asked to provide any other reason that prompted them to visit the study area apart from the ones listed, which are: tourism (appreciation of ancestral homeland, appreciation of geographical features, demystifying legend/myth, sightseeing); collection of medicinal herbs; ethnic purposes (revival of past glory, participation in ceremonial activities); gathering of fuelwood; grazing; hideout; hunting of animals; political purposes; research (observation of archaeological remains, observation of architectural monuments); spiritual purposes; and treasure hunting. The respondents also answered multiple questions associated with physical, economic and socio-cultural implication, in which the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to describe their responses. The research was limited to the Plateau and the surrounding area of Daniski Hill. This paper could serve as a reminder to those managing the Hill of what they should be mindful of so as to conserve the area sustainably, without causing a physical, economic and socio-cultural damages to the site.
Citation: Yusuf Maina-Bukar, Yau Saidu, Usman Mohammed Taa (2021) The Implication of Reviving Tourism on Daniski Hill, International Journal of Physical and Human Geography, Vol.9, No.1, pp.36-51