Explore Nigeria
Nigeria
Collage of scenic landscapes

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a West African country on the Gulf of Guinea. The country is home to iconic natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. The ethnic groups are a testament of Nigeria's rich culture, history and traditions. Protected areas such as Yankari National Park and Cross River National Park have dense rainforests, waterfalls, and savannah that serve as natural habitat to rare primate species. Nigeria also boasts scenic beaches worth exploring for their innate serenity. 


Popular cities: 

  • Lagos

  • Calabar 

  • Uyo

  • Benin City

  • Ibadan

  • Port Harcourt

Climate
Nigeria has a tropical climate with variable dry and rainy seasons, depending on location. The best time to visit the country is between November and February.

  • January — Dry
  • February — Dry
  • March — Dry
  • April — Dry
  • May — Humid
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Humid
  • November — Dry
  • December — Dry
Things to do
City Life

Lagos is Nigeria's largest and the most happening city. The charm of this metropolis lies in soaking up the vibrant ambience. New Afrika Shrine, once an iconic nightclub, is an important place of pilgrimage for any music lover. If you love music and dancing this place has the perfect ambience for you. Calabar is the gateway to the exotic reserves of the Cross River and the rainforests of the Afi Mountains. Obudu Cattle Ranch is the prime attraction here. Port Harcourt is known for its beautiful beach and lively nightlife. It offers a nice retreat from wildlife safari. Uyo is surrounded by green swathes of mangrove forests and offers a vibrant nightlife of music bars and nightclubs. Ibeno Beach is the prime attraction of this city. Benin City is an industrial town with an undying history of its own. It houses architectural feats, fascinating open-air bronze workshops, museums and bustling streets reflecting the culture and traditions of this city. Victoria Island encompassing Ikoyi, Lekki Peninsula and Lagos Island is one of the top destinations in Nigeria owing to its urban delights and affluent area. There are several nightclubs and bars where you can enjoy nightlife to the fullest. The streets are dotted with upmarket boutiques, indie bookshops, artisan bakeries, fine restaurants and much more. Terra Kulture Arts Center is famous for showcasing Nigerian handicrafts and paintings. 


Heritage/Historical Places

The Calabar Museum is set in a colonial structure. The museum displays a variety of artefacts and artworks of pre-colonial and colonial era, relics of British Empire and much more. An exquisite collection of 'ritual terracotta' can be found at the museum. National Museum of Unity, located in Ibadan, promotes and conserves cultural heritage of Nigeria through its rich collection of objects and artifacts from different ethnic groups of the country. Jos Museum is notable for its rich collection of intricately carved pottery and ancient Nok terracotta sculptures. It also exhibits rail systems from Colonial Nigeria. Gidan Makama Museum is one of Nigeria's National Monuments. It houses 11 galleries which showcase different aspects of Kano and its history, including civil war, music, architecture and religion. The National War Museum was founded to commemorate the casualties, soldiers and victims of the Civil War in the country. It displays relics from the war including warships, local bombs, armored tanks and much more. The Benin City National Museum exhibits several artifacts related to the Benin Empire such as bronze figurines, cast iron pieces and terracotta. The Royal Palace of Oba in the ancient city of Benin is renowned as the home of the Oba of Benin and other royals. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a preservation of Benin's rich culture. Bower Memorial Tower, Kaduna National Museum, Oron Museum, Owo Museum, Badagry Heritage Museum are some other prominent places which offer an insightful look into Nigeria’s culture & history. 


Nature & Wildlife
Yankari National Park is famous for ecotourism in Nigeria. On the safari trip, you'll find large herds of African elephants among other exotic wildlife species such as Tantalus monkey, West African lion, African buffalo, olive baboon, roan antelope and patas monkey. It also shelters over 350 species of birds. Kainji National Park consists of three distinct sectors namely Kainji Lake, Borgu Game Reserve and Zugurma Game Reserve. The savanna woodland and the pristine lake makes it one of a kind. It houses about 350 species of birds, 65 mammal species and 30 species of reptiles and amphibians. Even though fishing is restricted at the lake you can still enjoy the beautiful landscapes it creates. Cross River National Park, located in Cross River State, consists of moist tropical rainforests and mangrove swamps. It is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. Kwa Falls and Agbokim Falls enhance the beauty of this place. Several primate species such as chimpanzees, Cross River gorillas and drills can be spotted in the park. Okomu National Park is the last habitat for many endangered species. Forest walks in this park are quite popular. Along with medical plants you can spot various animals including African Buffalo, red river hog, civet cat, Maxwell's duiker, mona monkey, tree pangolin and many others. There are well marked trails to help you explore the park and its wildlife. Erin Ijesha Waterfall also known as Olumirin waterfalls is located in Erin-Ijesha. Many tourists travel to this city to particularly spend time at this majestic waterfalls. Some people also come here to drink from the waterfall as it is said to have healing properties. Owing to this, the natives regard the waterfall as a sacred site. It is an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate with friends and family. Idanre Hills is another scenic place in Nigeria known for its breathtaking landscapes. There are great steps that lead to the peak with five rest and viewpoints. Your way to the top features astounding views of lush greenery. On the top there are certain monuments that add to the historical importance of these hills. Some of these monuments include the old court at Odeja, Oshikogbe stone site, Omi Arun, Asurin quarters, Chief Lorin house, Omi Apaara and much more. Afi River Forest Reserve, situated between Mbe Mountains Community Forest and Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, is one of the largest forest blocks remaining in Nigeria. Both the reserves are home to Cross River gorillas. Besides mountain gorillas, you'll also find Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, gray-necked rockfowl and the drill in Afi Mountain wildlife sanctuary. Gashaka Gumti National Park and Edumanom National Forest are also worth a visit for their natural beauty and wildlife.
Beaches

Nigeria has vast coastal plains in its southeast and southwest regions. Beaches in these regions are the best spots in the country for relaxation. La Campagne Tropicana offers stunning views, wholesome cultural experience and a serene tropical ambience. Its golden sands and tranquil waves make it the best place in Nigeria to calm your body, mind and soul. Ifoko Beach in Port Harcourt remains one of the only beaches in Nigeria that isn't man-made. You can spot exotic sea creatures in the translucent waters. Calabar Beach is quite popular for its white sand, crystal clear water offering breathtaking views and sweet solitude. Akodo Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Nigeria. The Atlantic Ocean graces the white sands offering great views and innate tranquility. Ibeno Beach is the longest beach in West Africa. Its white sands stretch from JamesTown, through a number of riverine communities, to the Atlantic Ocean. Tarkwa Bay Beach is the prime attraction of Lagos. It offers a perfect escape from the hectic life in the city. Adorned with lush waters and palm trees this beach is famous for horse riding and sun bathing. Eleko Beach and Patigi Beach are also popular among locals. 


Places of Worship
Abuja National Mosque also known as Nigerian National Mosque is an epitome of Islamic architecture in Nigeria. It enhances the beauty of Abuja cityscapes. Its architectural grandeur will leave you spellbound. Duke Town Chapel is considered to be one of the oldest Christian worshipping houses in Nigeria. It's one of the most peaceful places in the country.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

You can visit prominent places in Nigeria in 8 to 10 days. Spend a day or two in Lagos, exploring the vibrant city and the famous La Campagne Tropicana beach. Take a detour to the scenic Victoria Island for a day or two. Back to the mainland, take a day trip to Erin-Ijesha waterfalls in Osun state. A day trip to Idanre Hills near Akure is a must when you visit Nigeria. Its landscapes and historical monuments will leave you stunned. Moving upwards, spend a day exploring the extensive Kainji National Park. It has an exotic game reserve and the park also serves as a great spot for bird watching. You can also plan a short day excursion to the beautiful Yankari National Park located in the south-central part of Bauchi state. Spend a day in Abuja for a retreat from wildlife safaris. Do visit the Abuja National Mosque while you are here. From here, visit the Cross River National Park for a day or two as the park encompasses a vast land area. Calabar is a short distance from Cross River Park, so that could be your next stopover. You can indulge in several activities in the vibrant city of Calabar. Also, visit the serene Calabar beach to rejuvenate and relax. Visit Uyo for a day to spend quality time at the famous Ibeno beach. From here, go to Port Harcourt to spend a day at the Ifoko beach and enjoy a subtle nightlife. Your last stopover could be in Benin City. You can spend a day exploring the city’s exquisite museums to know more about Nigeria’s culture and history. 


Cuisine
  • Hundreds of ethnic groups of the country have an immense influence on Nigerian Cuisine. Spices and herbs with groundnut oil and palm are used extensively to create deeply flavoured sauces and soups. Some of the lip-smackingly delicious dishes include Joll of Rice, Pounded Yam, Efo Riro, Egusi soup, Akara, Pepper soup, Beef Stew, Nkwobi and many others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Nigeria can vary, the average cost of food is approx. NGN 600 (USD 1.46) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 10 days

Known For
  • Wildlife
  • Beaches
  • Waterfalls
Areas to Visit
  • Lagos and Calabar for urban delights, beaches and cultural tours
  • National parks such as Yankari, Kainji and Cross River for nature and wildlife
  • Victoria Island for watersports, nightclubs and shopping
  • Idanre Hills for adventure, scenic landscapes and historical sites

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