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.
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.
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.
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.
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.