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Nigeria Travel Guide and Information


Overview of Nigeria

Nigeria, a country in West Africa, is known for its diversity, culture, its friendly people and much more. Home to an ethnically diverse society, it is one of the few countries where archeological evidence of human race was first found dating as far as 900 B.C. The historical monuments and sites are abundant in Nigeria, and attract tourists who visit from all over the world to experience this stunning and exceptional country. Nigeria, being an African country, is of course also acknowledged for its wildlife thriving in its safari parks & game reserves to play an integral part in its African culture. Nigeria is one of the fastest growing economies of the region, and is still booming as development continues .It is also one of the West African countries known for its oil reserves which have opened new opportunities for Nigeria in the world. Being a member of the commonwealth countries, it is also one of the most populated countries in the region; it stands at number seven in terms of its population. Nigeria is one country that will definitely amplify your African experience and will make your holiday a fun and exciting experience. Nigeria shares land borders with Chad and Cameroon in the east, Benin in the west, and Niger in the north. To its south lies the Atlantic Ocean. The Nigeria coastline is lined with exotic and exquisite beaches, housing resorts and hotels which guarantee a relaxing five-star experience for their visitors. With so much to offer, Nigeria is worth a visit and you can fly to this country by contacting us for availing cheap flights.

Geography

Nigeria takes its name from the Niger River, which is one of the largest rivers in Africa. Apart from the Niger River there is the Benue River in Nigeria. The Benue converges with the Niger delta which is home to the African mangroves. There are many valleys surrounding the two rivers, with rugged highlands lying to the southwest of the Niger River. To the southeast of Benue River there are mountains forming the Malimba plateau. Nigeria is a topographically diverse country. The area near the Cameroon border is rich with rainforests, but as you move south the forests are replaced by grasslands. The savannah zone, home to the wildlife in the country, lies between the far south and the far north.

Climate

The temperature and climate vary according to the topography. Rainforests experience rain and have a tropical rainforest climate and so does the mangrove region. Savannahs experience 20-60 inches of rain every year. The areas that receive 20 inches of rain are usually dry and desert areas.

Major cities

Nigeria has almost thirty six states and a federal capital territory. The states are further divided into divisions to make administration easier. But most of the time these divisions make it much harder to be administered and run properly. Nigeria has many large cities, marking population zones numbering more than a million settlers. Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Benin City, Zaria and Maiduguri are some of the major cities in Nigeria that are worth visiting.

Getting in

The best way to get to Nigeria is by air. There are a number of flights to Nigeria available from all over the world. Nigeria has 22 airports spread throughout the country. Of all these airports, four of them are international airports catering not only leisure travellers but also investors and business travellers coming in to Nigeria. There are also many airstrips and airfields that generally serve the air force and also the various oil companies operating in Nigeria. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is one of the international airports which is located in Abuja and serves the capital city of Nigeria. The airport has two terminals, domestic and international, and is one of the most used airports in the country. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is another airport that facilitates international flights. The airport is located in Kano. It is one of the oldest in Nigeria and is used for flying Cargo off to other countries as well. Murtala Muhammed International Airport is located in Ikeja, a city which falls within the stage of Lagos. The airport was built during World War II, and since then it has been a major airport serving the city of Lagos and the surrounding areas. Port Harcourt International Airport is another prominent international airport in Nigeria. Located in the city of Omagwa, the airport caters to international and domestic flights. The airport was closed for reconstruction, but is now open again for all kinds of flights, charter as well as commercial traffic. If you are really adventurous and want to try something exciting, then cruise to Nigeria via the Gulf of Guinea. Cruising will be a fun and different experience as it will allow you to explore the coastline as well as the beaches which border the city.

Must visit

One city that defines the true Nigerian experience is Lagos. One of the largest urban centers which originated on islands, this huge metropolis is undoubtedly the beating heart of Nigeria and one of the reasons why Nigeria attracts so many tourists, investors and businessmen. With almost 80 percent manufacturing taking place in the city or the suburbs of the city, Lagos houses the country’s biggest business giants and top industries. Moreover, approximately 65 percent of the imported goods pass through Lagos before they are redistributed to other parts of the country. Because the city is one of the largest in the world, it has a diverse population of people belonging to different parts of the world. Apart from that, its a city that offers equal opportunities to all and has friendly and receptive people, hence its importance as a commercial hub. Lagos has many attractions and is lined with hotels, malls, markets, restaurants and much more. The city will make you fall in love with Nigeria and is the tourist hotspot in Nigeria. You can fly by cheap flights to Lagos\Nigeria from UK by contacting us.

Attractions

There are many attractions that Nigeria has to offer. These attractions will make your visit to Nigeria an exciting one and will promise a fun time for your family and friends. One of the biggest and most popular tourists location in Nigeria is the Oguta Lake and the complex that was build some 40 years back here. Since the establishment of the complex, tourists have started visiting Oguta Lake. The Oguta Lake takes its name from the Ogotu people who date back to the 18th century and were a nomadic group who were farmers in the area. These people also used to trade in palm oil, which led to their popularity and investments from companies such as the Royal Niger Company. The Ogotu tribe is a very interesting bunch of people who observe three main festivals; the Agugu achina, awu achina and omerife. These festivals are very vibrant and highlight the diversity in Nigeria and are definitely a must-see. The legend has it that the water goddess, the mammy, lives in the Ogotu lake. The interesting thing is that the people of Ogotu firmly believe in the goddess and her existence and the spirits. As a matter of fact, there are two influential cults in the region that purport this idea. Another place that is definitely worth visiting is the Yankari national park in Nigeria. The park is the best place to observe wildlife and is popular amongst zoologists and researchers of wildlife. The national park is known for its large and extensive elephant population. Lions might still be present at the park. Other animals at the park include buffaloes, waterbuck, bushbuck and many baboons. The best feature about the park is the exotic and spectacular birdlife settled in the woods. Bird watching is one of the most popular activities at the park and the variety of birds will not bore you at all. The best time to visit the park is in December because at this time the thirsty animals are on a move towards the Gaji River. The best and one of the most popular features of the Yankari game reserve is the Wikki warm springs. This warm water spring is the idle way to relax after a hot and tiring day at the park. The area is flood lit at night. The beauty of this warm spring is that it gushes out from under a cliff into the water which is usually not that deep. The bathing area is open and extends to almost 600ft. and is as deep as 6 to 7 feet. Another natural monument that is worth seeing in Nigeria, known worldwide because of its truly unique design is the Zuma Rock. The rock is located in the capital city Abuja and presents a beautiful sight, especially for those driving at the highway that runs beside it. The rock is a monolith i.e. it is a mountain that consists of a single rock or stone. The rock stands almost 725 meters above the ground and is definitely prominent across the entire surrounding landscape.

Why Nigeria?

Nigeria is truly an exciting country with many sites and destinations to offer. The country has a lot more to offer and is a place for the adventurous and also those who are looking for a relaxing vacation. Nigeria captures the African essence like no other country in the continent and guarantees an exhilarating holiday.

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