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Welcome to Nigeria

Nigeria

Continent: Africa

Capital: Abuja

Population: 188,462,640 (2015 Estimate)

Dialing Code: +234

Currency: Naira (₦) NGN

Time zone: GMT WAT (UTC +1)

Official language: English

Popularly referred to as the ‘Giant of Africa’, Nigeria is one of the most exciting places to visit in Africa. With a vibrant population of over 170 million people, the country has a rich and diverse culture which is constantly begging to be deeply explored. There are also many attractions and interesting places to visit in Africa’s most populated country.

Nigeria is a hugely religious country and this is evident when you explore the major cities around. The northern part of the country is predominantly Muslim and you will constantly find big mosques and women with veils covering their heads and chests while the Southern part is predominantly Christian.

Tourism in Nigeria still largely remains untapped even as it boasts of long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well preserved tradition and culture and enchanting tourist attractions - the country is a pretty interesting place to visit though.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Obudu Mountain Resort

Offering scenic and breathtaking views, temperate climate as well as beautiful landscapes, Obudu Mountain Resort is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Nigeria. Doubling as a ranch and also a resort, it’s located in Ogudu, Cross River State. The resort has the longest cable car system in Africa which goes from the base to the top of the mountain, offering unforgettable views while bypassing the winding road that also leads to the top of the mountain.

Lekki Conservation Centre

Widely acclaimed as the pearl of eco-tourism in Nigeria, it is one of the few vibrant tourist attractions in Lagos. The LCC’s 401metres canopy walkway is said to be the longest canopy walkway in Africa and it offers visitors a unique chance to have a bird’s eye view of the habitat as well as the wildlife it holds. Overall, the Lekki Conservation Centre provides a totally unforgettable experience with lots of other features to make visitors spellbound.

Olumo Rock

This rock is a popular tourist attraction in the ancient city of Abeokuta, Ogun State. The mysterious rock is highly revered in Abeokuta as it was used as a fortress during intertribal wars in the 19th century. Visitors to this rock should be ready to listen to interesting tales and myths surrounding the famous Olumo rock and the indigenous people of Abeokuta. The experience starts with a climb up the stairs into the rock where a narrow corridor will lead you to the top of the rock. Here you will marvel at the breathtaking views of the city of Abeokuta and the popular Ogun River.

Osun Sacred Grove

A spiritual reference point for the Yorubas, a south-western tribe in Nigeria, this dense forest is located along the banks of the Osun River. It is one of the last remnants of sacred groves in Nigeria. The grove is home to many sanctuaries, shrines, sculptures and art works in honour of the river goddess- Osun. The grove is believed to be the abode of the goddess of fertility. Worshippers from all around the world often visit the grove every year to pay tribute in the form of offerings and prayers. The Grove has been able to stay protected due to the secrecy attached to it, although it’s now been threatened by urbanization.

Climate

Varies from area to area. The southern coast is hot and humid with a rainy season from March to November. During the dry season, the Harmattan wind blows from the Sahara. The north's rainy season is from July to September. Nights can be cold in December and January.

Language

The official language is English. There are also three predominant languages; Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba. You can also find locals speaking a Pidgin English which cuts across all the tribes of the country

Money

The currency is Naira and ATM machines are available in all cities across the country. Credit and debit cards are also acceptable for payment.

Safety

The country is not generally safe. Although the people can be friendly, there are some criminal minded ones just like everywhere. Do not go out alone at night if you are a foreigner.

Time

UTC +1

Tipping

Not a must. Just a show of gratitude

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