Forget what you think you know about Nigeria, this may be one of the most underestimated countries in Africa. It’s culturally rich, geographically diverse and filled with unique wildlife. Remote towns cling to age-old customs, modern cities thrive with beautiful parklands and in between are national parks, sacred forests and animal reserves screaming out to be explored.
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At a glance
|Capital city:||Abuja (population 1.4 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) West Central Africa|
|Electricity:||Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)|
Best time to visit Nigeria
Nigeria is hot all year round but best visited from December to March when the heat and humidity are less oppressive. This is the time however when the harmattan winds blow dust in from the Sahara which can cause problems, especially for asthmatics. March to October can be very wet and humid, as well as being the hottest time of the year.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Nigerian Flavours
This soup is Nigeria in a bowl. Made with meat, dried fish, legumes and melon seeds - it’s rich, filling and moreish.
Africa’s famous green bananas are good anyway they’re cooked: fried, boiled or roasted.
A sweet herbal tea-like drink made from dried roselle flowers. It’s often drunk cold and mixed with pineapple juice.
4. Chin Chin
Donuts, African-style! These little balls of fried dough are a Nigerian favourite. Usually sweet and always crunchy, they’re sometimes flavoured with nutmeg.
A shish kebab-type dish made with beef, fish or chicken rubbed with fragrant ground spices.
FAQs on Nigeria
Nigerian visas for most nationalities can now be applied for on-line at www.immigration.gov.ng. Complete the application and take the printed and signed form together with evidence of payment and photos to the Nigerian Embassy / High Commission for further processing.
When obtaining Nigerian visa, you MUST KEEP the receipt as you will need to also show this at the border on entry.
As part of the visa application you are likely to require a copy of the vehicle carnet and a guarantee letter with full itinerary (which we can provide), a letter from your employer and a bank statement or US$60 in travellers cheques for every day in Nigeria.
Please note that gaining a Nigerian visa can be a difficult and inconsistent process. Some nationalities may be asked to provide a letter of invitation and a letter from a host from a country in Nigeria. We are unable to provide this information, and the advice we have received is that it is actually not necessary for a tourist visa application. Previous passengers have been able to bypass this by applying for their visa in person at the embassy or consulate. We suggest that you start the process early and allow plenty of time for any delays that may occur.
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 300 NGN
Simple lunch = 500 NGN
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 1500 NGN
For more information on insurance, please go to: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 24 Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Workers’ Day
Aug 8 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Oct 1 Independence Day
Oct 15 Eid al-Kabir (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Nigeria Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Nigeria
1. Be considerate of Nigeria’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
|Things Fall Apart||Chinua Achebe|
|Ake: The Years of Childhood||Wole Soyinka|
|Purple Hibiscus||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|