Nigeria

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.

Nigeria Tours & Travel

Articles on Nigeria

What happens when a group-tour skeptic goes on a tour?

Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 by Torre DeRoche

A seasoned adventurer gives group travel a try for the first time. What happened next?

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Soup is for life, not just for lunch: five Asian soups that will change the way you feel about soup

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 by Eliza Eliott

Everyone knows soup is a great lunch option, but it's often overlooked for dinner. This article hopes to change that.

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Seven essential things to do on any Chilean adventure

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 by Lia Mitchell

This blog was originally going to be titled, '7 Cheap Chile Adventures Only a Hitchhiker-Insider on Your Intrepid Staff Could Tell You About', but we thought that might be a bit much.

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These five dumplings prove the theory that dumplings are the greatest food in the world

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 by James Shackell

Intrepid's in-house foodologist, James Shackell, sets out to prove a theory as old as time itself.

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About Nigeria

At a glance

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Capital city: Abuja (population 1.4 million)
Population: 151 million
Language: English
Currency: NGN
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) West Central Africa
Electricity: Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
Dialing code: +234

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.

Nigeria weather chart

Geography and environment

Like much of West Africa, Nigeria’s geography changes considerably from the coast to the interior. Beaches, lagoons and mangroves give way to rainforests that are home to giant palms. Further inland the trees become more sparse and savannah country takes over, eventually giving way to the southern tip of the Sahara.

Top Picks

Plantains

Top 5 Nigerian Flavours

1. Egusi

This soup is Nigeria in a bowl. Made with meat, dried fish, legumes and melon seeds - it’s rich, filling and moreish.

2. Plantains

Africa’s famous green bananas are good anyway they’re cooked: fried, boiled or roasted.

3. Zobo

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.

5. Suya

A shish kebab-type dish made with beef, fish or chicken rubbed with fragrant ground spices.

FAQs on Nigeria

NIGERIA: The visa needs to be obtained in advance.

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.
Tipping isn’t customary, however if the service in a cafe or restaurant is good, feel free to leave spare change or round up the bill.
Internet cafes can be found in most cities. It’s best not to access internet banking or similar services from Nigerian internet cafes.
Mobile phone coverage is patchy at best. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Nigeria’s toilets may be basic. Be prepared for squat toilets, even in major centres.
Bottle of soft drink = 100 NGN
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 300 NGN
Simple lunch = 500 NGN
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 1500 NGN
Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Nigeria. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.
Credit cards are rarely accepted in Nigeria. Credit card fraud is prevalent, so paying by other means is recommended.
Some ATMs are available in major centres. Cash can also be withdrawn from a bank using your card.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
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:
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Nigeria/public-holidays

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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

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Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

Ake: The Years of Childhood Wole Soyinka

EfuruFlora Nwapa
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie