Nigeria

Nigeria is by far the most populous country on the continent – home to 223 million Africans. The country has everything you would expect from Africa – friendly people, bubbling cities from Lagos to Kano, interesting festivals, tropical rainforests, the arid Sahel landscape with its baobab trees and large herds of cattle owned by nomads, and, somewhat surprisingly, even sand dunes and oases. And, undeniably, quite a few yellow and three-wheeled moped taxis to sit in endless traffic jams. Despite its massive size and good flight connections, Nigeria is still one of the less known countries in Africa.

See our travel suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about travel in Nigeria. It is also easy to combine a trip to Nigeria with a visit to Benin, Togo, Ghana and Niger.

Kameli Travel organises tours to Nigeria – whether your intention is simply to experience the country's ever-awake economic hub, megalomaniacal and pulsating Lagos. Or the capital, Abuja. Or continue your journey deeper into the country from either Lagos or Abuja: Abeokuta, Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Benin City, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Zaria, Kano and many other interesting cities and natural sites, from Zuma Rock and the Idanre Hills to Yankari National Park and the northern oases of Tulo Tulo, welcome you with open arms. Even in the 2020s, you're likely to have all the towns and attractions to yourself – tourism from abroad is non-existent. Go and experience Nigeria and Nigerian hospitality for yourself and shatter your own prejudices before others find here!

We can arrange a professional guide and transport services for you or your group, and book your preferred level of accommodation. However, if you wish to travel by public transport, we can arrange for a guide to accompany you on these as well.

Contact us if you are interested, need more information about travelling to Nigeria or already know where you would like to go in Nigeria. Or let us know when and let us make a suggestion. It is also easy to combine a trip to Nigeria with a visit to Benin, Togo, Ghana and Niger.

Tour suggestions

We are organising a guided small group trip in 2024 to Nigeria, from 30 Sep to 7 Oct 2024, and in 2025, from 15 Feb to 23 Feb 2025. These trips are also possible on other dates:

Nigeria from South to North, 30 Sep-7 Oct 2024:

Day 1 – 30 Sep 2024 | Arrival in Lagos, where we stay overnight
Day 2 – 1 Oct 2024 | City tour of Lagos, where we stay overnight
Day 3 – 2 Oct 2024 | Day trip to Abeokuta and return to Lagos, where we stay overnight
Day 4 – 3 Oct 2024 | Lagos sightseeing continues, followed by an evening flight to Abuja, where we stay overnight
Day 5 – 4 Oct 2024 | Abuja city tour and visit to Zuma Rock, followed by flight to Kano, where we stay overnight
Day 6 – 5 Oct 2024 | City tour in Kano, where we stay overnight
Day 7 – 6 Oct 2024 | City tour in Kano, where we stay overnight
Day 8 – 7 Oct 2024 | Transfer to Kano Airport

Highlights of Southern Nigeria, 15–23 Feb 2025:

Day 1 – 15 Feb 2025 | Arrival in Abuja, where we stay overnight
Day 2 – 16 Feb 2025 | From Abuja to Gurara Falls, Zuma Rock and the Bwari pottery village. Return to Abuja in the afternoon, where we stay overnight
Day 3 – 17 Feb 2025 | From Abuja to Uromi, where we stay overnight
Day 4 – 18 Feb 2025 | From Uromi to the Idanre Hills, where we stay overnight
Day 5 – 19 Feb 2025 | From the Idanre Hills to Osogbo, where we stay overnight
Day 6 – 20 Feb 2025 | From Osogbo to Abeokuta, where we stay overnight
Day 7 – 21 Feb 2025 | Abeokuta to Lagos, where we stay overnight
Day 8 – 22 Feb 2025 | Full day in Lagos
Day 9 – 23 Feb 2025 | Transfer to Lagos Airport, unless you wish to have additional days in Lagos at an additional cost.

The Treasures of Northern Nigeria:

Day 1 | Arrival in Abuja, where we spend overnight
Day 2 | From Abuja via Zuma Rock to Zaria, where we stay overnight
Day 3 | From Zaria to Kano, where we stay overnight
Day 4 | From Kano to Dutse, where we stay overnight
Day 5 | From Dutse to Tulo Tulo oasis, where we spend the night in a tent
Day 6 | From Tulo Tulo back to Kano, where we stay overnight
Day 7 | From Kano via Kaduna back to Abuja, where we stay overnight
Day 8 | Transfer to Abuja airport, unless the client also continues with us on the Southern Nigeria tour (see below).

Tour of Yoruba lands

Day 1 | Arrival in Lagos, where we stay overnight
Day 2 | Day in Lagos, where we stay overnight
Day 3 | From Lagos to Abeokuta, where we stay overnight
Day 4 | Abeokuta to Osogbo, where we stay overnight
Day 5 | From Osogbo via Ife and the Idanre hills to Ekiti State, where we stay overnight
Day 6 | Visit the warm springs of Ikogosi, then return to Lagos

Nigeria is a huge country (923,768 km²), with an area more than twice the size of Finland or Germany. It has a population of 223 million! The country gained independence from the British crown in 1960 and, as a colonial legacy, the official language is English, which has formed a unique variant in the mouths of Nigerians that is initially quite difficult for outsiders to understand. The people make their living from agriculture and the country's vast oil reserves, which are a mainstay of the economy. Tourism is almost non-existent.

Climate: The climate varies greatly depending on where you are in this big country. The southeast is hot and humid year-round, while the southwest and central parts of the country are somewhat drier. The west and north have distinct rainy seasons and dry seasons. The northernmost part of Nigeria, the border region with Niger, receives very little rainfall and in places resembles the Sahara. In the north, the rainy season usually lasts from mid-May to September, while in the south it rains from March to November. And in the south-east, it rains all year round.

In southern Lagos, average annual highs remain around 30°C year-round, while in the north, temperatures regularly reach around 40°C during the hottest months of April and May. Similarly, during the coldest nights, the temperature can drop below freezing. The weather is good for travelling to Nigeria at any time of year, although April and May can sometimes be very hot in the north.

Security: Nigeria is definitely a country with a better reputation, but trips to Nigeria are still made with safety first and the expertise of local contacts. This means not travelling or visiting tourist sites after dark, but trying to be at the place of accommodation by 4pm at the latest. Of course, it is also possible to have dinner in the evening. The security situation in Nigeria has improved considerably in recent times, but unfortunately parts of the country are still unsafe. We do not recommend travelling to the north-east and east of the country. We won't take you to dangerous areas and you don't need a private security guard to watch your back, but we can arrange one for you. Even if it's just for peace of mind.

Visa: With the exception of some African nationalities, visas are required for everyone. The Nigerian visa has a difficult reputation, so we recommend that you get a visa on arrival. It requires no passport to be sent anywhere, no unnecessary paperwork and is issued quickly. The cost of a visa on arrival depends on your nationality, so contact us if you want a Nigerian visa with the least amount of hassle. Of course, we will also send you a letter of invitation if you want to deal with the Nigerian Embassy in your home country. Please note that visa policies and prices are subject to change without notice. Your passport must be valid for six months from the date of your arrival in the country.

Currency: Nigeria uses the naira (NGN) as its currency. You should take euro or dollar notes with you and exchange them at your destination. Mobile payments have recently become more common in the country.

Vaccinations and malaria: Nigeria requires a certificate of yellow fever vaccination if you arrive from a country with yellow fever risk. In addition, hepatitis a and b vaccinations are recommended. Please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date. Nigeria is affected by malaria throughout the year, so anti-malaria medication is recommended.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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