I’ve written a bit about some topics related to traveling to Nigeria. If you regularly visit your homeland and don’t wait 14 years between visits like I did when I finally went two years ago, then the info below is not useful. But if you have never been to Nigeria, or you haven’t been in a long time, here are some entries that you might find helpful as you plan your trip. Don’t focus on the entries as much as the COMMENTS. The readers have so many excellent suggestions and helpful info, and I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from them as I did:
- Vaccinate me
- Gift ideas
- Traveling to Nigeria â€“ bathroom “necessities”
- Traveling to Nigeria â€“ clothing and accessories
- Flying (within Nigeria)
- Thankful and Lagos hotel hunting
You can also read about my frustrations with the N@ija High Commission if you’re so inclined.
But what I wanted to talk about was tourism in Nigeria. As someone who wasn’t born in the country, I don’t really know much about the hotspots, but I just know there are some! There are a couple of key reasons why only a few countries in Africa get enough tourism to consider it a true source of money for the country, and we could talk about that another time (hint: lack of consistent social infrastructure). I can’t wait for the day where world travelers will put more African countries, including Nigeria, on their “trip around the world” itinerary.
When I was in Nigeria last time, I heard about a famous rock (I did some research and it could have been Aso, Zuma or Olumo) as well as the Obudu Cattle Ranch, but we didn’t have time, budget, time, time or time to get to do anything touristy. In fact the closest I got to getting souvenirs was in the hour before boarding the plane back to Canada, when I spent my last nairas on assorted carvings that I paid too much for at the airport because I’m not a good bargainer.
The problem with having family where you’re going is that it’s really hard to tell them that you’re in town but you’re going to take a week or two to explore before coming to see them. That never goes over well. A sneaky solution is to tell them that you arrive in town a week after you actually arrive, and get all that touristy stuff out of the way first. I suggested that to my mother for our next trip and she wasn’t keen on the idea because both of her parents and all of her siblings except one are in Nigeria, so for her, the trip is all about seeing her family and not any “yeye tourist activities”. In fact spending any time in Lagos to explore is a big waste of time in her opinion, since we have no family in Lagos (I know, we’re an anomaly). I just may have to consider a solo trip to Nigeria in the future!
But before that, I’d like you to suggest some places that anyone going to Nigeria should make time to visit. It can be tourist attractions or any place that you think would give people the true flavour of Nigeria’s rich culture.