start from€ 2304
CONFLUENCE OF TWO RIVERS (3 Days)
city tours and excursions
$ 201 / PP
This short excursion takes you through the history of the Colonial government in Nigeria. From the exploits of Mungo Park the sailor to the Lander brothers and subsequently, the coming of Lord Fredrick Lugard as an appointee of Her Majesty, the Queen of England's government to the present day realities. This tour is highly historical with an indepth detail into the colonization of Nigeria and the various battles fought to keep the colonies under the rule of Her Majesty.
We will also attempt to understand why a young girl will volunteer to give her life to be sacrificed to save her fatherland on a visit to Idah, the traditional headquarters of the Igala Kingdom, the 9th largest ethnic group in Nigeria. It is a story of bravery, sacrifice, love for fatherland, patriotism and great significance to the essence of human existence. Come and learn how INIKPI, a princess gave up her life to be buried ALIVE together with some slaves in order for the Igala Kingdom to win a war over an intruding enemy and set the kingdom free from opression and agression.
Bishop Ajayi Crowther exploits
The history of Inikpi
Flora Shaw & Lugard's exploits
Colonialism & the Making of Nigeria
Confluence Point of Great Rivers
GRADE: Standard DURATION: 3 days/2 Nights AVAILABLE: All year round THEME: Historical
We will start the day from your hotel and take a trip to Lokoja
We will tour Lokoja and her attractions including the confluence point, the statue of Liberty, the first primary school in Northern Nigeria
We will also go on a hike to Mount Patti, the resting place of Lord Fredrick Luggard
A visit to the point of first Baptism in Nigeria in 1863
Many exploits of Bishop Ajayi Crowther and the United African Company (UAC)
Meet & assist upon arrival & departure
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
All transfers from/to Sao Tome airport & throughout the tour
Entry fees to the all mentioned sites in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner )
English speaking guide accompanying the guests all days from throughout the tour
Price DOES NOT include:
This tour would be in Kogi state, Kogi lies on 393m above sea level . There is not much rainfall in Kogi all year long. The average temperature in Kogi is 26.8 °C | 80.2 °F.. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 66°F to 96°F and is rarely below 60°F or above 101°F.
Is this tour suitable or challenging for me?
This regular tour includes overnight stays in basic hotels in the countryside and standard hotels in major city centres. The tour does not include much demanding physical activities. Traveling in Nigeria always requires long driving through rough roads, changing landscapes and steppes with scenic views. However, we have designed our itineraries to have as little driving as possible and where possible break very long distances into two driving days between cities with activities. An approximate long day driving will be 3-7 hours. In some instances, frequent toilet stops, traffic gridlocks, Police and military check points can increase the driving time to up to 12 hours. The itinerary includes some light activities such as 1-3 hours soft hiking, light walking over some rough or difficult terrain with help of local guides. The most challenging hiking experience of our tour is climbing the Idanre hills, the Olumo Rock or the Ado Awaye suspended lake hike.
Nigerian tourism is highly underdeveloped and at its infancy. With the exception of a few international brands, most hotels in Nigeria do not have twin beds in the rooms and that makes sharing difficult especially for group tours. An only double room with a “single” bed is available for couple stays or close friends that won’t mind sleeping on the same bed. Lastly, the hotels are also expensive and you may arrive and not find towels or toiletries in the room unless you demand for them. The staff are however friendly and quick to attend to your request.
Restaurants & Meals
Our meals are as diverse as our country and the people. In the countryside, traditional meals are more rampant and consist of mainly solidified meals made from powdered maize, cassava or yam in different forms. These meals are eaten with local “soups” made from variety of vegetables and spices. Most of our local foods are spicy (hot). Rice, pasta, spaghetti are also readily available on menu. So also are vegetables, beef meat, chicken and various species of fish. Sea foods are also common and there are special restaurants that serve sea foods only.
There are local restaurants everywhere and in most hotels that serve local and continental dishes. During the tour and on the road, we tend to use more of fast-food restaurants that serve local dishes, continental dishes and pastries. It is faster to make a choice among the varieties on display, faster service, and most importantly, more hygienic than most traditional local restaurants called “Buka” or “Mama put”. Most restaurants can provide vegetarian meals on request. Please let us have vegetarian request ahead and we will strive to make it available at the various restaurants we will be using
More information on general Nigerian food and the Hotel meals are available at Nigerian Meals
Our Guides (Native Pikins)
All our “native pikins” are English speaking and indigenous to our destinations. We also have some pikins (guides) who speak French, German, Russian and Chinese. They are all friendly, helpful and were born and brought up in the locality. They have good knowledge of the cultures and traditions of our people and have at least three or more years of guiding experience. There will always be a Native Pikin accompanying you on most tours and in some instances, more than one due to logistics needs.
Our tour vehicle choice is dependent on the number of persons on the tour, the terrain of the itinerary and most importantly, the need to be ‘incognito’ avoiding calling undue attention to our passengers. We use cars, SUVs, MPVs, Minivans and Coaches according to the number of participants. Our fleets consist of German Mercedes Benz and Japanese Toyota Vehicles as well as South Korean brands driven by experienced, friendly and good drivers with mechanic experience. You may check Our fleet for more information about the type of vehicles we use.
When to visit Nigeria?
The most suitable time to travel to Nigeria is between October and April when the rains have stopped. During this period, the weather will be dry, cold and warm as you approach March/April. Nigeria has a very mixed and interesting weather in different parts of the country. The Northern part of Nigeria is usually dry and windier with some green scenery up to November. From December to January it becomes hazy with harmattan wind from the Sahel. Between February and April, it becomes very warm with temperatures getting as high as 40 degrees Celsius sometimes in some states like Kano, Sokoto, Borno and Adamawa.
The Middle Belt (North Central) has a hybrid temperature of both the North and Southern features. The parts above the River Niger are usually dry and windy while the lower Niger states are a bit warmer and windy. Temperatures in this region fluctuates a lot; hourly, daytime and at nights. The temperature stays around 27-33 degrees during the day and drops 18-24 degrees in the evening and at nights.
The Southern states are green all year round with varying temperatures. Almost all Southern states have pleasant weather of between 21-32 degrees all year with the exception of Lagos. In Lagos, it is hot, humid and congested unlike other southern states that are a bit windy and cool. Rainfall can occur at any time in the coastal states like Rivers, Bayelsa, Edo and Delta. The Sout Eastern states have tropical rainforests with some little harmattan mid-January. To assist with your pre-departure preparation, you may check packing list advisory here.
To plan your FIT itinerary or customize the tour exclusively for you, what to do and see in Nigeria page may help you.
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