NIGERIA INTRODUCTORY TOUR (6 Days)

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$ 2986 / PP

TOUR DESCRIPTION

The Tour is a 6 days adventure of Nigeria travelling thorugh the south-west region of Nigeria by road and experiencing Nigeria like a local. Starting in the mega city of Lagos – surely one of the liveliest on earth – we head to the coastal town of Badagry, linked to the slave trade and with dark secrets to uncover. From here we travel to the old Yoruba city of Abeokuta with its grand Afro-Brazilian buildings, and climb the sacred Olumo Rock, a holy site for local people.

Moving further we head to the virtually unknown Idanre Hillls for an opportunity to discover a lost world of sacred sites and hidden civilisation, before heading on to the town of Oshogbo where we explore a sacred grove and learn about the intricacies of Yoruba religion in the company of revered Ife priestesses.

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Come experience history at its best  explore the Nigerian  Afro-Brazilian quarter. See where  the 1830's, emancipated slaves from Brazil, known as the "Aguda", settled on Lagos Island.

Visit the National museum and look through the window of history and see  the evolution of Nigeria’s development. The museum has a notable collection of Nigerian art, including pieces of statuary and carvings and archaeological and ethnographic exhibits. Of note is a terra-cotta human head known as the Jemaa Head (c. 900 to 200 BC), part of the Nok culture. 

Take a trip to Ile-Ife the origin of the Yoruba race and home of Oduduwa – the legendary father of the Yoruba race. While in Ile-Ife visit the shrine of “Ifa Priestesses” for divination and prayers.

Uncover the secret of  the sacred forest of Osun-osogbo groove experience the wonders and beauty of one of the biggest sacred forest in Africa no wonder its was inscribed UNESCO world Heritage site.

Our Prices normally includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Feeding as contained in itinerary                                           
  • Ground Transport in air-conditioned vehicle                                                                   
  • English Speaking Tour Guide/ Drivers                                                                 
  • Entry Fees, tips and gratuities at hotels, restaurants etc.
  • Light refreshments of bottled water, soft drinks etc.

 

Accommodations are in hotels with basic facilities in most of the locations outside major cities but they are very decent and neat with Wi-Fi facility. Where Wi-Fi is not available, we will make an effort to provide with our portable Mi-Fi device if there is cellular network at the location.

3. Meals:

As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D -Dinner)

4. Surface transportation, touring:

Transportation will be by best available vehicle and escorting English-speaking guide, per itinerary. All admission or other payable fees relative to the programme are included in the price.

Services:

Hotel accommodation:

Price DOES NOT include:

Use of Camera which are paid for in most museums and other locations in the itinerary Items consumed other than meals or services listed in the ‘included list’ above.

 

The information provided here will provide a basic understanding of what to expect on this tour and in the destination. Should you require further information or clarification, please drop us a Quick email here.

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.

Accommodation

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.

Tour vehicles

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 South 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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