Nigeria, located on the western coast of Africa is the continent’s most populous country with a booming economy, giving it the title ‘Giant of Africa’. In addition to its wealth of oil reserves, the country also boasts of a diverse landscape comprising deserts, plateaus, mountains, plains, jungles and a vast river system. However, the country’s true asset is the hundreds of indigenous ethnic groups, languages, traditions and ancient kingdoms that create a strong multicultural flavour.
Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, is a modern city with a skyline dominated by the enormous Aso Rock. Government buildings like the National Assembly Complex, the Abuja National mosque, the Millenium park and local markets, are the city’s main attractions.. The nearby Zuma Rock, a massive monolith with natural facial features on its surface, is often visited by travellers. Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria is a bustling commercial hub, popular for vibrant nightlife and street markets. The city offers good beaches like Lagos Bar Beach, Tarkwa Bay and Lighthouse Beach and interesting museums and galleries like the National Museum of Nigeria and Nike Art Gallery.
Abeokuta, an ancient city, is home to the Olumo Rock, a mountain composed of granite rocks. The rock served as a natural fortress for the indigenous Egbas during tribal wars and today you can climb the stairs to its top. The town of Abeokuta is a cultural hub in Nigeria with historical landmarks, most notably the ruins of the ancient town walls. Benin City, in southern Nigeria is famed for its traditional Benin brasses – an internationally acclaimed African art form. The Oba Palace and National Museum are its main highlights.
Nigeria presents a unique African safari which does not show off a rich wildlife but rather takes you through numerous cultural experiences and ancient kingdoms. The country’s chaotic mix of modernity and age-old traditions makes for an exciting trip.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country.