Nigeria Ecotourism & Cultural Expedition

Descriptions

Nigeria’s wildlife has suffered from a variety of ills as a result of the country’s expanding population, poaching, resource extraction and other anthropogenic effects. National parks and game reserves provide the last strongholds for many of its larger creatures. The African lion, for example, the continent’s biggest and most dominating carnivore, has been mostly eradicated from Nigeria, but visitors to Yankari and Kainji Lake might see these huge tawny cats. Birdlife can be extraordinarily diverse.

Aquatic creatures add to the wildlife-watching action: Rivers in Yankari Game Reserve, for example, harbor Nile and slender-snouted crocodiles. The waters of the Niger River in Kainji Lake shelter one of Nigeria’s most intriguing and threatened creatures, the African manatee, a close relative of the West Indian manatee so emblematic of Florida. Cross River National Park, with its steaming lowland rainforests and swamps, is a great stronghold of Nigeria’s primates, from endemic monkeys to great apes: the exceedingly rare Cross River gorilla — a subspecies of western lowland gorilla — and the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Port Harcourt Arrival – Calabar Tinapa Resort Hotel or similar

    Arrive in Nigeria. A staff from Outback Africa will be at the airport to receive you and assist you with your immigration requirements. We will then proceed to Calabar and check into a pre-booked hotel. After dinner, you will receive a tour briefing. (Depending on flight arrival time, we may embark on city tour of Old Calabar including the old residency Museum and other parts of the city).

  • Day 2: Calabar – Ikom (358km) Guest House

    After breakfast, depart for Ikom with a visit to the magnificent 7 Agbokim waterfalls. We will savour the beauty and serenity of the fall environment before heading to the Cross River national Park. We will Check into the Park’s Guest House in readiness for the next day’s game viewing in the wild.

  • Day 3: Cross River National Park Guest House

    After breakfast, we will leave Game viewing in the park at the Oban division of the park. Oban is an internationally recognized biodiversity hotspot and contains a number of important species such as the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee Pan troglodytes ellioti, the drill Mandrillus leucophaeus, Preuss’s red colobus monkey Procolobus preussi, leopard Panthera pardus, forest elephant Loxodonta cyclotis and the grey-necked Picathartes or rockfowl Picathartes oreas. Overnight at the Park Guest House

  • Day 4: Cross River National Park Guest House

    After Breakfast, we will on another game viewing expedition with special focus on eco-tourism; visitors can take part in a wilderness experience, exploring the park on foot or by jeep. The park also offers a one-week gorilla tracking excursion; the opportunity of a lifetime. The park is also the perfect place for hiking, boating, fishing and bird watching. Overnight at the Park Guest House.

  • Day 5: Ikom / Oban – Enugu Nike Lake Resort or Similar

    After Breakfast, we will depart Ikom or Oban to Enugu via Ugep with a stopover at Umuahia to visit the Biafra War Museum. We may arrive Enugu just on time to visit the Ogbunike Caves and a tour of Enugu city. Activities in Enugu will depend on time of arrival.

  • Day 6: Enugu – Benin (187km) Randekhi Hotel or similar

    We will depart Onitsha very early in the morning for our trip to Benin. Places of interest to visit in Benin include the Oba’s palace, Benin Moats, the Ogba zoo, Ipkoba hills etc. Check in to Randekhi Hotel or similar for the night.

  • Day 7 Kumasi – Ashanti Craft Villages Golden Tulip Hotel

    Day 7: Benin – Idanre – Lagos (353km) Reliance Hotels

  • Day 8: Lagos Reliance Hotels

    Depart hotel after breakfast for the National Museum at Onikan on Lagos Island. The National Museum is remarkable for the array of artefacts and antiquities from all over Nigeria which are in its custody. Within the Museum is also a building in which objects and photographs illustrate the evolution of Nigeria’s government over the years From the Museum, we will move to the Oba’s palace- the Iduganran palace on Lagos island. Here, we will pay a courtesy call while savouring the history of the Lagosians. The palace is a must visit on a Lagos city tour. The city tour will also take us through the old Lagos from the palace through the Marina and Broad Street before heading to the national theatre for sight-seeing and lunch. Traffic permitting us, we will visit the arts & crafts market in Lekki for souvenir shopping. We may also have a stopover at the Nike Art gallery to savour great African arts collection and cultures. Overnight at Reliance Hotels, Ikeja

  • Day 9: Lagos – Abeokuta (98km) Gateway Hotel, Abeokuta or similar

    After breakfast, depart for Abeokuta with a visit to the famous Olumo rock. We will climb to the top of the rock with a spectacular view of the ancient Abeokuta town. We will have a walk around the Afro-Brazillian quarters and listen to the history of the settlement. We will pay a courtesy visit on the Alake of Egba land at his palace. The history and cultures of the Egba and other tribes in Ogun state will be on display. We will then proceed to the Kuto Market to see the “Adire” makers.

  • Day 10: Abeokuta – Ile-Ife – Oshogbo (154km) Miccom Golf Resort

    After breakfast, we will leave for Ile-Ife, home of Oduduwa – the legendary father of the Yoruba race. On arrival, we will call on the Ooni of Ife, the traditional head of the Kingdom and spiritual leader of the Yoruba.There will also be a visit to the Oranmiyan staff and other historical sites in Osun state including the Osun Oshogbo shrine and groove, a UNESCO World heritage site.

  • Day 11: Oshogbo – Kontagora (409km) Safara Motel or similar

    We will depart Osun State early morning for a long journey to Kontagora passing through Ogbomosho, Jebba, Mokwa and Pizhi to arrive at Kontagora. We will arrive Kontagora late afternoon and check into a pre-booked hotel. Dinner and Accommodation will be at The Safara Motel or similar

  • Day 12: Kontagora (386km) Safara Motel or similar

    After breakfast, we will depart to Agwara to visit the Kambari as well as the Dukawa tribe in Yelwa/Rijau under Kontagora province. The Dukawa are referred to as a fine race. The men average just under six feet in height and the women have strong healthy physiques from carrying heavy loads on their shoulders.

  • Day 13: Kontagora – Abuja Petrus Hotel Royale or Similar

    We will depart Kontagora early morning to Abuja passing through Tegina, Zungeru, Minna and Suleja. Time Permitting, we will stop over for lunch at Gurara Falls before entering Abuja late evening.

  • Day 14: Abuja Full Day – Return Flight

    We start the day with a visit to the Millennium Parks & Gardens. From there we will proceed to the “Bill Clinton Village” at Ushafa to witness the making of local pots. President Bill Clinton visited this village and commissioned the pottery village as part of his tour of Nigeria. On our way from Ushafa, we will visit the arts & crafts village for souvenir shopping before having a late lunch. After lunch, we will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.

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