This itinerary offers a comprehensive tour of Nigeria’s ecotourism and culture. Visitors will visit Cross River National Park, recognized as a biodiversity hotspot, where they can participate in activities such as game viewing, gorilla tracking, hiking, boating, fishing, and bird watching. They will also visit Enugu, Benin, Lagos, Abeokuta, Ile-Ife, Oshogbo, and Kontagora, where they will have the opportunity to visit museums, palaces, historical sites, markets, and cultural landmarks.
The tour includes visits to the Biafra War Museum, the Ogbunike Caves, the Oba’s Palace, the Benin Moats, the Ipkoba Hills, the National Museum of Nigeria, the Oba’s palace on Lagos Island, the Marina, the Broad Street, the national theatre, the arts and crafts market in Lekki, the Nike Art Gallery, Olumo rock, Afro-Brazilian quarters, Alake of Egba’s palace, the Kuto Market, the Ooni of Ife, the Oranmiyan staff, and the Osun Oshogbo shrine and groove. Accommodation during the tour includes hotels and resorts such as Tinapa Resort Hotel, Cross River National Park Guest House, Nike Lake Resort, Randekhi Hotel, Reliance Hotels, Gateway Hotel, and Miccom Golf Resort.
Meet & greet and airport transfer
Double accommodation in BB
Land transportation all inclusive
English-speaking professional guide
All visits, entries and activities as mentioned in the program
Game viewing excursion at Cross River National Park
This day will provide an opportunity to see a variety of important species in their natural habitat, including the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, the drill monkey, Preuss’s red colobus monkey, leopard, forest elephant, and the grey-necked Picathartes. This excursion is a unique chance to experience the park’s biodiversity and its importance for conservation.
Visit to the Osun Oshogbo shrine and groove in Ile-Ife
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a significant cultural and spiritual landmark in Nigeria. Visitors will get to learn about the rich history of the Yoruba people and their traditional beliefs, as well as witness the beauty and cultural significance of the shrine and groove. This visit will provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in the history, culture, and spiritual significance of this iconic site.
On the first day of the tour, upon arriving in Port Harcourt, a representative from Outback Africa will greet you at the airport and assist with immigration formalities. The group will then proceed to Calabar, where they will check into the Tinapa Resort Hotel or a similar accommodation. After dinner, there will be a tour briefing, and depending on the arrival time, a city tour of Old Calabar, including the old residency Museum, may be scheduled for that evening.
Calabar – Ikom
On the second day, after breakfast, the group will depart for Ikom, making a stop at the beautiful 7 Agbokim waterfalls en route. After taking in the natural beauty and tranquility of the falls, the group will continue to the Cross River National Park where they will check into the park’s guest house, preparing for the next day’s game viewing.
Cross River National Park
On the third day, after breakfast, the group will embark on a game viewing excursion at the Oban division of the park. Oban is recognized as a biodiversity hotspot, home to a variety of important species such as the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, the drill monkey, Preuss’s red colobus monkey, leopard, forest elephant, and the grey-necked Picathartes. The group will spend the night at the park’s guest house.
Cross River National Park
After breakfast, we will embark on a wildlife safari to the Oban division of the park, renowned for its rich biodiversity and diverse array of species. The park is home to the endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, the drill, Preuss’s red colobus monkey, leopard, forest elephant, and the grey-necked Picathartes or rockfowl. Visitors can participate in eco-tourism activities such as wilderness exploration, hiking, boating, fishing and bird watching. For the adventurous, the park also offers a one-week gorilla tracking excursion. Overnight at the Park Guest House.
Ikom/Oban – Enugu
After breakfast, we will depart from Ikom or Oban and make our way to Enugu via Ugep, with a stopover in Umuahia to visit the Biafra War Museum. We may arrive in Enugu in the afternoon and take a tour of the city, including a visit to the Ogbunike Caves. We will spend the night at the Nike Lake Resort or a similar hotel. The specific activities in Enugu will depend on the time of arrival.
Enugu– Benin (187km)
In the morning, we will set off for Benin, stopping at various points of interest along the way. Our first stop will be the Oba’s palace, a stunning architectural masterpiece that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the people of Benin. Next, we will visit the historic Benin Moats, a series of defensive earthworks built to protect the kingdom from invaders. Afterwards, we will head to the Ogba Zoo, where we can see a wide variety of local wildlife. Finally, we will end the day at the beautiful Ipkoba Hills, known for its panoramic views and tranquil atmosphere. We will then check in to Randekhi Hotel or a similar accommodation for the night.
Benin – Idanre- Lagos (353km)
We will depart early in the morning for a visit to the ancient town of Idanre, known for its 800-year-old hills that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding area. We will climb the 667 steps to the top of the hills and explore the cultural relics, traditional arts and crafts, and the 17th century palace that can be found there. After our visit to Idanre, we will make our way to Lagos, arriving in the late afternoon to check into our hotel, the Reliance Hotels in Ikeja or similar for the night.
After breakfast, we will depart for a tour of Lagos, starting with a visit to the National Museum at Onikan on Lagos Island. Here, we will see a wide variety of artifacts and antiques from all over Nigeria, as well as exhibits on the history of Nigeria’s government. We will then move on to the Iduganran palace, the traditional home of the Oba of Lagos, for a glimpse into the city’s rich history. The tour will continue with a drive through the city, including stops at Marina and Broad Street, the national theatre, and the arts and crafts market in Lekki for souvenir shopping. If time permits, we will also visit the Nike Art Gallery to see a collection of African art and culture. Overnight at the Reliance Hotels, Ikeja or similar.
Lagos – Abeokuta (98km)
In the morning, we will set out for Abeokuta with a stop at the renowned Olumo rock. We will climb to the peak of the rock and be treated to a breathtaking view of the historic Abeokuta city. Our tour will include a stroll through the Afro-Brazilian neighborhood, where we will learn about the history of the community. We will then visit the palace of the Alake of Egba land, a prominent leader in the area, to gain insight into the culture and traditions of the Egba people and other tribes in Ogun state. Afterwards, we will head to the Kuto Market to witness the artistry of the « Adire » cloth makers. We will spend the night at the Gateway Hotel in Abeokuta or a similar accommodation.
Abeokuta – Ile-Ife – Oshogbo (154km)
After breakfast, we will depart for Ile-Ife, the birthplace of Oduduwa, the legendary father of the Yoruba race. Upon arrival, we will pay a visit to the Ooni of Ife, the traditional ruler and spiritual leader of the Yoruba people. We will also explore historical sites such as the Oranmiyan staff and other monuments that reflect the rich history and culture of the kingdom. We will then proceed to the Osun Oshogbo Sacred Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will take a tour of the ancient shrines and sculptures that are dedicated to the Yoruba gods. After lunch, we will visit the Olumirin Falls at Erin Ijesha and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay at the Miccom Golf Resort.
Oshogbo – Kontagora (409km)
We will depart early in the morning to embark on a journey to Kontagora, passing through picturesque towns such as Ogbomosho, Jebba, Mokwa, and Pizhi. We will arrive in Kontagora in the late afternoon, check into a pre-booked hotel, and enjoy dinner at the Safara Motel or similar accommodation.
After breakfast, we will embark on a journey to Agwara to discover the unique culture and traditions of the Kambari and Dukawa tribes in Yelwa/Rijau, located in the Kontagora province. The Dukawa are known for their tall and strong physique, while the Kambari are farmers who grow crops such as millet, guinea-corn, groundnuts, and yams. They have different dialects, however not all are mutually intelligible. The Kambari people have a traditional lifestyle and may have a negative attitude towards modern ways. We will return to Kontagora in the evening for dinner and spend the night at the Safara Motel.
Kontagora – Abuja
In the morning, we will set out from Kontagora and make our way to Abuja, passing through the towns of Tegina, Zungeru, Minna, and Suleja. If time allows, we will make a stop at the beautiful Gurara Falls for lunch before arriving in Abuja in the evening. We will then check in to our pre-booked hotel, Petrus Hotel Royal or a similar accommodation, for the night.
Abuja – Nassarawa – Abuja (160km)
After breakfast, we will depart for Nassarawa State to visit the Farin Ruwa Waterfall. Known for its grandeur and beauty, the waterfall stands at 150 meters high and 50 meters wide, making it a spectacular sight. The best time to visit is from April to September, during the summer months, when the waterfall is at its most powerful and majestic. However, due to the distance and travel time required to reach the waterfall, we may not be able to visit if the departure flight is scheduled for the afternoon or evening. We will assess the flight time and make a decision on whether to include this visit in the itinerary before departing for Abuja and returning home.
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