Nigeria is where the Niger River, which winds in the western part of the country, flows into the Gulf of Guinea. The Niger Delta is certainly one of the most fascinating regions of the country with its succession of inlets of rivers and creeks, bordered by mangroves and palm trees.
Steeped in Nigerian history and culture, Nigeria’s second largest city of Kano in the north, has a rich Hausa architectural heritage. In the southwest, Oshogbo is the cradle of Yoruba art. Its Sacred Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses huge sculptures and shrines dedicated to the different Yoruba gods. In this village, during every last week of August, the Oshun festival is marked by dances and sacrificial rites.
The best time to stay in Nigeria is from December to March, between two rainy seasons.
It takes place from April to September in the north, where the climate is warm and dry, and from April to September in the south of the country, warm and humid. The sandwind harmattan blows particularly in December and January.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Port Harcourt Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 7:15 AM for a prompt departure at 7:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 7:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Hiking Pants, Breathable T-shirt, Hat or Cap, Fit Socks, Hiking Shoes and Sunscreen|
The interior of Abuja, the new capital, is made up of plains and valleys, followed by dense tropical forests. This is the home of Yankari National Park, the best nature reserve in West Africa. With a bit of luck, you can see elephants, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, gazelles and perhaps even lions.
The country is also home to the world’s largest variety of butterflies and the rare drill, the most endangered species of all African primates, particularly in Cross River National Park.
To the north, Nigeria offers a landscape of hills and a large plateau, the Jos plateau, where plains and savannahs merge with the bush. Nigeria has its main reliefs on its eastern border with Cameroon, where the Amadoua Massif is built. Its highest point is the Waddi Chappal at 2,419 m. The massif is divided between the volcanic Mandara Mountains, and the Susbshi Mountains to the south-east.
Accommodation is in hotels with basic facilities and in some instances 3 and 4 star-rated hotels but they are very decent.
Breakfast daily at the hotels plus main meals as specified in the itinerary.
3.Surface transportation, touring:
Transportation will be in an air-conditioned minivan and escorted by an English-speaking guide, per itinerary. All admission or other payable fees relative to the programme are included in the price.
Due to the nature of some of the roads, there will be an armed police escort throughout the journey and it is also included in the price.
Day 1: Port Harcourt Arrival – Calabar
Overnight at the Tinapa Resort Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Calabar – Ikom (358km)
After breakfast, depart for Ikom with a visit to the seven magnificent Agbokim waterfalls. We will savour the beauty and serenity of the falls 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
After breakfast, we will leave for 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
After breakfast, we will go on another game viewing expedition with a 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
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 in Enugu just on time to visit the Ogbunike Caves and a tour of Enugu city.
Overnight stay will be at the Nike Lake Resort or similar. Activities in Enugu will depend on time of arrival.
Day 6: Enugu– Benin (187km)
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: Benin – Idanre- Lagos (353km)
We will depart Benin early in the morning to travel to Idanre, a town said to be 800 years old and reached by 667 steps with spectacular views overlooking the new town of Idanre.
The historic Idanre Hills represent one of the wonders of nature and a marvellous tourist attraction. The Idanre Hills, which are steep-sided, smooth and dome-shaped in nature, present an awe-inspiring sight. The cultural relics of gods and goddesses, and traditional arts and crafts can still be seen in addition to the old palace built around the 17th century.
We will depart Idanre for Lagos late in the afternoon so as to enter Lagos while it is still light. Overnight at Reliance Hotels, Ikeja or similar
Day 8: Lagos
Depart hotel after breakfast for the National Museum at Onikan on Lagos Island. The National Museum is remarkable for its array of artefacts and antiques from all over Nigeria. 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, we will visit the arts and 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)
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. Overnight will be at the Gateway Hotel, Abeokuta or similar
Day 10: Abeokuta – Ile-Ife – Oshogbo (154km)
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 Sacred Grove, a UNESCO World heritage site.
After brunch, we will visit the Olumirin Falls at Erin Ijesha and spend some time savouring the serenity and coolness of the environment before retiring for the day. Dinner and accommodation will be at the Miccom Golf Resort.
Day 11: Oshogbo – Kontagora (409km)
We will depart Osun State in the early morning for a long journey to Kontagora passing through Ogbomosho, Jebba, Mokwa and Pizhi to arrive at Kontagora. We will arrive in 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)
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.
The Ashingin, or Kambari, people, are farmers growing millet, guinea-corn, groundnuts and yams. They are grouped into three dialects. The three dialects are Tsishingini, Tsikimba and Cishingini. Not all the dialects are mutually intelligible. Many Kambari people have a negative attitude to modern ways. We will return to Kontagora in the late evening for dinner. Overnight at the Safara Motel
Day 13: Kontagora – Abuja
We will depart Kontagora early morning for Abuja passing through Tegina, Zungeru, Minna and Suleja. Time permitting we will stop over for lunch at Gurara Falls before entering Abuja late in the evening.
Overnight at Petrus Hotel Royal or Similar
Day 14: Abuja – Nassarawa – Abuja (160km)
After breakfast, we will depart for Nassarawa State to see the Farin Ruwa Water Falls. Farin Ruwa is just as spectacular as Canada’s Niagara Falls and Zambia’s Victoria Falls. The beauty of the waterfalls takes one’s breath away! It is a truly magnificent work of nature, being 150 metres high and 50 metres wide; absolutely incomparable with other waterfalls in Nigeria.
The best time to visit and see Farin Ruwa at its highpoint is in the month of April through the summer months of July, August and September. Aided by the mid-year rains, Farin Ruwa becomes tempestuous, roaring down the hills in a stream of whiteness.
The force of its gushing water is so torrential that it can be mistaken for white smoke or white liquid from where it gets its name – Farin Ruwa, meaning “White Water” in the Hausa language.
Depending on the departure flight time, we may not be able to visit this waterfall as it may take about 3-4 hours travel time either way (8 hours on a return trip). Unless the flight is a night flight at around 22:00pm out of Abuja, we will not advise this visit.
Depart Abuja to home
End of Tour!