Skyscrapers adorning the skyline of the African Giant - Nigeria
A vibrant nation with growing population and rapid development, Nigeria is Africa's bustling 'giant'. Explore this captivating nation through its diverse wildlife, historic sites, prolific coastline, mesmerizing waterfalls and sprawling acres of tropical vegetation. Six of its must-visit marvels are:
Yankari National Park
African bush elephants cooling off in the cool muds
A must-see for wildlife lovers, the Yankari National Park houses a biologically diverse group of flora and fauna. Forming an integral part of the local culture, the park promotes ecotourism.
Of the several natural warm water springs in this park, Wikki Warm Spring, flowing into the Gaji River is a major tourist attraction.
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A glimpse of the sacred Osun-Osogbo Forest
Regarded as the abode of Osun, the Yoruba goddess of fertility, this dense forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Osun-Osogbo is a sacred grove located on the banks of the Osun River and is a large area of a rainforest in southwest Nigeria. The mesmerizing grove houses several shrines and sanctuaries built in honor of Osun, a Yoruba Goddess, scattered throughout the forest.
Do time your visit to coincide with the famous 12-day long Osun-Osogbo festival, a rich indigenous Yoruba ceremony held in August.
The Head of Jemaa, artifact housed in the National Museum
A captivating place for history lovers, the National Museum houses great collections of Nigerian art. The museum has galleries dedicated to brasses from Benin City, the famous Nok Terracottas, and some traditional symbols of power, like carved ivory and a royal host of crowns.
At the museum, you can buy souvenirs of woodcarvings and other handicrafts like batik cloth and traditional handloom textiles.
Obudu Mountain Resort
Be it business or leisure, this resort is the perfect place to relax. Take a ride in Africa's longest cable car (4 km) to enjoy a breathtaking view of the region on your way to the Obudu mountain resort. The resort offers lovely dining facilities with a relaxing view of the mountains.
Nike Centre for Art and Culture
Enjoy the serenity and natural beauty
Run by the famous Nigerian artist Nike Davies Okundaye, this enormous five-story space houses traditional and contemporary Nigerian art. Visit it to explore the authentic Nigerian art and craft.
This bustling market is a haven for avid shoppers. It specializes in crafts including traditional African masks and intricate Nigerian beadwork. Bargaining here for exotic memorabilia is highly recommended.
Before You Travel
Unfortunate socio-political incidents in the country have marred this beautiful tourist destination. Before planning a visit, make sure that the country is under a stable rule.
Nigeria has much to offer in the form of stunning natural environment and other places of interest. However, due to hot and humid weather, and lack of potable tap water, you may be exposed to health hazards like cholera and malaria. Opt for a travel insurance plan before you plan your travel. Such plans provide cashless hospitalization and can be a boon to safeguard your finances.
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