Nigeria is a massive country with a lot to explore. The middle is home to beautiful rainforests brimming with lush greenery and wildlife, while the Obudu Hills in the southeast are a sight to be seen. Then there's over 500 miles of coastline offering tranquil beaches, the Sahara and plenty of national parks such as Cross River and Yankari. Nigeria's buzzing capital city of Abuja and Lagos both offer plenty of museums, shops and restaurants, while the city of Osogbo is home to Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove UNESCO World Heritage Site - a must see during a holiday in Nigeria.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Arik Air all offer direct flights to Nigeria from London Heathrow to both Abuja and Lagos and the average journey time is around seven hours. Indirect flights are available from most other UK airports and can sometimes work out cheaper than a direct flight. The cheapest time to fly is outside of peak season which runs from October to January, although Ramadan and Easter can also see prices rise.
The best way to get around is by hiring a car with a driver as the country's rail network is notoriously unreliable. Buses are also an option during your holiday to Nigeria and operate between most of the major cities, but for those travelling long distances, domestic flights are a lot quicker. Both Arik Air and Air Nigeria offer competitive internal flights if booked in advance.
Nigeria offers a whole range of different types of accommodation from luxury hotel resorts to budget hostels, but it's important to know that almost all require you to pay for your whole stay upfront. The best way to get a cheap hotel in Nigeria is to shop around online for the best deals and book and pay before you leave for your Nigeria holiday.
There are lots of Nigerian delicacies to sample during your stay with soup being a staple nearly everywhere you go and a very inexpensive meal. Try gbegiri bean soup or for those feeling brave the isi ewu (goat's head stew). That said, some things are definitely best avoided, in particular 404 pepper soup which is made using dog meat!
If you pay a visit to any of the markets located all around Nigeria make sure you haggle for your goods and expect to get at least 50% off the original asking price. If you do agree a deal though, don't then change your mind and walk off as this is considered extremely rude! The only exception to the haggling rule is when it comes to bread as its price is fixed so there's no room for negotiations.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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