Nigeria Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Nigeria

Where is it?: Nigeria is in western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon.

Why do people go here?: The most populous nation in Africa, Nigeria is an extremely chaotic country loaded with a diverse cross sections of cultures, people and religions. Most travelers avoid Nigeria at all costs.

What are the main entry points?: A number of European airlines service Lagos and Abuja, the capital of Nigeria

Currency used: Naira

Country Code for Phones: 234

Area codes for Major Cities: Lagos 01

Religion: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, Animist 10%

Population: 155 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Ibo, others

Government: Military Government

Languages: English, Hausa, Fulani, Yorbua, Pidgin

Travel Information

Major Cities: Lagos, Abuja

Attractions: Kano, Yankari Game Reserve

Accommodation: Nigeria Hostels, Nigeria Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Nigeria Tourism

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Oshogbo

Health Issues: Malaria, Pollution,Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever

When to go: Depending upon the region, the rainy season’s vary. In general, it’s most pleasant from December through March

Common Phrases: Hello = Bonjour, How are you? = Comment allez-vous?, Good = Bien or Bon, Yes = Oui, Okay = D’accord or OK, No = Non, Thank you = Merci, Please = S’il vous plat, Goodbye = Au revoir, Also: How you dey? – How are you?, Fine-o – I’m fine, Wetin be your name? – What’s your name?, Please – I beg
or Hausa, Sannu – Hello, Ina kwana? – (How was your night?) Good morning, Lafiya – Fine, No gode – Thank you, Sai an jima – See you later

Specific Events/Holidays: National Day: October 1, Variable Islamic Holidays

Getting Around: Getting around Nigeria can be a nightmare, on any standards. Luxury buses tend to be the most reliable and the safest. Shared taxis between towns are also available.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Nigeria are Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. To obtain a cheaper flight, choose the airport that is near your trip destination.

Need more information?: Check out the Nigeria travel guide for more on what to

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Bayo Tahri
29 April 2010

Hi, thanks so much for the above info..its very useful and specially the lingo part..and thanks for highlighting the health issues as well..i also went through this link and found it very useful.