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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