Cheap flights to Nigeria depart from Heathrow and Gatwick airports near London. Citizens of the UK will require a visa to enter Nigeria. Check with the Nigeria High Commission in London before your flight to Nigeria. Some flights to Nigeria will arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Licensed taxis – usually sporting yellow paintwork – are available outside the airport terminal. Other flights to Nigeria may arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Taxis are readily available outside the airport terminal. Fly and Ride operates shuttle bus services between the airport and Abuja city centre. Tickets can be purchased from their desk in the airport’s arrivals hall.
Nigeria does not have a very effective public transport system, and the easiest way to get to different cities is to fly. There are a number of domestic airports located around the country. Airlines providing domestic flights within Nigeria include Air Nigeria and Arik. Check their respective websites for more information. Okadas, or motorcycles, provide a quick and easy method of getting around a city. Shared taxis and minibuses also provide trips between cities. They are available from the motor park. Destinations are displayed on signs placed on top of the vehicle, and they do not depart until all seats are filled up.
Nigeria is often underrated as a holiday destination, yet it has more than enough to entertain the intrepid traveller. The World Heritage-listed site of Osun-Osogbo is considered a scared forest, dedicated to the Yoruba goddess Oshun. Discover the Shrine of Oshuno, as well as the many sculptures created by Austrian artist Suzanne Wenger. Visit Badagry Town on the outskirts of Lagos. The coastal town has an archway inscribed with the phrase ‘Point of No Return’, a reference to its former role as a port from where slaves were sent away. Sungbo’s Eredo is one of Nigeria’s lesser-known, but more intriguing attractions. The Eredo is a massive series of walls and ditches, built over a thousand years ago in honour of the noblewoman Biliksu Sungbo.
The big cities of Abuja and Lagos have a number of shopping malls filled with local and regional brands. Ikeja City Mall in Lagos is a brand new, shiny shopping centre with a number of high street chains such as Aldo, a five-screen multiplex and a number of restaurants and cafes. The country’s vibrant markets provide a better insight into the locals’ lifestyle. Watt Market in Calabar bustles with stalls selling vibrant local waxed fabric, live poultry, fresh vegetables and even assorted car parts! Meat lovers may want to visit the Ikoyi Hotel’s Suya Spot for suya, a West African version of kebab. Beef, goat, chicken, tripe, offal, gizzards and other meaty delights are all on offer here, served with a cocktail of spices and fried onions. Enjoy live music at the New Afrika Shrine, run by music legend Fela Kuti’s son Femi.
The top flight destination for Nigeria is Lagos
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