Located on the Western coast of Africa, Nigeria is a fascinating, unusual destination. It is also one that has been embroiled in years of civil war and sectarian conflict between the 250 Nigerian tribes. As a result, only the hardiest of tourists arrive on flights to Nigeria to explore the country. This is a great shame, for Nigeria is an extremely diverse destination with some amazing attractions. In the southeast are the Obudu Hills, which give way to beaches along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. In the middle and southwest of the country are rainforest, the Lagos estuary and savannah. The Sahel melts into the Sahara in the north.
Lagos is the largest city and arrival point for most flights to Nigeria, but no longer the capital. Most visitors spend some time here, acclimatizing to the surroundings.
If you are planning on booking a flight to Nigeria, be aware that the current travel advice from the government is to avoid all but non-essential travel to Nigeria.
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Nigeria really only has two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season lasts from April to October. From November to March the temperatures are high and the sunshine never ceases.
Nigeria is a year-round destination, but travel out of the summer months is preferable, unless you’re immune to extreme heat. October to May can be the most pleasant time for the cooler weather.
The spring and summer months are hottest. In the south, the wet season is from March to August.
If you’re travelling long distances in Nigeria, flying is the easiest way to get around. There are many airlines with domestic flights, including Arik, Bellview, Chanchangi Airlines (the largest domestic carrier) and Virgin Nigeria.
The rail system is not very reliable, but is a cheap way of getting around. There is a connection between Lagos and Kano and Port Harcourt and Maiduguri with some stopovers.
Several bus companies offer services around Nigeria. For travel away from the main, safe, cities, it is advisable to hire a car with a driver.