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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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The flight to Nigeria from Canada will vary in travel time based on the number of stops, as there is no direct service to Nigeria. One-stop flights are available with a travel time of approximately 17h 45m, although some flights may take up to 25h 50m flight time, or longer, depending on duration and location of stopovers and the city of departure and arrival.
Currently, there are no direct flights to Nigeria from Canada. Travellers can find flights departing from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary that offer one-stop service to various cities in Nigeria. Flights arrive in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt, with flights available from Air Canada, Ethiopian Air, and Delta Airlines.
Driving is not recommended for tourists visiting Nigeria, or at least not without a hired driver on hand. Due to security hazards, road safety issues, and a network of roads in poor condition, travellers are advised to use extreme caution when travelling by car without a local guide or other assistance. Car hire with a driver is the best choice for those who want to drive, with multiple services available in the country. Taxis and buses are available to get from town to town, but most major lines require advance booking notice. Easy Taxi offers service in Lagos, but consider haggling to reduce meter charges. Long-distance coaches are cheaper and more readily available than flights with Greener Lines and ABC transport offering the best services.
Travellers visiting Nigeria for the first time will want to check out the many outdoor adventures and activities, including Zuma Rock, Olumo Rock, Yankari National Park, and the Tarkwa Bay Beach. Ibadan is home to a variety of unique architectural buildings and neighborhoods, as well as a university that helps fuel the city’s rich nightlife destinations. Emir’s Palace in Kano and the Gidan Makama Museum are also popular choices. The Gashaka Game Reserve is the most scenic national park in the state and home to 500+ types and species of birds. Cross River National Park is home to curious ancient monoliths carved into the hills, and when security allows northern travel, Zaria’s old city is a must-see destination for history and ancient culture. The National Museum at Onikan on Lagos and the sacred shrine of Osogbo are popular, as well.
If you are a Canadian citizen or other international visitor flying to Nigeria, a passport is required for entry. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended date of departure from the country. Canadian nationals must also obtain a visa prior to their arrival in the country, as visas are required for all types of travel, including tourism and business travel.
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.