Cheap flights to Nigeria

Nigeria is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most exciting countries. From chaotic and bustling Lagos to the lush green villages that surround it, Nigeria has something for every visitor.

Thanks to its new found oil riches, Nigeria has seen tourism rise and along with it, its cultural prowess. Today, arts are as much of a draw to the country, as Nigeria’s miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches.

From modern Benin City with its National Museum and surviving moat to hilltop Calabar with its whitewashed houses and Mediterranean mood, Nigeria has many sides to its personality. Cross River National Park is the gateway to Cameroon where leopards, buffalo and gorillas roam free while Gashaka Game Reserve is another spectacular location from which to marvel at the incredible local wildlife.

Bathe in the tranquillity of the small pools at Gurara Falls, an utterly majestic sight, or in the Olumirin Falls, where it is said the water has healing powers and cascades down from a giant pot of water at the top of the cliff. Rock climbers will have a whale of a time here.

Hikers should head for the Shere Hills for the best hiking in all of West Africa not to mention some of the best views. Yankari National Park is a birdwatchers paradise with the odd elephant and crocodile thrown in for good measure. A restaurant and pool make this a wonderful place for an overnight stay.

Nigeria has a wealth of historical architecture and tradition. Visit the Emir’s Palace in Kano where medieval walls and Hausa architecture hark back to the days of the trans-Saharan trade routes. Gidan Makama Museum, also in Kano, has an impressive collection of arts, artefacts and crafts on display. While Ile-Ife boasts 13th century bronze and terracotta statues, Ibadan is like an open-air museum with beautiful examples of colonial, art-deco and traditional Nigerian architecture. This big city also has one raucous nightlife.

Follow the hoards of Nigerian holidaymakers to Jos where cool breezes, lush greenery and waterfalls make the perfect spot for a little alfresco dining. Then, of course, there is Lagos, the capital, where anything goes. Museums and galleries, nightclubs and beach bars and markets and mega-malls fill this loud, chaotic city. But, with its emotive historical slave port, Badagry and magical stretches of soft white sand lapped by clear blue waters, it has a peaceful side. Here there is time to reflect on the historic tapestry that has come to make Nigeria such an intriguing and beguiling place to visit.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Nigeria’s main airport is Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport located 14 miles from the centre of Lagos. It can be reached in 30 to 60 minutes by car depending on the traffic. Shuttle buses and taxis are both available from outside the airport.

Other airports in Nigeria include Abuja International Airport which is 22 miles from Abuja. Taxis are available for arriving visitors. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is 5 miles north of Kano. Taxis for hire take 25 minutes to reach the city centre. 

What you need to know

Currency: Nigerian Naira

Visas: UK nationals require a visa to enter Nigeria. Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of departure. A letter of invitation and a hotel booking must be provided in order to obtain a tourist visa which can be single-entry or multiple-entry depending on requirements.

Laws: There is a ban on smoking in all indoor public places including bars, restaurants and clubs and on all public transport. Breaking this law is punishable by fine. The legal age for consuming alcohol in Nigeria is 18. It is important to note that homosexuality is generally viewed as unacceptable in Nigeria. With a large Muslim population, dress should be modest particularly when visiting religious sites or monuments.

Best Time to Visit

The climate varies across the country. The south coast is hot, humid and rainy from March to November while the north has its rainy season from July to September. December and January are the coldest months with chilly nights that require a jumper.

In February, the Eyo festival in Lagos is worth seeing for its spectacular processions or white gowned and masked performers. March is for anglers with the annual Fishing Festival taking place in Kebbi State Town while Lagos Carnival in April is full of floats, parades and dancing. In August the traditional Oshun and Kano festivals are a great way of experiencing local culture. October in Abuja means the annual International Film and Video Festival while Lagos hosts a photography event to showcase the work of local and international artists. The Obudu Mountain Race in November is one of the hardest in the world and is worth coming to watch, if not take part with runners climbing to an altitude of 1,575 meters. December brings with it the MTV Africa Music Awards and many lively Christmas celebrations. 

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