Nigeria is one of the most underrated countries in Africa when it comes to tourism. There’s plenty to do, see and experience in the country. So, if you’ve never been, you’re missing out. Here are 6 things that you can do there.
1. Nike Art Gallery
Don’t be confused by the name; the Nike Art Gallery has nothing to do with the sports brand. It’s actually named after Nike Davies-Okundaye, one the country’s most important and respected artists. She runs this enormous gallery, which shows lots of modern and traditional works of Nigerian art. If you want to learn even more about the art on display, take advantage of the cultural tours on offer.
2. Elegushi Beach
The most impressive beach are in Nigeria is Elegushi Beach. In the day, you can pay a small fee to gain access to the semi-private beach. You can then bask in the sun on the beautiful sands, and take a dip in the sea. And then at night, the beach becomes something completely different. On Sunday nights, there are always huge parties on Elegushi Beach, with music, drinking and dancing.
3. Lekki Conservation Centre
The best thing about the Lekki Conservation Centre is the wetlands. Here, you can view all kinds of birds and animals in their natural environment. The animals are not interfered with, but they are protected as much as possible by the Centre. There are crocodiles and monkeys that you can see from above thanks to the impressive raised walkways. Some people come for the great bird watching potential though.
4. The National Museum
When you’re visiting a country for the first time, it’s always a good idea to get to know the place and its history. In Nigeria, the best place to visit to find out about the history and culture of the country is the National Museum. It houses relics and works of art from different periods in Nigeria’s long and proud history. It also has an arts and crafts village where you can buy handmade pieces.
5. Experience Lagos
Lagos is not only the largest city in Nigeria but also the largest city in Africa. The city is incredibly busy and lively, so it’s not for the faint hearted. If you’ve never been there before, make sure you keep up with the latest Nigerian news. It’s an unpredictable place, so it’s best to keep yourself informed. And this will also help you to find out what events and activities are going on in the city. It’s the kind of city that you have to experience at least once, so make sure you spend some time there.
6. Yankari National Park
If you love wildlife, the Yankari National Park is somewhere you simply must visit while you’re in Nigeria. It’s the most interesting and diverse natural environment in the country. You’ll see leopards, hyenas, baboons, buffaloes and even some lions. There are roughly 500 elephants in the area as well. The winter and spring are the best times of year to visit the Yankari National Park and see the wildlife.