Cheap Flights to Nigeria
Flights to Nigeria
West Africa is bursting with historical and economic importance. It is Nigeria, however, who takes the crown when it comes to number of its people. The country has one of the biggest populations in Africa, with 173.6 million people living in the country around 2010. The country is largely supported with crude oil drilled in the Delta located in the southern part of the country. This has sustained Nigeria and made it one of the most progressive economies in the world.
Nigeria's pre-colonial society has long existed before the arrival of the Europeans who conquered the lands and transported natives across the Atlantic as slaves. The British made Nigeria one of its power bases other than South Africa and only gave back the country its independence in 1960. Democracy only came about after a long period of Civil War and political unrest.
What to see & do
Due to religious differences and other issues, it can be unsafe for travellers to visit Nigeria. One best prepare for security at all phases of the country to enjoy the trip fully. Lagos, the largest and the most crowded city in the country, has various cultural sights to offer. One of them is Kalakuta Republic Museum which shows off legendary musician Fela Kuti's household items and other relics. There is also Nike Art Gallery which features a range of traditional and contemporary arts. Tourists should add this to their list of places to see, as the art gallery has groups offering cultural tours to Yoruba towns.
A trip to Oshogbo to immerse in the traditional religion of the country is another possible destination. The usual highlight of a trip here is Osun Sacred Grove, a tribute to the Yoruba fertility goddess. The surrounding forest is also worth exploring for its natural beauty. Sculptures are also exhibited here, which were made to honour the river goddess. From there, one can also check out other landmarks in the city which include African Heritage Culture to learn more about this West African country.
The cultural significance of Calabar, located on the southeastern part of Nigeria, makes it essential to visit. The Calabar Museum can be found here, which displays various periods in the city's history. There are collections from the Efik kingdom, the slave trade, and the British era. From here, travellers can go around in the city further to see primate reservations such as the Drill Ranch and Cercopan. One can then interact with some of the tame monkeys and chimpanzees here, as long as everything is done under the supervision of an authorised keeper.
How to get around within Nigeria
Public transport in Nigeria is relatively easy to get around in, although they can be chaotic and noisy. Minibuses ply routes in every town, which makes it convenient to move from one part of the city to the other. Bush taxis also take passengers, but at higher rates. They are more comfortable to ride in, however. Train service is intermittent, which can make it unreliable to ride in. When in operation, travellers can ride it between Lagos to Kano or go from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri.
For those who want to drive, caution is paramount due to the often careless manner of the motorists. Wearing of seatbelts is also reinforced here, with a huge amount of hassle waiting for those who forget. Carrying a portable diesel container is also recommended, though, for emergency fill-ups.
How to get there
Travellers going to Nigeria will most likely land on Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Various African airlines serve here with other international commercial flight operators around the world. Some of these airlines are: Aero Contractors, Air France, Alitalia, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, British Airways, Dana Air, Delta Air Lines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, First Nation Airways, Iberia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Med-View Airline, Middle East Airlines, Overland Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, RwandAir, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.
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