Nigeria also known as “Naija” is the most populous nation with people of African origin and heritage, the country is a place immersed with a lot of cultural diversifications and histories, different religious beliefs, specialized arts and crafts dating back to 500BCE amongst others. There are more than 50 ethnic groups in Nigeria and the country shared multiple entry borders with four other African countries such as Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Republic of Benin.
There are various places of interest to consider as a tourist in Nigeria, but the major ones are:
The Benin Kingdom land area now known as Edo state attracts a lot of tourists worldwide, it is located in what is called the south-south part of Nigeria or the Delta region is the fourth earliest known civilization recorded by historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Benin artifacts are among the most exquisite and coveted in the world’s history which represents the earliest civilization among Africans.
Interesting Fact: “The Oldest Church in West Africa was established in Great Benin Empire by the Earliest Portuguese missionaries in the 16th Century.”
The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forests in southern Nigeria. Regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, one of the pantheons of Yoruba gods, the landscape of the grove and its meandering river is dotted with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures, and artworks in honor of Osun and other deities.
Gberefu Island also known as Point of No Return is a populated historical island located in Badagry, a town and local government area of Lagos State, South-Western Nigeria. Symbolized by two poles slightly slanted towards each other and facing the Atlantic Ocean, the island was a major slave port after it was opened in 1473 during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade era.
Other unique places are
Obudu Cattle Ranch
Have a feel of the serene and beautiful nature of southern Nigeria
Learn about the Nok arts and crafts dating back to 1500 BC
Yankari Game Reserve
Here will give you a full experience of the Floral and Fauna of West Africa
Nigeria a multicultural country has more than 50 cuisines available at both expensive restaurants and street food vendors. Although we strongly recommend you to try the local food varieties peculiar to both Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria such as; Jollof Rice (North and South) | Afang Cuisine (South) | Edikaikong Cuisine (South) | Tuwo shinkafa Cuisine (North) | Kilishi and Suya Cuisine (North) | Gbegiri and Ewedu Cuisine (South)
Traveling within as a tourist in Nigeria is filled with fun from the highlands of Jos to the lowlands of Bayelsa.
The people are welcoming and the culture is well diversified from north to south.
Before arriving in Nigeria
- Always have reusable items such as a bottle for water collection and a food box for left-overs
- Carry recycled bags with you to collect your tiny wastes, funny isn’t it? (Check out https://www.wildplastic.com/wildshop/ for eco-friendly sacks.)
- Make sure to pack a hat to protect your skin during dry and rainy seasons
- Buy sun cream and soap: take a look at the ingredient list and make sure to avoid articles that include microplastic
- Prefer a non-stop flight to Nigeria, since this will relatively reduce CO2 emission instead of causing higher pollution by having stopovers from multiple locations
After arriving in Nigeria
- Try out locally made foods, although some have hot spicy tastes they are yummy
- Walk or use bicycles around the city instead of a car. During a nice stroll, you are likely to have a greater experience of how people interact and live within that city
- Avoid items that do not promote the preservation of community or conservation of animals. In other words: items endangering the natural habitats such as souvenirs with animal hides, seashells, and rocks (pebbles) do not belong in suitcases back home!
- Buy locally made crafts and arts that promote the environment and value the inhabitants’ talents.
- Leave no trace of litter or garbage behind
- Learn the basic language of the host city. This might mean a little effort but knowing some basics will make it much easier for you to get in touch with locals and dive into the country’s spirit.
- Stay in hotels that support eco-friendly practices and environmental sustainability
As the mission of ChargeHolidays is to promote a carbon-free tourism experience, you can contribute by sticking to the information provided above, and since Nigeria is a developing country various affordable hotels and resort places use conventional & traditional methods of living & hospitality which increases the scale of sustainability. Register on our App (link) now to find places you can stay to reduce your carbon footprint during your tour.
This article is written by Taiwo Adekola. He is a native of the Yoruba ethnic group in Nigeria and has lived there for almost three decades. He loves to share his view on sustainable lifestyles and hope to inspire readers through his eco-friendly articles on sustainable tourism. You can reach out to him for inquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org.