WEST AFRICA: NIGERIA
The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic
comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The
country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the
Republic of Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger. Its coast in the south
lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. The name Nigeria
was taken from the Niger River running through the country. Nigeria,
known as "the Giant of Africa", is the most populous country in Africa
and the seventh most populous country in the world.
With the rise of foreign economic interest in Africa, it’s no surprise that
Africa’s most populous country has received plenty of attention lately.
Monetary matters aside, Nigeria’s main cities have been becoming
more and more cosmopolitan over the years, and that has directly
contributed to an increase in tourism and popularity among foreigners.
WEST AFRICA: NIGERIA
Nigeria's cultural heritage is woven from threads of history and
diversity, legend and conquest. Tourists visiting the country will
gain insights to a glorious past as well as a promising future,
set amid the natural beauty of this diverse country. Nigeria
offers a remarkable range of physical beauty in her land and
hospitality of her people, ready to be enjoyed by the tourist
fortunate enough to choose this land of ancient empires as
their travel destination.
Nigeria offers a wide variety of tourist attractions such as
extended and roomy river and ocean beaches ideal for
swimming and other water sports, unique wildlife, vast tracts of
unspoiled nature ranging from tropical forests, magnificent
waterfalls, some new rapidly growing cities and climatic
conditions in some parts particularly conducive to holidaying.
The Yankari National Park is the premier game reserve in
Nigeria. The beauty and size of The Yankari Game Reserve
make it the most popular reserve in Nigeria. The reserve covers
2,058 sq. km. of savanna woodland and is well-stocked with
elephants, baboons, waterbucks, bushbucks, oribi, crocodile,
hippopotamus, roan antelope, buffalo and various types of
monkeys. Lions are occasionally spotted as well, despite their
The Obudu Ranch is a popular holiday destination for
adventurous tourists wishing to explore the remote corners of
Nigeria. Situated in the northeast corner of Cross River State,
only 45 miles from the Cameroon border, a tourist can enjoy the
countryside of both Nigeria and Cameroon at the same time.
The country has many other natural beauties like the city of
Kano, different festivals like the Eyo and argungun festivals, the
sacred grove of osun-osogbo, and Abuja. Nigeria is a veritable
treasure trove of beautiful handmade crafts. Drawing from
ancient traditions, Nigerian artisans create marvelous wood
carvings, metal castings, exotic jewelry, traditional clothing,
intricately decorated calabashes and finely-crafted leatherwork.