Feeling adventurous and have time 10 days to spare? Why not travel round Nigeria?!
From the north to the south, the country is replete with beautiful and remarkable cities (some untouched by democracy, scandal or progress), rich history, ancient art, enthralling and age-caressed landscapes, delicious food, delightful cultures and fascinating, friendly people; all certain to make your trip a life changing one.
Nigeria may be referred to as the giant of Africa, however, its geographical size is far from being regarded as the largest on the continent. Travelling the entire country in those few days can be a breeze, especially with the help of jet-age technology. All you need is careful planning and Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking portal has tips to help you achieve this daring feat which is sure to be bring life-long memories.
Consider the timing
Before you set out, you need to ensure the timing is perfect for the selected areas. While different destinations in Nigeria have varied weather conditions, they usually all experience two main seasons: the dry and the wet season.
The dry season usually spans from September to March while the rainy or wet season starts from late March and ends early September. Dry season would be best time to embark on this trip as there is a very slim chance of being delayed by unfavorable weather. Also, most of the festivals around the country are held within the dry season, so you can seize the opportunity and experience them as well.
Select key areas to visit
It is impossible to visit every nook in the country, even if you have more than 10 days to spend.
Before you set out on the journey, make a list of all the prominent sites within the country, the different cultures and settlements, and research on them. Afterwards select the options that seem feasible and make your plans around them. While selecting key areas to visit, check your budget and consider accessibility: are there mapped out roads? Is there free entry?
Try not to cramp your list as doing so will probably just leave you stressed out and largely unsatisfied as you might not cover everything on the list in 10 days as intended.
Save time with flights
While Nigeria is not as large as some other countries in Africa, it is still a large expanse of land. It is best to use flights rather than land transport options as they will cut out the extra time spent on the road. Find out the cities on your list that have airports and plan your transportation schedule in such a way that you can accommodate more flights than bus rides.
A perk of flying is that you get to enjoy the aerial view of a city before you touch down. For instance, you cannot really understand why Ibadan is called the red roof city until you have enjoyed looked at the city from the sky.
Research the best routes
Like they say, there are many ways to kill a rat. In like manner, there are many routes through which you can connect to the different municipalities in Nigeria.
It is important to research the best routes to navigate the country and to do that, you need to figure out where your starting point would be. Find out the landmarks and iconic attractions around the country are you determined to explore. How accessible are the different locations pinned down on your list? Where are the short cuts? Answering these question gives you a better idea on how to plan. It is also important to study the layout of the country as well as the destinations you intend to tour.
Sleep in transit
You have only got 10 days and a lot of places to cover, you certainly do not have the luxury of sleeping in or whiling away time in a hotel room. Manage your time effectively and catch up on sleep while in transit, either on the flight or on the bus.
In order not to miss certain exciting sights on the way, it may be advisable to time your movements or at best, ask a travelling companion to wake you up at intervals. Adventurous travelers understand the thrill that come with timed explorations and usually enjoy these kind of trips the most.
The best way to enjoy travelling Nigeria in 10 days is by staying optimistic. Optimism boosts a good state of mind and usually ensures that everything become an adventure! Be prepared for eventualities, and tackle every challenge with glee.
Ask for advice from locals where needed and keep an open mind while experiencing the different cultures.