Tourism in Nigeria: what to see and how to get permission to enter the country
One of the most inhabited countries in the world, with the largest population and the strongest economy among African countries, is Nigeria. For its local flavor, exotic nature, and sunny beaches on the Atlantic coast, hundreds of thousands of people come to the country for an unforgettable holiday. Nigerian tourism, after all, is an opportunity to experience the ancient traditions of Africa and relax in a paradisiacal corner of the tropics. Read more about how to prepare for a trip to Nigeria from our checklist.
What to see in Nigeria
- The city of Lagos
Lagos is the largest city not only in Nigeria but also on the entire African continent. Around 16 million people live here. Therefore, the city never sleeps and can offer tourists a huge number of bars, nightclubs, and other entertainment venues. But all this will be spiced up with the traditional way of life of Nigerians, making the rest in Lagos even more colorful. And for relaxing on the Atlantic coast, the cozy Tarkwa Bay beach, located on an island near the port of Lagos, is just perfect.
- Yankari National Park
If you have no idea where to go in Nigeria to enjoy the beauty of Africa's wildlife, then head to Yankari National Park. Here you can see exotic flora and fauna in their natural habitat. In particular, Yankara is home to the largest population of elephants in West Africa. Goats, buffalo, lions, monkeys, crocodiles, etc. can also be found in the park. This destination, therefore, plays an important role in the development and promotion of ecotourism in Nigeria and Africa in general. The park is also home to mysterious caves which, according to legends, hide valuable relics of the peoples who once inhabited this land.
- Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls
- The tiny town of Erin-Ijesha has become a pearl of tourism in Nigeria thanks to the nearby waterfall of the same name. Its existence has been known since the early 12th century. At that time, local people used to make offerings here because they believed the waterfall to be associated with deities. The storm cascade is made up of seven levels that appear to have been thrown straight out of the rocks. But in reality, the stream of water flows out of the impenetrable jungle, thus creating an impressive landscape. No wonder this location has become one of the most popular in Nigeria among those looking to organise a photo shoot.
- Abeokuta town
Around the town of Abeokuta, there are the Olumo rocks, very similar to fortifications. During your tour, you can visit the intricate cave labyrinths in the stone blocks. In the town itself, we advise you to visit the Abeokuta National Museum with its large collection of historical artifacts, as well as local shops selling decorative products and souvenirs. And in Abeokuta, there is an ancient tomb where the legendary biblical heroine Queen of Sheba may be buried. Although there is no reliable confirmation that the tomb belonged to the mentioned figure.
Tourist visa to Nigeria
Citizens of some countries do not need a tourist visa to Nigeria. An invitation from a resident of Nigeria is sufficient. A list of countries whose representatives do not need a visa can be found here. The cost of the consular fee varies from country to country. Current prices are available on the Nigerian Migration Service website. In addition, you must be vaccinated against certain diseases when entering the country. We inform you that our website offers legal services and will be able to provide assistance in the process of obtaining a tourist visa or other permits.
Package of documents required to obtain a tourist visa:
- original and copy of a passport;
- completed visa application form;
- two photographs (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm);
- copy of registration certificate;
- booked return tickets;
- certificate from the place of work;
- medical insurance;
- hotel reservation;
- statement of bank accounts;
- letter from the travel agency responsible for your stay in the country.
The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.
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