Welcome to Nigeria Rendezvous. For People (foreigners) who love and want to travel to and within Nigeria, our ‘Travel Manager’ will help you with vital information to make your travel journey a wonderful experience. Enjoy your stay here on Nigeria Rendezvous.
Nigeria is a great powerhouse: as the most populous nation on the continent – nearly every fifth African is Nigerian – it dominates the region. Recently, though, the boom has shown a few signs of bust: the economy has been hit by the drop in crude oil prices.
But Lagos, the main city, is resurgent: with burgeoning tech industries, posh restaurants and clubs, and an exploding arts scene, this mega-city is the face of modern Africa. Outside Gidi (as Lagosians call their city), you may feel as if you’re a lone explorer getting a glimpse of the raw edges of the world, immersing yourself in deep and layered cultures. From Yoruba shrines to the slave ports, from the ancient Muslim cities of the north (currently out of bounds for security reasons) to the river deltas, and among stunning natural environments – there are plenty of wonderful antidotes to a sometimes exhausting journey.
What to Take
- Basic medical kit
- Malaria pills and deterrent spray
- Sunhat and sunscreen
- Good walking boots for hikes and muddy trails.
- Umbrella for tropical downpours
- Torch for electricity blackouts
What to Wear
Nigerians are expressive dressers and pretty much anything goes, though you should dress modestly for religious sites and in Muslim areas. Loose cotton clothes are best in the intense heat. Lagos is a great place to shop for funky Afro fashions, and throughout the country tailors will copy favourite garments for you: just buy some gorgeous local fabric first.
It’s illegal to wear camouflage/army-style clothes.
- Visit your doctor six weeks in advance for vaccinations.
- Leave plenty of time to arrange your visa paperwork, which includes arranging a letter of introduction.
- Book accommodation in advance if you’re going to Lagos.
- Start taking malaria pills one to two days before you leave.
Arriving in Destination
Murtala Muhammed International Airport Take a licensed taxi to your accommodation; these will be waiting to meet incoming flights. Ask the fee before getting in (30 minutes to one hour depending on traffic; around N6000).
Travellers with Disabilities
Powered wheelchairs are few and far between, and the country’s broken pavements make travel difficult for disabled visitors. Locals are likely to be helpful though, and it can often be very cheap to hire people to help with lifting and so on.
Travel with Children
While children will be treated kindly in Nigeria, you may find the practicalities difficult. The broken pavements are very difficult for prams, and public toilets tend to be dire, with no baby-change facilities. Bus journeys are hot and crowded, with few loo breaks.
More Information For Travellers
Many Nigerian embassies issue visas only to residents and nationals of the country in which the embassy is located, so it’s essential to put things in motion well before your trip. Exact requirements vary, but as a rule of thumb, forms are required in triplicate, along with proof of funds to cover your stay, a round-trip air ticket, and possibly confirmed hotel reservations. You also need a letter of invitation from a resident of Nigeria or a business in the country.
NOTE: We have only provided these information as a starting point. Always make sure you get the latest travel information.