Nigeria Discovery


Nigeria Discovery

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 12 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lagos

Arrive in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. You will be met and transferred to your nearby hotel. A meeting with your guide and a chat about your tour will be held this evening.

Overnight Ibis Hotel or similar

Day 2 – Badagry - Lagos

A morning tour around Lagos. We cross Lagos Island long bridge to see the pile-dwellings from above. Visit the National Museum with great Nigerian art and ethnographic objects (Benin bronzes, Yoruba masks, Nok terracottas, Ibo shrines). We take lunch near the museum before a tour around the Afro-Brazilian quarter where the majority of the slave trade returnees from Brazil settled. We leave this mega-city and drive the 45kms to the Benin border where Badagry, one of the major slave ports in the Gulf of Guinea existed. Also visit the first two storey building in Nigeria and the ‘point of no return’, where most slaves awaiting shipment are kept. In the evening return to Lagos. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar (B)

Day 3 - Abeokuta - Ibadan - Ile Ife/Osogbo

After breakfast, depart for Abeokuta with a visit to the famous Olumo rock. We will climb to the top of the rock with spectacular views of the ancient Abeokuta town. We pay a courtesy visit on the Alake of Egba land at his palace where the history and culture of the Egba and other tribe in Ogun state will be on display. Also visit the Adire market, where authentic African fabric will be available to purchase. Continue to Ibadan, the oldest and largest city in West Africa. We take a tour of this ancient city and visit the Olubadan of Ibadan’s palace, and the university of Ibadan, which is Nigeria’s premier high institution. Continue the journey to Ile-Ife, home of Oduduwa – the legendary father of the Yoruba race. On arrival we will call on the Ooni of Ife, the traditional head of the kingdom and spiritual leader of the Yoruba. We also visit the Oranmiyan staff and other historical sites in Osun state including the Osun Oshogbo shrine and groove, a UNESCO world heritage site. Overnight at Cameron Hotel or Ideal Nest Hotel or similar (B)

Day 4 – Idanre - Benin City - Okumu

After breakfast travel to Idanre hills before continuing to Benin City, where we will visit the royal palace of the Oba of Benin, a UNESCO listed heritage site, situated in the heart of the city. Built by Oba Ewedo (1255-1280AD), it was rebuilt by Oba Eweka (1914-1932) after the 1897 war.  Visit the Igun-Eronwon quarters, known as Igun street, home of the brass/bronze casting industries in Benin City and also a UNESCO listed heritage site, as well as visiting the Emotan statue, erected in honour of Emotan, a patriotic woman who traded food at the spot where the statue is standing. Visit Okomu National Park, nestled between 2 rivers with an abundance of wildlife. Overnight at Protea Hotel Select Emotan or similar (B)

Day 5 – Calabar

After breakfast depart to Calabar and visit Henshaw town, Duke tow, and the waterfront area. We will also visit the Calabar Museum, which concentrates on the history of the town, region and slavery. Overnight at Transcorp Hotel Calabar or similar (B)

Day 6 – Obudu

After breakfast travel to Obudu Mountain Resort, nestled on top of the mountain on a plateau at 1576m above sea level on the Oshie Ridge if the Sankwala Mountains. The temperate climate offers a total contrast and welcome respite from Africa’s tropical heat. Idyllic tranquillity, beautiful scenery and breathtaking views make it an ideal stop on our tour. Overnight Obudu Mountain resort or similar (B)

Day 7 – Obudu

Today is at leisure in Obudu. Overnight at Obudu Mountain Resort or similar (B)

Day 8 – Ilorin

Depart early for a long drive to Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State. During the drive we pass through some of the popular cities in Eastern Nigeria, such as Awka, Onitsha and Nsukka. Overnight at Kwara Hotel or similar (B)

Day 9 – Ilorin – Jebba – Lokoja

After breakfast visit the Esie Museum, the first museum in Nigeria, opened in 1945. It houses thousands of unique stone images found in 1775. Many myths surround the historical origin of these images which tell a lot about an older civilization. Travel to Jebba and visit the Mungo Park Cenotaph, a monument erected in memory of the activities of the explorer and located between the Jebba bridges. Continue to Lokoja and visit the World War Cenotaph, built in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War, then visit Lord Luggard’s residence and office, the first colonial Governor General of Nigeria. Overnight at Kwara Hotel or Suitoria Hotel or similar (B)

Day 10 –Gurara Falls – Abuja

Today depart to Gurar falls in Niger state. The continue to Abuja. En route to Abuja we have the opportunity to experience the life of the Nupe and Gwari tribes. Overnight at Nordic Villa Hotel or similar (B)

Day 11 - Abuja

Today explore Nigeria’s capital city. Overnight at Nordic Villa Hotel or similar (B)

Day 12 – Abuja

At leisure until your transfer to the airport. (B)

End of tour.