3 Travel Facts You Need To Learn Before Visiting Nigeria

Are you already planning your next vacation yet you struggle to find a place that is worth visiting? Probably, you are missing to look at a geographical map. Just take a world map. You will surely see that there's so much to explore for you. For example, Africa is one of the most incredible continents for funny vacations, thrilling safari trips, cultural visiting to museums, and local ancient cities.

Traveling Through The African ContinentAbuja

If you love the history of Egypt, you may plan a vacation among pyramids, thousand-years old magnificent ruins of ancient villages in the desert… Or, if you like the actual taste of Africa, you may want to visit Nigeria. You'll find exceptional huge national parks where you'll even want to get lost!

In particular, Nigeria is one of those African countries that are approaching a deep modernization of their infrastructures yet keeping their local traditions. Nigeria is, therefore, a place full of contradiction as you can find modern skyscrapers on a hand, but you can also find poor villages without electricity or water on the other hand. However, the whimsical beauty of nature in Nigeria is something beyond any imagination. Postcard-beautiful sunsets fading underneath the horizon line, giant solitary trees in the wild savannah, the voice of traditional songs… it all sounds unique!

Getting Ready For Nigeria

Before you run to the nearest tour agency to buy a vacation package, you'd better get well-informed about the requirements you have to achieve to visit Nigeria. Besides, it's also important for all tourists to be sufficiently prepared to live on the spot, so they will know what to avoid and what to do in specific situations.

Get ready to learn more about your next travel destination, just take a pen and a paper:

  1. Entertainment
    This is one of the first things travelers look for when visiting a foreign country. Of course, you want to have fun… it's a vacation! However, differently than most modern countries, Nigeria can offer appreciable entertainment resources only in the largest metro areas like Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, and Lagos, Africa's largest city and the world's 4th largest city. If you are familiar with other countries, where entertainments are almost everywhere, you'll have to rethink your idea of free-time and nightlife. If you go to Japan, for example, you can enjoy 24/7 entertainment way more easily. Anyway, you can always join online entertainment resources or games to play. This Japanese sports betting venue is one of the most recommended in today's gaming industry as it offers 100% secure real-money betting options on a variety of sports, international championships, racing, boxing as well as endless cool casino games.

  2. HealthcareNigerian family
    If you're going to visit Nigeria, make sure to be compliant with health regulations. Nigerian laws require foreign tourists to have vaccinations against yellow fever. In case you don't have these vaccinations, you won't be allowed to enter the country, the local authorities will stop you at the airport.
    Consider that Nigeria has a tropical climate where Malaria is still a reality in the local healthcare environment. In the case of Malaria, the most used medicament is Chloroquine Phosphate. Usually, patients have to take this med once a week. Before you arrive in Nigeria, you have to be taking it for two weeks and you also have to continue taking the med throughout your stay in Nigeria, and for two extra weeks after getting back home.

  3. Currency
    The local currency in Nigeria is called "Naira" and it exists in different notes, like 5,10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500. You can bring as much money as you want even in your country's currency but you have to show any authorities a declaration where you state that you'll use your money for buying souvenirs and other things as a tourist. Make sure to remember that not all banks can change foreign currency, so before you arrive in Nigeria, make a list of banks where you are sure to get your foreign currency changed in Naira. Usually, banks are open to customers from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Mondays, while they are open from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm on the other days.

Keep also in mind that although the official language is English, Nigerian people don't always can speak it fluently. They speak dialects more often, especially in informal situations. It's not rare to see Nigerians who speak different dialects gesticulate to communicate with each other.

However, in Abuja you can find educated Nigerians who can speak English pretty well, so you won't have any difficulty.


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