Kano is West Africa’s oldest city, founded over a thousand years ago. It is also the third largest city in Nigeria.
Kano used to serve as a major stopover point on the trade routes that stretched across the Sahara. In the Middle Ages, Kano was also a very important Islamic center.
It may be worthy to note that alcohol has been banned in Kano since 2004, as it is the capital of a sharia state. However, tourists who wish to enjoy an alcoholic drink or two may still avail of them at the upmarket bars and restaurants in the Christian Sabon Gari district.
Kano also hosts an annual Durbar Festival, a combined celebration of the two Muslim festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and the Eid al-Adha, which marks the hajj holy pilgrimage.
Yankari National Park
Yankari National Park is located 225 kilometers east of Jos. It is one of Nigeria’s most popular national parks for wildlife observation, with growing populations of baboons, bushbuck, waterbuck, and buffalo. Bird watching is also one of the major attractions of the park.
However, one of the best known characteristics of the Yankari National Park is the elephant population of around 500. The elephants can be seen roaming around freely, enjoying the natural habitat within the park.
If you wish to visit the Yankari National Park, the recommended months to do so is from November to May. During these months, before the rainy season comes, the animals usually satisfy their thirst by drinking from the waters of the Gaji River, where they all congregate.
Taking your own rented vehicle around the park is permitted, though there are safari trucks available for rent from the park authorities. Tourists who wish to take pictures with their cameras are required to pay a certain fee.
Lagos is known as Africa’s largest city. There are people, cars, and stores everywhere, making it a cramped – but very interesting – city.
It used to be a center for British politics; until 1991, it was Nigeria’s capital.
Today, Lagos is still an important cultural and economic hub of the country. The street life in Lagos is one of the most unique in the whole Western African region, due to its bustling music scene. The markets in Lagos never rest, with crowds of sellers and buyers looking for the best bargains.
Lagos may not appeal to everyone because of the immense congestion in the city. However, what Lagos offers to those interested to visit is a true urban African adventure – and in Nigeria, Lagos is probably one of the best cities where one can get this kind of experience.
Sukur Cultural Landscape
The Sukur Cultural Landscape provides a remarkably intact picture of a society established in the past. The culture of the area’s past inhabitants, both material and spiritual, is reflected in the Sukur Cultural Landscape.
Its terraced fields and sacred symbols found within them, not to mention the remains of an iron industry that once flourished in the region, speak of an interesting past.
The landscape has been unchanged for several centuries and shows how the inhabitants interacted with their environment. It also shows how the land was used by the people living in the settlements during the critical times of their existence.
In fact, the remnants of several furnaces for iron smelting are still found here. Bellows were used to blow on these furnaces, which were most often located near the homes of the owners. Tourists can also visit the remains of altars and shrines in the area.
The Sukur Cultural Landscape is located in a plateau in northeastern Nigeria, near the borders of the adjacent country of Cameroon. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
The Oguta Lake is a freshwater lake – the second largest in the country. It has been a fixture in Nigeria for thousands of years. Located within a rainforest area, it is a vital part of the livelihood of the people living in nearby areas.
The major attraction for tourists is the Oguta Lake Holiday Complex. The complex boasts of a full 18-hole golf course, a war relic in the form of a mini bunker, the Golf Club Bar House/Oguta Lake Motel, a recreational park for children, and cruise services for Oguta Lake.
There are a multitude of other recreational activities that can be found in the Oguta Lake Holiday Complex, most of which are water based. If you wish to get your share of fun in the water in a beautiful location, then the Oguta Lake should definitely be part of your itinerary.