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24/03/2023
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Discovering Nigeria

Nigeria, located in the Gulf of Guinea, is a country with a coastline of about 900 km on the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Niger in the north, Chad in the north-east, Cameroon in the east and Benin in the west. Nigeria is Africa’s economic giant and one of the continent’s leading oil producers, with most of its oil fields in the Niger Delta.

Geographically, there is a big difference between the arid north of the Sahel, clearly marked by the culture of Islam and its powerful emirates, and a south of great traditional kingdoms in the damp and lushly vegetated coastal regions.

For the seasoned traveller on the African continent, Nigeria is a particularly interesting destination. Our journey begins in Lagos, a city of over 20 million inhabitants, full of contrasts. Lakes could be defined as a reflection of the whole country, where the Makoko Lakes area co-exists with the ostensible areas of Victoria Island.

In short, a trip to Nigeria has all the components to be an intense and impactful experience for the traveller entering the destination. Its active present and its historical past have shaped the idiosyncrasies of a people who are extremely welcoming to outsiders.

Duration of the trip

14 Days

Start of the trip

24/03/2023

End of trip

05/04/2023

Value of the trip

2385€

Flight prices

670€

Included

  • Transfers in and out.
  • Transfers throughout the tour with English speaking car and driver.
  • Guide by Spanish-speaking travel partner
  • Accommodation in hotel, according to the itinerary.
  • AD (bed and breakfast).
  • Visits and excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Assistance at destination.
  • Travel insurance Classic Plus

Not included

  • International flights. (We can help with the purchase of these. Just let us know at the time of booking).
  • Visa (the agency will arrange the visa regime).
  • Dicas e extras pessoais
  • Meals not specified in the programme, drinks.
  • PCR tests, if required for travel.
  • Any service not specifically indicated in the included services section will be considered as a NOT included service.
Itinerary

Day 1Origin - Lagos

International flight to Lagos. Arrival at the end of the day and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation at the Wishpering Palms Hotel. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 2Lagos - Badagry

With over 20 million inhabitants, the economic capital of the most populous country in Africa is, without doubt, a place that will not leave us indifferent. Lagos, named after the first Europeans who arrived in the region because it is located in an area of lagoons, has one of the most important seaports in the Gulf of Guinea. Although originally a Yoruba settlement, it is now a cosmopolitan city and an important business centre.

We will visit the well-known suburb of Makoko, also called the floating city. This suburb was originally a neighbourhood of fishermen who emigrated from Benin and today it is a crowded neighbourhood where the population continues to exploit the maritime and logging resources. Afro-Brazilian architecture in the popular Balogun neighbourhood, the National Museum and the beaches of Victoria Island give a partial view of one of the most populous coastal cities in the world.

We will stay in Ikeja district, near Murtala Muhammed International Airport. We drive to Badagry where we will spend the night.

Overnight at the Wishpering Palms Hotel. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 3Badagry - Abekouta

After lunch, we will take a tour of the coastal town of Badagry, which was one of the historic enclaves for the slave trade in West Africa. The slavery museum, the door of no return and the Brazilian barracks will illustrate this dark past of human trade.

We will proceed to Abeokuta, a Yoruba town north of Lagos.

Overnight at the Continental Suits Hotel. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 4Abekouta - Idanre

We will spend the morning exploring Abeokuta. The city has good examples of Afro-Brazilian architecture, as well as an interesting fetish market.

We will ascend Olumo Rock, a sacred place for the Yoruba people and a natural stronghold for the Egba people in the past.

Overnight stay at Rock Valley Hotel. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 5Idanre

We will spend a full day exploring the Idanre Hills and walk across the plateau in search of some of the sacred sites that are still preserved.

The Owa Palace and shrines are located in a mysterious and unknown place, immersed in a natural environment with its own ecosystem.

Overnight stay at Rock Valley Hotel. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 6Idanre - Oshogbo

Day transfer to Oshogbo from Idanre. We will stop for lunch on the way before reaching our destination. Oshogbo is the capital of Osun State and has long been a spiritual centre of Yoruba culture.

We will visit the sacred Osun-Oshogbo forest on the outskirts of the city. This site, surrounded by the Osun River, is one of the last remaining pockets of primary forest in southern Nigeria and has become a symbol of Yoruba culture. The forest, considered the abode of Osun, the goddess of fertility, is home to several sculptures by Austrian artist Susanne Wegner, created in the 1950s. These sculptures dedicated to the deities give this forest a very special and personal atmosphere.

Accommodation at the White Plain Hotel. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 7Oshogbo - Ilorin - Mokwa

Before we bid farewell to the village of Oshogbo, we will visit the house where Susanne Wegner lived. Some of his adopted daughters live there. This will give us an opportunity to learn more about this woman’s curious story.

We continue our route north and reach the village of Ilorin, where we stop for lunch. Ilorin is a clear example of the transition between the north and the south of the country. It is a Yoruba-majority city, ruled by an ethnic Fulani emir.
We will visit the palace of the Emir and, whenever possible, we will meet him or one of his advisors.

80 km from Ilorin, heading north, we will reach the small town of Jebba, on the banks of the Niger River. Jebba is home to the Nupe people, who live partly from fishing.
The great metal bridge built by the British over the River Niger has been forgotten by a modern bridge over which we will cross.
We will stop and ask the local leader for permission to visit the memorial of the explorer Mungo Park, who was obsessed with finding the sources of the mysterious Niger River.

We will continue our route to the town of Mokwa, where we will spend the night.

Overnight at the Hotel Mokwa. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 8Mokwa - Zuru

We leave Mokwa after breakfast towards the small village of Bambafu, where we divert eastwards along a bumpy track. We will stop for lunch in a small village called Ngasky, and from there we will continue our route until we reach the small village of Rijau.

This is the territory of the Kamberi and Dukawa ethnic groups, but the majority of the population is of the Hausa ethnic group, dominant in the north of the country. We will stop in the market area for a short walk before continuing on to Zuru, 30km away, where we will spend the night.

Overnight at the Hotel Lelna. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 9Aldeias Dukawa

We will spend the day visiting and learning about the culture of the Dukawa ethnic group. This ethnic group, a minority in northern Nigeria, lives in small villages in Sokoto and Kontagora provinces. They are mainly involved in agriculture, although fishing and pottery are also part of their daily activities.
The vernacular architecture of its villages is among the best preserved in West Africa.

Women and men from Dukawa have been practising the art of tattooing and scarification on face and body until recent times. However, the influence of Islam and Christianity has been changing the aesthetic values of the Dukawa people, and the practice of tattooing or scarifying their skins is fading. We will meet with some of the Dukawa leaders in the region, with whom we can gather information about their tradition and lifestyle.

Overnight at the Hotel Lelna. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 10Kamberi Villages

This day will be spent visiting and learning about the culture of the Kamberi people.
First thing in the morning, we headed to the palace to talk to the local leaders and in particular the King of the Kamberi. We will not be able to start our journey until we get your approval.

In the vicinity of Rijau, we will find the Kamberi villages. These are scattered in small clusters of mud-brick houses and barns in a terrain dotted with baobabs, which gives them a unique and special attraction.

The Kamberi cling to their animist tradition and are mainly farmers. Women continue to keep facial and body tattoos despite attempts by local authorities to stop the practice. The young Kamberi girls take special care with their aesthetics and adorn their hair with small metal pieces, bracelets and plastic beads, which also form part of their clothing. Young people wear their best clothes when they go to the local markets scattered around the region.

Accommodation at Hotel Lelna. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 11Zuru - Argungu - Sokoto

After 5 hours (half the journey on a bad road), we arrived in Argungu where we had lunch.

After lunch we leave the city centre to enter an area of cultivated fields fed by the Damdeï river, a small tributary of the Sokoto river. The fishermen of this area, mainly from the Hausa ethnic group, use a curious traditional fishing system with nets and gourds. For more than 90 years a festival has been held in March to commemorate the kindness of the Sultan of Sokoto, to whom the population offered the best fish as a token of gratitude.

Later we will visit the Kanta Museum in Argungu, built in 1831. The museum is divided into eleven sections and has a remarkable collection of weapons, consisting of amulets, spears, swords, wood, stones, bows and arrows, local rifles and even drums. The ancient architectural beauty of the museum is maintained with minimal renovation and reconstruction and retains its historic charm. The museum is also the royal tomb, as it houses a large proportion of the emirs of the Kebbi kingdom.

Transfer to Sokoto and accommodation at the Dankani Guest Palace hotel. S.O. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 12Sokoto - Zaria

We leave Sokoto early for Zaria, one of the most important towns in Kaduna State.

Zaria, originally surrounded by walls and fortresses, has historically been a stopping point for caravans of traders heading to North Africa. We will visit the palace of the Emir, located in the old part of the city, known as Birnin Zazzau.

Later, we will stroll through the Zaria Old Market area, with narrow lanes lined with vendors selling all kinds of goods.

Overnight at the Emerald Hotel. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 13Zaria - Abuja

We left Zaria heading south on the Road to Abuja. The Nigerian capital is home to the headquarters of most government agencies in the country. Abuja is a recent and modern capital, created in the 1970s with the idea of being a neutral and well-organised territory after the many ethnic problems the country had suffered.

The city of Abuja is located in the centre of the country, near the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers, in a savannah region. On the outskirts of the city, there are two large monoliths: Rocha Zuma and Rocha Aso.

From there we will transfer to the airport to return home.

Day 14Arrival at your place of origin

End of trip. We hope to see you soon on new trips.

Important Notes
Flights
Health and Vaccines
Documentation
Security
Personalised Advice
Payment Methods
Responsibility

Price based on a group of 6 people. Minimum group size 6 people, maximum 10.

Supplement for groups of 4 or 5 people: 490€ per person.

Single room supplement: 375€

Extra night in Abuja or Lagos: 90€

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Soft bag (do not carry a hard case).

Small backpack for hiking.

Cotton clothes.

Lantern.

Binoculars (wildlife).

Sun hat.

Sunglasses.

Mosquito repellent.

Small personal first aid kit.

Swimwear.

Rain jacket for occasional rain.

Sweatshirt (warm jacket for cold nights on the plateau).

Hiking shoes covered.

Slippers.

Shower towel.

Triskelion Expeditions and our partner in this journey carefully design each of the routes we offer, adapting at all times to the needs of the traveller.

However, due to the particularities of the country, it is possible that these itineraries may be subject to variations in your itinerary and places to visit. Changing weather conditions, the state of the road network or tribal disputes in certain areas may modify some of the planned schedules and itinerary.

Approximate cost of flight: 670€

The value of the flight corresponds to a survey carried out in November 2022, it may vary when a new quote is submitted.

If you wish to buy the flight with Triskelion Expeditions, please inform us at the time of booking so that we can help you with the purchase of the flights

Triskelion Expeditions, informs that it is compulsory to carry out the traveller’s consultation, since the vaccination bulletin will be requested at the entrance of the territory.

For the traveller’s consultation, we recommend the Company Traveller’s Consultation Online, with whom we work and who will allow you to have a 5% discount on the consultation fee.

Health professionals will offer general advice on health and hygiene in tropical environments, as well as advice specific to the area in which you are travelling.

Planning consultations and possible vaccinations is the responsibility of the traveller.

It is the responsibility of the traveller to carry all necessary travel documents. A visa is required for entry into the country. To obtain a visa, you must have a passport with enough pages for the visa stamp and valid for at least 6 months when leaving the country.

The local operator will request the necessary contact details from all its travellers in order to respond quickly to any incident that may arise during the stay.

For further information: https://portaldascomunidades.mne.gov.pt

Triskelion Expeditions and its partner on this trip, are committed to providing personalised advice to its travellers when contracting its services.

We will provide a list of the gear needed for the route, advice on how to put together a small travel kit, recommendations on suitable photographic equipment for the country, etc.

Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have while preparing your trip.

A minimum payment of 30% of the trip value is required to confirm the reservation.

The traveller chooses at the time of booking whether to pay for the whole trip or 30%.

The remaining amount must be paid at least 45 days before the travel start date.

The remaining 70% of the value of the trip can be paid in instalments up to 60 days before the beginning of the trip.

We are convinced that this trip will be an unforgettable experience for the travellers, an intense process of learning and cultural exchange and an exciting immersion in African culture and society.

Triskelion Expeditions and its partner on this trip, consider it to be our responsibility as tour operators to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental) and co-existence with local populations. These values should prevail in all your travels.

Similarly, we must ensure that the impact of travel is in no way negative for the country and its people. Together, we can contribute to the sustainable development of the African people.

Finally, it is very important for Triskelion Expeditions and its partner on this trip to contribute to the economic strengthening and development of the country. It is therefore important that our clients know that we constantly do our bit by hiring local staff (guides, drivers, cooks, boatmen, etc.) and all kinds of services (accommodation, catering or specialist guides), always ensuring respectful treatment and fair and dignified remuneration.

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