Most travelers avoid Nigeria because of its unflattering reputation on the international level. Still, the great ethnic and cultural diversity as well as the economic and demographic importance of this country are among the features that make it a special destination. After many trips to this giant of Africa, the LOANATRAVEL experts have put together an ethnocultural trip that shows the more humanistic and culturally rich aspects of Nigeria.
Note: This itinerary is but an example, the final word is always up to the traveler, whose expectations will be entirely taken into account.
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LAGOS
Given the hour of arrival, we will go out in the evening to the Fêla Shrine to attend a live Afro Beat concert. Night at the Hotel Ibis.
DAY 2: LAGOS – BADAGRY
Excursion through the mega-city of Lagos. Visit to the Lagos Museum. We will then go on to Lagos Island to visit the Floating School, as well as the Shitta Bey Mosque. Afterwards, we will go to the Lekki Conservation Center for an immersion in nature. In the evening, we will head toward Badagry. Night at the Soketta Hotel.
DAY 3: VISIT TO BADAGRY
The entire day will be devoted to visiting this historic city. An excursion in dugout canoe will bring us to the gate of no return. After, we will comb through the vestiges of the city’s colonial past.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE FOR IBADAN
Ibadan is one of the largest cities in Nigeria. Here the Yoruba tradition is present in all aspects of daily life. We will visit the Babalawo (the Ifa spiritual chief) for a session explaining Yoruba rites and customs.
DAY 5: ABEOKOUTA
The capital of Ogun State, Abeokuta is a city marked by colonization. A number of Afro-Brazilian buildings can still be seen. After an excursion into the Oluma mountains, the spiritual temple of Yoruba animism, we will go on to the juju market where all sorts of animals and other materials are stocked for the preparation of an amulet or a ritual. Night at the Suit Hotel.
DAY 6: IDANRE
Our circuit will lead us to another Yoruba city. Excursion into the sacred mountains of the city. We will then be able to go hiking through the surrounding savanna to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. Night at the Rock Valley Hotel.
DAY 7: OSHOGBO
This stage in learning about Yoruba tradition will bring us to one of the orisha (Vodou) temples, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will explore the large forest reserve full of monkeys and birds of every sort. Night at the White Plain Suites & Towers.
DAYS 8 AND 9: DEPARTURE FOR BENIN CITY
The reputation and wealth of the kingdom of Benin City comes from the art of its bronze age. Meeting with the caste of bronze workers. We will then go to the Ebohon Cultural Center where the curator will show us the secrets of the plants and animals. We will meet the Yoruba chief of the griots for some cultural exchanges. Night at the Excalibur Benin Hotel.
DAY 10: MINNA
A long journey from Benin City to Niger State. Given the time of arrival, we will visit a Gwari village. It’s a village of traditional architects who specialize in the construction of adobe lofts. Night at the Gurara Suites Hotel.
DAY 11: ARRIVAL IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL OF ABUJA
We will settle into the hotel Nanet Suites and then set out for an in-depth excursion through the capital. Abuja is one of the most modern African capitals. It is also the center for films made in Africa (Nollywood).
DAY 12: DEPARTURE
End of the trip and return home.