Gap Years, Backpacking & Travelling in Nigeria

Nigeria is a large country with a huge population - around 163,000,000 people and when taking a holiday here you will get to experience the vibrant culture, a beautiful coast and also bustling cities with lots of things to keep you busy. Local people speak English which makes the whole experience easier and you are guaranteed an authentic experience when travelling here. 


Nigeria Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences

Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Nigeria.

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Nigeria Travel Guide

Get ideas, inspiration and travel information about visiting Nigeria.

  • Capital: Abuja
  • Government: Federal Republic
  • Currency: Naira (₦)
  • Country Size: 923,768 km2
  • Population: 154,729,000 (approx)
  • Language: English, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Fulani


Best Places to Visit in Nigeria

1. Lagos-State

Lagos is probably the most famous destination in Nigeria located in the western region of the country. Lagos is a busy place with energy, colour, people and busting activity. You will get to see local markets, tall houses, and also a diverse range of people from all walks of life.


2. Ekiti

This is a must visit destination for international tourists where you will get to see both warm and cold water. It is located at the south-west of Nigeria and most tourist groups visit this area.


3. South

The south of Nigeria is generally regarded as a place where people interested in doing business head due to the vast amounts of crude-oil which is located here. Nigeria generates most of its money from the oil in the south and you can learn more about this region and the people living/working here by visiting. Places to check out include Bayelsa and the delta river.


4. North

In the northern part of Nigeria you can experience local life due to the amount of farms located here. There is a is nomadic style farming system in the north of the country which raises cattle which is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 


Nigeria Gap Year

Does the idea of taking a gap year to Nigeria appeal to you? Wondering what you could do? Or need help planning a trip? View our directory.


Health & Safety

Be sure to visit your local GP at least 8 weeks before departure to check what vaccinations are needed (usually hepatitis A/B, polia, typhoid, yellow fever and if you are likely to come into contact with animals rabies). You will need to dress conservatively and light - this country has a warm climate all year round. 

Safety can be a concern in some areas of the country, if you take a break with a travel operator you shouldn't encounter any problems. Areas to be avoided include Lagos and the Niger delta - this is where the large oil companies operate and where there are sometimes problems. If you would like to see more of this country / region the safest way to get around is by an organised experience.


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