Nigeria Travel, Tours, Gap Year & Volunteering
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.
Adventure Tours, Gap Year Trips & Volunteer Programs in Nigeria
Nigeria Travel Guide
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in 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
Here are some essential places to add to your Nigeria travel itinerary:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide.
Top reasons to book:
- Get an experienced guide
- See the best places
- Go off the beaten track to see locations difficult to reach
- Eat at the best local restaurants
- Enjoy a stress free journey
- Get an authentic local experience
Nigeria Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
On most tours you will travel overland in a private overland tour van. Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
Volunteer in Nigeria
There are lots of NGO's working to improve all areas of Nigerian society, from helping women, children, rural communities and impoverished rural towns and villages. Usually these organisations are understaffed and underfunded with no external help. Although Nigeria has one of the strongest economies on the continent and a huge population of over 163 million people, the largest in the whole of Africa and many live in poverty especially in rural areas.
Location of Projects
There are volunteer programs in the capital city Abuja and other more remote regions operated by international charities, governmental organisations and local NGO's. People with specific skills are really welcomed to apply and your experience will be put to good use on the ground. We highly recommending checking out the coastal towns and cities - this is a very relaxed destination. You might also like to view our volunteer programs in Cameroon - this is a neighboring country and a safer destination.
Community Development Programs
Poverty is a big problem in Nigeria and the average life expectancy is only 52 years. In rural areas healthcare facilities are lacking, either people have to travel miles to get treatment or the facilities are poor. Hospitals are often under-staffed but there are clinics and community centres run by charities which help local people.
You might want to help with HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention programs, this country has the second highest number of people infected with HIV and AIDS in the world and more needs to be done to help. There are approximately 3 million Nigerian nationals infected with the disease and there are projects working to help treat people and also stop further spread. You might get to work in a team raising awareness within communities about the importance of safe sex - this will leave a lasting legacy.
There are also educational programs available in Nigeria, you could teach and help in classrooms or even work in a management role to train local staff to improve their qualifications. Without international volunteers a lot of projects wouldn't exist. It is down to the donations and time thousands of volunteers spend every year that projects are able to help and improve education for local children.
By joining a project, you will not only provide services to others, but you'll also gain from a cultural experience in a unique destination. Visit our Africa volunteer page for more information.
How to Apply
You can enter and volunteer in Nigeria on a tourist visa, on arrival you might be required to show a valid passport, return plane tickets and proof of funds. Most placements do not require any previous experience but some organisations specifically place skilled professionals in certain roles. Nigeria is a safe destination which has got a bad reputation in the media, be sure to check latest safety information before booking though. The language barrier might be an issue in this destination, there are hundreds of local languages and its a good ideas to take a phrase book. The in-country staff will be able to speak English though. This is an experience which will stay with you forever!