Home to the highest population in Africa, the second longest bridge in Africa,as well as the biggest street party, the second largest movie producer and the largest diversity of butterflies in the world, Nigeria welcomes you into its land of superlatives. A country like no other, well endowed and well known all over the ends of the earth. Being the third most multilingual country in the world, it is clear why the country is bursting at the seams with rhythm and colour from all the cultures that coexist within its borders.Nigeria knows no bounds. It is the land of endless possibilities. From cascading waterfalls to towering mountain ranges, from golden sand dunes to sandy beaches and from tropical rainforest to city skyline, Nigeria’s gorgeous terrain gives your adventurous side the adrenaline packed vacation you have been yearning for. As you complete your quest for adventure in this majestic land, you are pulled into the naval of Nigeria’s local markets that stretch as far as the eye can see. Visit the new markets such as the Balogun Market to buy unique locally made fabrics and for the cherry on top, pay a visit to the old markets like Onitsha Main Market to buy handmade crafts. After all, a little visit to the market has never hurt anybody.If not for the dramatic landscape or for the riotous markets, visit Nigeria for its cheerful and witty citizens. Demographically, Nigeria is a powerhouse. There is one Nigerian in every five Africans. Its wealth in ethnicities, religions and languages is considered , in some instances, its greatest asset. Of course, each of the ethnic groups have something to bring to the table. Perhaps this is why days in Nigeria appear to be one big dinner party!

Why travel to Nigeria?

There is an abundance of parties and festivals. Parties can take place during weekdays and everyone is invited. The Calabar Carnival is the biggest festival in Nigeria,lasting for up to a month and hosting international artists. Other festivals include the annual Durbar Royal Horse Parade,which is the cultural highlight of Nigeria’s Islamic north, the occasional Masquerade festivals hosted by different ethnic groups and lastly the traditional weddings which are just as extravagant as the festivals. And of course, the flamboyance extends into Nigeria’s fashion scene.Naturally, such an abundance of festivals should be accompanied by a booming music scene. Out of the depths of this music scene, the world has been exposed to artists such as Akon and Burna Boy.

When you visit Nigeria, expect a generous serving of some of the most delicious cuisine. Open yourself up to trips to the local eateries known as the bukas. Expect a lot of spicy dishes and fresh fish. Introduce your taste buds to the tomato-based rice dish known as jollof rice, a party staple. Follow it up with the various succulent local fruits that Nigeria has to offer. These are not easily found outside of Nigeria and even in Africa. Examples include; tiger nuts, monkey cola and paw-paw, to name a few.

The best time to go to Nigeria is during the dry season from November to June. You are advised to be weary of the dusty Sahara winds during this time.

Commitment to sustainable tourism

Nigeria’s commitment to sustainable tourism is focused on domestic tourism. With Nigeria facing economic challenges, it seems impractical to Nigeria’s government to attempt to enhance international tourism without having addressed the issues at home.

For an international traveller especially, visiting Nigeria can be incredibly daunting due to the absence of infrastructure to sustain such an enormous population. While accomodation can be found, it is of a low standard and while activities are in abundance, the tourist is still subject to the inconveniences that come with poor roads and and general low maintenance of infrastructure thereby making it difficult to navigate the destination.

As it stands, as far as sustainable travel is concerned , only the business market in Nigeria is being attended to. Thus, the goal for responsible tourism is Nigeria is to lay the foundations of tourism through domestic travel. Only then can Nigeria reach its full potential in attracting international travellers. Sustainable tourism in Nigeria with an international market will enhance the quality of Nigerian life either directly, in the form of employment or indirectly, in the form of benefiting from a thriving economy.

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