Nigeria isn’t considered to be a popular destination for most tourists. However, it’s one that you should visit and once you do, you’ll fall in love with its people, culture, and nature. Traveling to this part of Africa is less safe than most tourists are used to and some precautions need to be taken.
It’s also rather useful to have your own vehicle and drive on your own while in Nigeria. This gives you much more freedom to explore the country at your own pace.
Northern parts of the country aren’t considered safe and there are warnings issued by various governments, about their citizens visiting this part of Nigeria. There’s potential for civil unrest and violence. Most tourists, however, won’t deal with these, but they can experience petty crimes such as pickpocketing.
There’s also some risk of terrorist attacks in Nigeria that you should be aware of. Going alone is also not advised. It’s best to travel in the company of another person and not to gather in large groups. It’s also better not to roam the streets at night due to high crime rates, especially as foreign tourists may be targeted.
Tourists are advised not to use taxis and buses. There are a lot of scams perpetrated by taxi drivers and there’s no way of knowing what kind of driver you’re dealing with. At the same time, bus lines can be stopped by roadblocks and protests.
It’s best to get an international drivers license Nigeria, which authorities will recognize as legitimate. That means you need to have your national license with you as well. As long as they are both valid you’ll be able to drive in your own vehicle or the one you’ve rented.
There’s currently a wave of Covid cases in Nigeria as there is, in most countries in the world. Measures to stop the spread are in effect and foreigners will have to comply with them while visiting the country.
Other diseases may also be transmitted in Nigeria at the moment, which are much less common in other parts of the world. There are risks of getting yellow fever, Lassa fever, and malaria in different parts of the country. It’s important to make sure your vaccinations are up to date before leaving for Nigeria. Drink bottled water only during your trip.
The safest part of Nigeria is the capital Abuja. That’s where most foreigners are based including the diplomatic staff of most embassies. You’ll be safest in the capital regardless of where you’re from and the level of medical care will probably be best there.
Coastal areas of the country are to be avoided altogether since that’s where there’s the highest chance of getting kidnaped or otherwise hurt. The border with Niger is also unsafe due to a dispute about it.
There are so many amazing places to travel in the world, but sometimes the most overlooked destinations are also the most interesting and rewarding to visit. Nigeria is one of those places. It's a country with a rich culture and history, and it's full of beautiful landscapes and exciting attractions. If you're looking for an adventure, Nigeria is definitely worth considering. Even though there are risks involved when visiting Nigeria, taking precautions against those risks can still make the trip worth your while, as long as you do your best to stay safe.
"There is no country in the world with the diversity, confidence and talent and black pride like Nigeria." Binyavanga Wainaina.
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