It’s understandable if you assume the jungle as one of the top reasons to visit Nigeria; it is after all, its main attraction. And with a landscape that is composed of waterfalls, savannahs, rain forests and other geological wonders, it is hard to deny that tourists cannot expect more out of the visit than being one with Mother Earth. Those who are interested to explore the local wildlife and other natural point of interests will certainly have a good time in this historical place. But it should be highlighted that the country is also a huge exporter of gas and oil products. And as such, those looking to establish businesses would certainly learn a lot from surveying the area. Nigeria shares a western border with Benin.
But first thing’s first, Nigeria is a country in Africa that is comprised of 36 states and is being moderated by a federal regime. Its name was taken from the Niger River, which runs through the nation and supplies most of its inhabitants. It was colonized by the British up until the early 20th century, until it was given its freedom. But it has undergone many rough patches over the years, mainly divisive civil wars and disputes over its natural resources, that has earned it a little less appealing reputation, politically and socially.
But as far as tourism goes, it is a developing icon. And one of the top reasons to visit Nigeria has always been its national parks. There are currently 8 in existence – Yankari, Chad Basin, Cross River, Old Oyo, Okomu, Kamuku, Kainji and Gashaka-Gumti. And they all feature African Bush elephants, lions, waterbucks, African buffalos, hippopotamuses, different types of baboons and monkeys, as well as several migrating bird species.
And you also have the Zuma Rock, which is a large monolith located in Niger State, along the main road from Abuja to Kaduna. It is one of the many treasures in the country that is depicted in their currency. And its 725 meter height is certainly something to behold. Other points of interest in this city are the Ship House Defense Quarters, Millennium Park, Gurara Falls, National Church of Nigeria and Abuja National Mosque.
As closing to this short feature on the top reasons to visit Nigeria, people are also encouraged to visit the Institute of African Studies in Ibadan and see the remarkable pre-historic bronze carvings and statues they feature. And while there, check out the local University’s zoo and botanical garden. You should also drop by the first skyscraper in Africa, the Cocoa House, which is conveniently located in the same city and the Bower Memorial Tower, which provides a panoramic view of the Ibadan skyline.