FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about Nigeria…we have answered them so start planning your trip…

 

Where Is Nigeria?

Nigeria is located in the western part of Africa. It sits right on the Atlantic Ocean and it shares borders with Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north.

 

Where Can I Book A Hotel?

Visit our homepage and in the Hotels section, click BOOK NOW.

 

Where Can I Book Flights?

You can book flights direct from our homepage.

 

How Many People Live In Nigeria?

Nigeria has one of the fastest growing populations. Estimate as at August 2018 is 198million – Source.

 

What Language Is Spoken In Nigeria?

English is the official language. However, you will hear ‘Pidgin English’ spoken on the streets of Nigeria.

Nigeria has diverse languages and as you move around the country so will the local language change but above all, most people will speak English.

 

What Are The Major Religions In Nigeria?

Christianity and Islam.

Christianity is majorly in the south and Islam is majorly in the North. Apart from these, traditional religious practice still takes place across the country.

 

What Is Nigeria’s Capital City?

Abuja. Lagos was the capital until 1991 so it is still the financial capital of the country.

 

What Major Cities Are There In Nigeria?

Lagos in the Southwest. Port Harcourt in the South East. Kano in the North. Abuja in the centre.

 

When Is The Best Time To Visit Nigeria?

The 12months in Nigeria is broadly split into Dry and Rainy seasons.

Dry Season usually runs from around October to February in the South and from October to May in the North. There are loads to do and see during this season as the sky stays dry and activities go unhindered by rain.

Wet Season usually runs from around March to September in the South and from June to September in the North.

Depending on what the purpose of your visit is, you can plan based on the above weather conditions. To see the beautiful Nigerian waterfalls, it is advisable to visit during the rainy season as this is when the falls come down in their glory!

 

What Is The Average Temperature In Nigeria?

Approximately 28 °C (82.4 °F) – The country is warm all year round.

 

What Is Electricity Supply Like In Nigeria?

It is intermittent. If you stay in a hotel, they will have a standby electricity generator to kick in once power goes out. Most homes have a generator so if you are visiting friends/families then you’ll likely have power. Due to the cost of these generators, not every home has them so if you are visiting a more rural part of the country, it is likely you will have moments of power outage without generator back-ups.

 

Is It Safe To Drink Nigerian Tap Water?

It is advisable to drink bottled water instead.

 

What Are The Common Shopping Hours?

Most shops are open from 9am – 5pm, but some may stay open later and there are many that open at the weekend too.

 

How Late Are Bars, Pubs & Nightclubs Open?

Most bars and pubs stay open till midnight while nightclubs will be open longer.

 

What Is The Legal Drinking Age In Nigeria?

18.

 

May I Know More About Mosquitoes?

Mosquito bites must be treated immediately. When travelling to Nigeria, it is advisable to sleep using mosquito nets. If you feel ill at any time, consult a medical practitioner as soon as possible.

 

What Is The International Dialling Code For Nigeria?

+234.

 

What Type Of Electrical Adaptor Will I Need?

Types D and G. Plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type G is the plug which has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.

 

What Currency Can I Spend In Nigeria?

Naira.

 

Do I Need To Tip?

Although there isn’t a big tipping culture in Nigeria, it is quite common to tip in restaurants or taxis when you receive good service.

 

What Kind Of Food Will I Find In Nigeria?

Nigerian cuisine consists of dishes or food items from the hundreds of ethnic groups across the country. We use spices and herbs with palm or groundnut oil to create deeply flavoured sauces and soups. Nigerian feasts are colourful and lavish, while aromatic market and roadside snacks cooked on barbecues or fried in oil are plentiful and varied.

Eating local is very important in Nigeria and you’ll find lots of restaurants that proudly serve dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. What could be better than trying a mouth-watering new dish in the place where the ingredients were farmed?

 

What Is Nigeria’s National Dish?

Jollof rice.

 

Many other countries in West Africa have claimed to make the best jollof rice but we will let you be the judge of that. The Nigerian jollof is something you won’t and can’t miss on your visit to Nigeria.

 

What Other Traditional Dishes Will I Find In Nigeria?

Due to the diversity of the country, there are countless traditional dishes across the country depending on where you are so to enjoy this variety of delicacy you need to move around the country and get your taste bud alive!

 

Where Can I Buy Local Produce?

You can get these from your local market or head into a supermarket. For the freshest produce, your local market is your best bet. What more, you also get to meet with the locals, mingle with them and feel raw Nigerian vibes.

 

What Kind Of Drink Will I Find In Nigeria?

You will generally find international brands in the country; furthermore, you will find local brands such as Star, Gulder etc.

We recommend having a taste of palm wine before leaving Nigeria. That is the local traditional alcoholic drink and has been so for decades in the country.

 

What Can I Wear In Nigeria?

As a result of globalisation, you can wear whatever you wear in your part of the world in Nigeria. Care must be taken though when travelling through the North to ensure you respect the local customs and dress appropriately.

We will recommend you get your hands on some Ankara wear, this is a traditional wear in Nigeria that is now being re-fashioned for the 21st century.

 

Will My SIM Card Work In Nigeria?

Best to check with the service provider in your home country before coming to Nigeria.

 

Can I Get A SIM Card In Nigeria?

Yes and this can make international calls.

 

Is There Wi-Fi in Nigeria?

Yes. Various restaurants, cafes, hotels etc. have free Wi-Fi for customers.

 

Do I Need Travel Insurance Before Visiting?

As with any international travel, this is advised.

 

Do I Need Vaccination Before My Travel?

Visit your local health practice to get advice.

 

Is There An Emergency Number In Nigeria?

Yes. 112.

 

Can I Drive In Nigeria?

Yes, if you have an international driver’s licence. Note, Nigeria drives on the right hand side.

 

Can I Use My Mobile Phone While Driving?

No you cannot.

 

Where Can I Get The Nigerian Naira?

You can get this at the airport on arrival. You can also use your cards in Nigeria.