Rejser til Nigeria

Nigeria er ikke, hvad man forbinder med et normalt turistmål, og det er meget forskelligt fra andre lande, selv nabolandene i Vestafrika. En rejse til Nigeria er en lektion i mangfoldighed. Landet strækker sig fra de gamle islamiske byer i Sahel i nord til de dampende floder i Nigerdeltaet med over 250 forskellige etniske grupper inden for dets grænser.

Landet har et frygtindgydende ry, og det er kun lidt besøgt af rejsende, men dem, der besøger Nigeria, nævner det ofte som en af deres foretrukne destinationer. Det er ikke for sarte sjæle.

Nigeria giver et perfekt indblik i et land, der har et langt værre ry end det fortjener, og for dem der er klar til at acceptere livets kompleksitet i Afrikas folkerigeste nation, så er en rejse hertil en fantastisk introduktion til Nigerias komplekse charme.

Oplev Kamberistammens kultur, lær om de traditionelle overbevisninger, besøg de blomstrende markeder og se resterne af gamle civilisationer. Besøg Badagry, der var en af de store slavehavne i Guineabugten og kom forbi de gamle emirater, der var herskende, før europæerne havde fået øje på kontinentet.

Der er ingen tvivl – Nigeria venter på at vise sin bedste side frem.

Grupperejse 1 ► Nigeria - Opdag Nigeria

Generel information om grupperejser i Nigeria

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Nigeria foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Nigeria.

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Trip Summary

Nigeria is one of the last gaps on the traveller’s map of Africa, a vast country which is exciting to some, daunting to many. With a shaky international reputation, this diverse land is often ignored by visitors to West Africa, but one cannot say that one truly knows the region without knowing Nigeria. Explore Lagos, Africa’s biggest urban centre, visit the Yoruba Kingdoms in the Southwest and the unique Juju markets, learn about the dramatic history behind the slave port of Badagry, meet and the Kamberi and Dukkawa, tattooed Animist dwellers of the Niger northern plains, the Gwari adobe architects, and the Fulani cattle herders, proud nomads of the Sahel. The tour ends in Abuja, Nigeria’s modern Federal Capital, a synthesis of what Nigeria wants to project to the rest of the world. This is a truly pioneering trip and not for everyone – Nigeria is not an ordinary holiday destination and all clients must be prepared for testing conditions and facilities. Corruption is endemic and petty theft common. Despite all of the well documented problems, for those keen to explore this intriguing land, this tour is a great introduction to its complex charms.

Fitness**** | Adventure***** | Culture**** | History*** | Wildlife*

Day 1 – Lagos

Arrive in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. You will be met and transferred to your nearby hotel. A meeting with your guide and a chat about your tour will be held this evening. Overnight Ibis Hotel or similar

Not Nigeria’s capital city but certainly its busiest, Lagos has a reputation that precedes it. One of the largest cities in Africa, Lagos is alive and vibrant, with maddening traffic and a sense of organized chaos that can sometimes be overwhelming. However if you put your preconceptions aside, and exercise a little common sense, the city soon reveals itself to be an utterly fascinating place. Separated into different sections by creeks and rivers running between the lagoon and the sea, Lagos is the cultural capital of Nigeria and its economic powerhouse, with skyscrapers dotting the skyline of the business district, in complete contrast to the shanty towns of other parts of the city – more than anywhere else in the country, it is where the rich and poor rub shoulders on a daily basis. Lagos was annexed by the British in 1861 and became capital of the colony in 1914, losing its status to purpose-built Abuja in 1991. It is well known for its hectic night life and is the centre of Nigeria’s thriving music industry as well as its film industry, known as ‘Nollywood’.

As a previous colonial capital, Lagos has many old buildings dating back from the British era as well as some of Africa’s busiest markets, some of which sell animal parts used in traditional medicines – not necessarily for the faint hearted. Lagos is however not especially safe to venture out in alone after dark, and high levels of poverty have nurtured a significant criminal class, giving it a reputation as one of Africa’s most crime ridden cities – we recommend that you follow your tour leader’s advice in this respect.

Day 2 – Badagry

A morning tour around Lagos. We cross Lagos Island long bridge to see the pile-dwellings from above. Visit the National Museum with great Nigerian art and ethnographic objects (Benin bronzes, Yoruba masks, Nok terracottas, Ibo shrines). We take lunch near the museum before a tour around the Afro-Brazilian quarter where the majority of the slave trade returnees from Brazil settled. We leave this mega-city and drive the 45kms to the Benin border where Badagry, one of the major slave ports in the Gulf of Guinea existed. We arrive in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel where you can enjoy the swimming pool. Overnight at the Bed Rock Hotel or similar (B)

Founded in the early 15th century on a lagoon off the Gulf of Guinea, its favourable location meant that the town became key port in the export of slaves to the New World, mainly to Salvador and Bahia in Brazil. The international suppression of the slave trade from the mid 19th century meant that Badagry declined significantly, with slavery here finally being abolished in 1886. In 1863, the town was annexed by the United Kingdom and incorporated into the Lagos colony. In 1901, it became a part of Nigeria. Badagry subsists largely on fishing and agriculture, and has a small museum of slavery as well as the remains of the former slave market, and a number of colonial buildings including Nigeria’s first two storey building.

Day 3 – Badagry & Abeokuta

Explore Badagry for an insight into Nigeria’s history of slavery. Badagry was an important town for the export of slaves from the interior, and today the town is home to a number of monuments bearing witness to this heritage, which we will visit. .After lunch ,we will drive to Abeokuta (approx 4hrs) an important historical city of the Yoruba country, arriving in the late afternoon and check-in to our hotel. End the day with drinks at a nearby terrace with some good African music. Overnight at the Continental Suites Hotel or similar (B)

Day 4 – Abeokuta & Idanre

Visit Abeokuta’s old quarter with great Afro-Brazilian architecture to be admired. Walk along the old streets and meet the local people. The city’s most important point is Oluwo Rock, where local myth and legends say that the Egba people hid during the tribal wars. Rituals still happen here and it also offers a great view of Abeokuta. From the rock we will descend to the Juju (fetish) market for an introduction to Yoruba Animistic religion and traditional medicine. After lunch we drive to Idanre (approx 4hrs) arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight at the Rock Valley Hotel or similar (B)

Idranre Hills
Oke Idanre, or Idanre Hills, are made up of plains, valleys and mountains up to 1000 metres high and the region is dotted with cultural sites including palaces, shrines and burial mounds and an ancient town. Populated until the 1920s, since the people moved off the hills the flora and fauna have remained relatively undisturbed and include hyrax, rare monkeys and bats, for which a festival is held each year. This area also hosts other festivals, notably the Ogun festival which is celebrated on top of the hills, and the Ije festival which lasts seven days. The area is home to several caves, which are said to hold spiritual significance to the local people, as well as sacred springs, and is a lush and beautiful area to explore.

Day 5 – Idanre & Oshogbo

After an early breakfast we take an excursion to the old Idanre village and Royal palace, abandoned in 1923. There are spectacular views and we will visit the sacred shrine where the traditional festivities are celebrated every October. The flora and fauna of the hills in this region is also unique. The mountains caves are home to thousands of bats and the people hold the unique Orosun festival of bats every year (May). We depart for a 3 hour drive to Oshogbo, Yoruba-land’s major spiritual centre after lunch. There is an introduction to the Yoruba religion by visiting the Sacred Forest and the Shrine of Oshun (Yoruba goddess or Orisha who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy). Inside the forest one can appreciate the intricate artisan carvings. Each year the Shrine is the site of a huge festival to honour the Goddess of the Waters and Fertility. Oshogbo is also famous for its art schools and numerous galleries. To top the day we visit a contemporary Orisha temple and meet a Yoruba priest. Overnight at the Heritage Hotel or similar (B)

Day 6 – Oshogbo & Ilorin

Today we will meet local artisans and artists before our 2 hour drive to Ilorin, the first big Muslim city that we will encounter on this trip. The city boasts the biggest traditional pottery workshops in Nigeria. Overnight at the Bovina Hotel (B)

The city of Ilorin is a confluence of cultures, populated by Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Nupe, Baruba, other Nigerians and foreign nationals. The indigenous people’s culture is predominantly Islamic, and most of the Islamic festivals are greatly celebrated here compared with elsewhere in the country. Many ceremonial activities, mostly with religious aspects, take place in the city throughout the year. Apart from the exotic atmosphere we can admire some interesting examples of Islamic architecture such as the central mosque and the Emir’s palace. Pottery is big business in Ilorin. Also thriving is the traditional textile industry. In various parts of the city, Aso-Oke, the wonderful textiles which are hand-woven on simple looms are made in large quantities.

Day 7 – Ilorin, Jebba & Kontagora

A morning visit to Ilorin’s old quarter before a drive to Jebba. Stop at the Fulani cattle camp and meet this semi-nomadic tribe. Some of the older women still present fine facial and body tattoos. We may be able to greet the local chief and then continue to Jebba where we cross the Niger River. We have lunch and a visit to the fishing quarter on the shores of the Niger River. This is the historic site where Scottish explorer Mungo Park was killed by the local tribes in 1806 when they confused him with an Arab slave trader (after many weeks without a decent shave Mr. Park looked ‘threating’). After the visit we continue with our drive to Kontagora, a remote Emirate where Sharia law reigns. Overnight at the Safara Hotel or similar (B)

Day 8 – Kamberi Country

Today we will drive to Kamberi tribal territory. We stop in the first Kamberi compounds as introduction to their culture. The Kamberi still follow their Animistic religion, the customs of tattooing and lip piercing, and the traditional adobe architecture. Around Guenú village other Kamberi clans will be visited. The local guide will explain aspects of the Kamberi culture and we will be able to ask questions and interact with them. This is a unique experience visiting people who very rarely see westerners and live largely outside of mainstream Nigeria, and is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.

Overnight under the stars on a foam mattress – if it rains we will shelter inside a hut. (BLD)

Please note that conditions while camping will be basic – this is one of the most remote parts of Nigeria.

Day 9 – Dukkawa country

Farewell from our Kamberi hosts and we drive back to the main road to visit another ethnic group known as Dukku or Dukkawa. Their culture is similar to that of the Kamberi but their architecture, and body decoration (tattoos and dress) is different. Depending on the day of the week we might visit a market if possible. We drive to Dukku sacred village and meet the local chief and get to know about the Dukkawa culture and daily lives. In this area Fulani nomadic camps can be spotted.

Overnight in the middle of a Dukku village under the stars (BLD)

Please note that conditions while camping will be basic – this is one of the most remote parts of Nigeria.

Day 10 – Kontagora

A morning excursion on foot to visit other Dukkawa villages. We say farewell to our Dukkawa hosts and return to Kontagora (approx. 4 hours) where a refreshing shower and cold drinks will be waiting for us. An afternoon city tour to visit the mosque, the market and end the day in a bar where excellent camel and goat meet can be tasted. Overnight at the Safara Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 11 – Kontagora - Minna

After our breakfast we will drive to Minna, stopping at a roadside market to buy food for a picnic under a tree. It takes about 5 hours until we arrive in Minna, capital of the Nupe people. We then drive towards Kuta to visit a Gwari tribal village. The Gwari granaries are quite outstanding and the older women have tattoos on their body. After the visit, we drive back to Minna and check-in to our hotel. Afternoon walk around the city centre to experience the local ambience. Overnight at the Shiroro Hotel or similar (B)

Day 12 – Abuja

We will have our breakfast in a nearby café before the 5 hour drive to Abuja. On arrival in Nigeria’s modern Federal Capital there is time for lunch and a city tour. As most flights depart at night, we will have a farewell supper in a local restaurant and then transfer you to the airport.

End of tour

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