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About Abuja

Abuja, capital of Nigeria, is located in the center of the country, housing a small population of 107,069 people. With roaring street life and detailed customs, Abuja sparks to life. Extravagant, flowered views in Millennium Park forms an intrinsic part of the core of Abuja. Wonder around classic buildings, the Abuja Space Center and the Abuja National Mosque.

Cheap flights to Abuja are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be mesmerized by this beautiful city. Abuja is home to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), which is approximately a 35-minute drive from the city center. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including South African Airways. Popular international flights to Abuja, Nigeria, departure from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes.

Why visit Abuja

Abuja National Mosque

Sightseeing

Abuja is Nigeria’s most beautiful city. Wonderfully designed that it not only attracts politicians and brokers, but also tourists and entrepreneurs. Blessed with both man-made and naturally beautiful scenes.

Handcrafted Pots With Ceramic Interior

Arts & Culture

A widespread of arts and crafts can be found in the street markets of the city, quenching the craving for a substantiated income for the people of Abuja.

Curried Goat Served With Ofada Rice

Cuisine

Abuja people take pride in the preparation of their food. Try some delectable dishes, pork chops in apple gravy, traditional curried goat on a bed of ofada rice, and fattoush.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Nigeria
Currency Nigerian Naira
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 23.61 Nigerian Naira
Language English, Hausa, Igbo
Hub Airport Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Airline South African Airways
Time Zone UTC +1 hour
Travel Adaptor Type D & G

Best time to visit Abuja

Summer in Abuja is from December through February, this season brings scorching temperatures and humid weather conditions. The accommodation rates are exuberantly high during this time so you will definitely feel the burn in your pocket. You can expect lots of traffic and crowded public areas, as the residents of the city take their annual leave during this time. Summer camp sites for kids and teens are open, and some great year end festivities are celebrated. You can visit Abuja at any time during the year, but the best time to visit this wonderful city is from July through September - spring time! The rain is minimal, skies are clear and there is no scorching Abuja heat. There are multiple places for you to visit, and since this is not a holiday season, there should not be problems with movement around the city centre. During this time of year airfares and accommodation rates are moderate to low.

Weather & Climate in Abuja

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) -3°C -2°C 1°C 5°C 10°C 13°C 15°C 15°C 11°C 6°C 2°C -2°C
High (°C) 3°C 5°C 10°C 15°C 20°C 23°C 26°C 26°C 21°C 15°C 8°C 4°C
Rainfall (mm) 2 5 10 65 135 165 220 265 255 105 5 1

Overview

Built to be a neutral centre for Nigerian citizens, undivided by ethnicity or religion, Abuja is now a thriving metropolis. Business travel remains a large part of Abuja’s tourism industry, but the parks, monuments, museums and art collections are slowly increasing the number of leisure travellers as well.

The Abuja skyline is a mix of mid-range buildings and a few skyscrapers. Only recently has development begun on taller buildings. Most of the buildings are modern, like many north central towns and cities are a mix of hilly and levelled ground. Bounded by foreigners and an indigenous architectural group, Abuja is culturally diversified, and home to the CBN national headquarters.

Enjoy scenic views from Millennium Park, be mesmerized by its beauty and rich land-architectural design. Rock climbers can enjoy the distinctive view from either the top of Zuma or Aso Rock. The people of Abuja are hardworking individuals who love entertainment.

Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Abuja, Nigeria. • Leave plenty of time for visa processing. • Ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after the return date. • Have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

• Your current passport with at least 6 months’ validity and at least 2 blank pages. • The application confirmation page from your online visa application. • A copy of the barcoded confirmation document showing proof of payment and appointment. • Your old passport (if possible) to show your travel history. • A recent photo (50mm x 50mm).

The South African High Commission to Nigeria is in Abuja. Plot 371, Diplomatic Zone, Central Business District, Abuja. Phone: + 234 9 782 2850 / + 234 9 782 2852.

Health & Safety

There are vaccination requirements if you are travelling from a country outside of the US. Here is the list below:

• Vaccinations against Hepatitis A & B and rabies are required. • Be vigilant at all times. • Make copies of bank and credit cards, and other important documentation in case they are lost or stolen. • Secure valuable, personal belongings within the hotel safe. • Avoid public or local demonstrations. • Remain alert when walking around at night, and abide by the local government laws.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Abuja
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 110.00 R 57.37
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 21.25
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.39 R 42.49
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff R 10.00 R 10.00 R 8.50
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 17.00

Where to stay?

The main point of the city is Asokoro, and some easily recognizable landmarks are Abuja City gate, Aso Rock, Gurara Falls and Banex Plaza. The metropolis is a great place where the political paramount people of Nigeria lives. Affordable accommodation rates and exquisitely run hotels are available there.

If you find yourself in the Gwarinpa estate, the hotels there offer an affordable rate for bargain hunters. Affordable and unique, it is a place where you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Just a 25-minute drive from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport is a standard lodging house. With impeccable rooms and world class amenities, the hotel rates are discounted and affordable. The rooms are gleaming, with private bathrooms, beds and curtaining made for royalty.

In Garki, Gimbiya Street you will also find hotels with affordable accommodation fares for budget travellers. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, TV, electric kettle and a private bathroom. The hotel offers modern facilities such as laundry services and internet services.

Getting Around

Public transportation in Abuja is safe to use. The means of transport are:

• Taxi: 1. Taxis are always marked and very safe to use as a means of transportation. • 2. Government sponsored taxis are green with white stripes • 3. Privately owned taxis can be any type and model of car. • Buses are in services all day, every day. • Train services are available during the day.

Main attractions in Abuja

Gurara Falls

Gurara Falls

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Amusement Park

Amusement Park

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