Fly To Abuja, Nigeria
Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, and one of the very few purpose-built cities in the world. Planned and built from scratch, largely in the 80s, its architecture is modern and its layout clean and functional, making this very young city surprisingly attractive.
Built to be a neutral centre for Nigerian citizens, undivided by ethnic or religious lines, Abuja is now a thriving Metropolis, housing well over 3 million people. 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.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Abuja, Nigeria. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- 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.
See and do
There are several attractive parks in Abuja, but the Millennium Park is the largest and most impressive. Half of the park is dedicated to a display of natural vegetation, with terraces showcasing everything from Nigeria’s mountain vegetation, to savannah, deciduous forest, rainforest and brushwood. The other half is dedicated to the environmental sciences, and understanding the natural world. Take a picnic and spend a day relaxing by the river that divides the park, or visit the greenhouses full of butterflies and tropical birds.
Parks aren’t Abuja’s only natural attractions – it has two towering monoliths well worth a visit, too. Aso Rock is around 400 metres high, but it’s still dwarfed by Zuma Rock - an impressive 725 metres of solid stone, featured on the 100 Naira bill.
If you’re looking for more urban excitement, pay a visit to the National Assembly, the Abuja Stadium or the iconic National Mosque. You’ll want to swing past Wuse Market as well, to browse the locally made arts and crafts as potential souvenirs. Wood carvings, paintings and leatherwork are popular options.
The best way to get around Abuja is to rent a car, but driving has some downsides as well. Traffic can be abysmal owing to on-going construction boom around the city, and traffic lights are often out of action because of power outages. Nigerian drivers are renowned for hair-raising driving tactics, so do be vigilant when you’re on the road.
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport – ABV
Food and beverage: There is a café in the passenger terminal serving coffee and light meals.
Currency Exchange: There is a foreign exchange counter in the passenger terminal at Abuja Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to security, who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: An onsite hotel is planned for the future, but not under construction as yet. Nearby hotels include: Sheraton Abuja, Hotel De Bently, Transcorp Hilton and Protea.
Airport Hub: Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (code ABV) is a hub for Arik Air, IRS Airlines and Overland Airways.