Fly To Benin City, Nigeria
As the largest city in southern Nigeria – and one of the oldest – Benin City is the capital of the Benin Kingdom and you’ll discover one of the oldest monarchies in the world here. Life culminates in Ring Road and the city flows out from there.
Although the roads around Benin City aren’t in great shape, their layout is surprisingly good. You’ll find it easy to get around if you take the odd traffic jam, caused by a public bus or the locals’ refusal to follow traffic rules, into account. The city is trademarked by its bronze-plying talents and other arts and crafts. It may be warm, but you’ll enjoy a friendly stay here.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Benin City, Nigeria. Make sure that you have 2 blank pages in your passport and that it is valid for at least 6 months after you return date.
- The South African Consulate-General in Nigeria is in Lagos at 24 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Phone: +234 1 461 2067. The South African High Commission is in the capital city Abuja at Plot 371, Diplomatic Zone, Central Business District, Abuja. Phone: +234 9 782 2850.
See and do
If you’re enthralled by the bronze sculptures so distinct of Benin City, then a visit to Igun Street is an absolute must. Here you can watch the locals ply the bronze and buy a beautiful piece of your own. See finished pieces collected over the years in the National Museum and explore some other significant parts of Benin City’s culture and history while you’re here.
At Oba Palace you can catch a glimpse of the base from which long concessions of rulers have reigned over Benin City. The palace is divided into different palaces and complexes and it’s a beautiful part of Nigerian culture and history. Explore a bit more of their modern culture by taking a walk around Ring Road where the traditional and everyday markets thrive.
Benin Airport – BNI
Food and beverage: ‘Things Remembered’ is a standard airport eatery at Benin City Airport where high quality food is sold in an ambient environment.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Constantial Hotel and Suites and Best Western Homeville are just across the road.
Airport Hub: Benin Airport (code BNI) is a hub for Arik Air.