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About Lagos

Lagos is the artistic capital of Nigeria, rich in artists of many genres. This city is one of the largest in Africa, with an ever-increasing population, as high as 20 million in 2016. Allow yourself this wonderful opportunity to experience the exceptional culture of Lagos, with its exciting nightlife, wildlife attractions, beautiful beach resorts, art galleries, and more.

Cheap flights to Lagos are now available for a limited time, so seize this chance to discover this amazing destination. Lagos is the home of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS), which is a 30-minute drive from the centre of the city. This airport services the airlines of South African Airways and British Airways. Non-stop international flights to Lagos are departing from Johannesburg. The average flight duration from Johannesburg is 6 hours and 10 minutes.

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General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Nigeria
Currency Nigerian Naira
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 12.76 NGN
Language English
Hub Airport Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Airline FirstNation Airways
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type D / G

Best time to visit Lagos

The hot seasons in Lagos (November – April), which is in southern Nigeria, bring really hot and humid days. The best time to visit then would be in the cooler months from June to October. If you want to be a part of the exciting events in Lagos, make sure to come during March, October and November, when you can enjoy music festivals, fashion expos and art festivals.

Weather & Climate in Lagos

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 22°C
High °C 32°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 31°C 29°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 13 41 84 146 202 316 243 122 160 125 40 15

Overview

Lagos is a city bustling with activity on the western coast of the African continent. The coastal location has something for everyone, meaning that you will be sure to experience a memorable holiday. This destination is famed for its nightlife, with a wealth of shows to attend and parties to enjoy. For the art connoisseur, Lagos features many galleries and exhibitions. There are even activities for adventure seekers, with nature tours, kayaking, snorkelling, hiking trails and more.

Besides these well-known facts, the city also plays host to fashion and designer expos, art and music festivals and many other exciting events which you can enjoy throughout the year.

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Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders do require a travel Visa for Lagos. Furthermore, you will need to ensure your passport remains valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages for entry stamps.

For more information and Visa applications, you can contact the embassy of Nigeria (Telephone: (+27) 11 442 3620).

South African Consulate General

Address: 24 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Phone: + 234 1 461 2067
Phone: + 234 1 461 2981
Phone: + 234 1 461 2050 (Consular)
Phone: + 234 1 461 2051 Consular)
Fax: + 234 1 461 2066 (Admin)
Fax: + 234 1 461 2064 (Consular)

Health & Safety

Today, the standard of safety in Lagos has improved, since the state has invested a great deal of money into the city’s security. Despite this, due to the high level of activity in Lagos, it is still wise to remain aware of your surroundings at all times and to keep your expensive possessions out of sight in public areas.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Lagos
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 20.92
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 10.88
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 31.37
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 25.10
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 8.37

Where to stay?

A large number of reputable hotels are situated in Lagos, especially on Lagos Island. These accommodation packages offer luxury and the convenience of a short distance from the Lagos Lagoon, which is a major landmark of Lagos providing stunning views. Some hotels are available closer to the coast of the city. These hotels additionally will put you close to the public transport facilities that are available in Lagos.

On the other side of the Lagos Lagoon, you can also find some of the nightclubs and restaurants which contribute towards the city’s fame as a tourist destination.

Getting Around

The high population of Lagos can mean high traffic. While enjoying your time here, you will have a few options for getting around the city. If you prefer taking control, you can rent a car, however, you should choose your times wisely for driving around Lagos.

When you would rather enjoy the views of the city, make use of the public transport system in the city, which includes a bus rapid transport system and taxis.

If you choose to avoid the traffic altogether, it would best to stay near the attractions you are interested in. Then you can simply enjoy a walk and spare yourself any stress.

Main attractions in Lagos

Victoria Island

Victoria Island

Lagos Island

Lagos Island

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

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