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About Port Harcourt

Situated along the Bonny River, Port Harcourt is the capital city of Rivers State, Nigeria. Home to a good 1,865,000 people. Besides being the oil capital, Port Harcourt is also known for its vibrant night life, and entertainment scene. Over the years it has also become a popular tourist attraction and offers visitors some wonderful traditional experiences.

Cheap flights to Port Harcourt are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Port Harcourt is home to the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHC), which is an enjoyable 45-minute drive from the city center. Port Harcourt International Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Arik Air. Popular international flights to Port Harcourt, Nigeria departure from Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Port Harcourt is approximately 9 hours and 55 minutes.

Why visit Port Harcourt

Oil Rig

Economy

It is the chief oil-refining city in Nigeria. It has two main oil refineries that process 210,000 barrels of crude oil a day, operated by the Port Harcourt Refining Company.

Nightlife

Nightlife

A clamouring nightlife oozes into the streets of Port Harcourt. Just about everyone is in a jovial mood, the atmosphere is relaxed and conversations mix easily, and smoothly.

Couscous With Fish And Vegetables

Cuisine

Port Harcourt embodies prolific cuisine of the people of South Nigeria. It can be tasted in dishes such as boli and fish, afang soup, garri, and maharajah vegetarian cuisine.

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 Port Harcourt International Airport (PHC)
Airline Arik Air
Time Zone GMT +1 hour (South Africa is one hour ahead of Port Harcourt)
Travel Adaptor Type D & G

Best time to visit Port Harcourt

Port Harcourt experiences a wet and dry season, yet the city enjoys a warm climate almost all year around; with temperatures usually between 21 to 33 degrees Celsius. The dry season is better to travel because it’s so much easier to get around during that time. The dry season lasts from December to the end of February. January and December are considered the best months to travel to Port Harcourt. However, the accommodation and flight fares are a bit pricey during these peak months. If you are looking for a bargain in airfares, then best not travel to Port Harcourt in these peak months. March and October receive heavy rainfall, so fewer tourists visit during these months. Due to fewer tourists visiting the country during this season, accommodation and flights to Port Harcourt are more affordable.

Weather & Climate in Port Harcourt

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 21°C 22.5°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 21°C
High (°C) 32°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 29°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 22 56.5 116 184 223 273 357 327 367 263 97 26

Overview

Port Harcourt is a favourite African destination amongst travellers. The city has progressed over the years, becoming a haven for business and tourists alike. It features many historical sites, cultural attractions and flourishing landscapes. Another natural gift that Port Harcourt has been gifted with is the coast. The city is home to a long sandy coastline, offering several beaches that are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and romantic sunset walks.

If you fancy picnicking, take a stroll down to the Isaac Boro Garden Park. The River State Museum encapsulates all of Port Harcourt’s culture and history, and it will deepen your understanding of the history of the city. Some local arts and crafts, along with other relics can be found resting on the old shelves of the galleries.

Art lovers should definitely check out the Culture centre. It’s a vibrant place to spend an evening watching theatrical productions or learning about the local arts, music and dancing. There is so much to do in this eco-friendly African heaven, you could easily spend a month here and still not get bored.

Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

 Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and make sure your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months  Ensure you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.  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 in Nigeria is at 24 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234 1461 2067, +234 1461 2050, +234 1461 2065, +234 1461 2052, +234 1461 2054, +234 1262 4041, +234 1461 2981. Email: safrica@nigol.net.ng.

Health & Safety

All travellers should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations, as vaccinations are required. Most travellers to Port Harcourt will need vaccinations as well as medications for malaria and travellers’ diarrhoea. • Malaria is spread by the Anopheles mosquito, so preventing yourself being bitten is of paramount importance. An insect repellent is recommended. • Vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid are recommended. • Bring adequate supplies of medication with, in their original containers and clearly marked, if you are sick or have to take chronic medication. • Bring plenty of sunblock of a high SPF factor and avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight. • Always be vigilant and watch your personal belongings. • 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.

Where to stay?

A warm welcome to the true Nigerian hospitality in the serene business district, and of the oil-richer, Niger Delta region. There is an upmarket and tastefully furnished hostel, draped in luxurious African décor, offering excellent views. Enjoy watching a game of polo right from your bedroom window, and still revel in the comfort of your own room.

Situated in a prime location of Port Harcourt you will find supreme luxury. Serene, secure and approximately a 40-minute drive from the airport, this deluxe hotel offers a range of services and standardised rooms. To keep up with your regular exercise, the hotel is equipped with a gym and state-of-the-art swimming pool. The hotel welcomes families on vacation - daily family excursions can be arranged, when booking.

A modern, fresh and cosy hotel can be found within the bustling city centre. The rooms are well spaced and the staff is extremely friendly. The hotel offers room service and great tasting food.

Get Around

You won’t have much trouble finding a ride once you land at the airport. Many taxis, buses and car hire services are available from the airport to take you to the city centre. We recommend planning your mode of travel ahead of time. This is better for budgeting, and you’ll be able to enjoy stress free travel.

Bus: The best way to get around Port Harcourt is by taking a bus - it’s cheaper and safer than hiring a private taxi. Many bus companies operate all over the city, including the suburbs. Taxi: Taxis are found in abundance within the city. There are also motorcycle taxis that you can ride to different places. Many tourists find the motorcycle taxis to be one of the main attractions of the city in itself. Car Hire: If you want to travel in luxury, then car hire will suit you. They are expensive, but safe and comfortable if booked with a reputable agency.

Main attractions in Port Harcourt

Garden City Amusement Park

Garden City Amusement Park

Port Harcourt Zoo

Port Harcourt Zoo

Mother Cat Junction

Mother Cat Junction

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