Abuja, capital of Nigeria, is located in the centre 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. Wander 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 mesmerised 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.
Popular flights to Abuja
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Abuja
Abuja is one of Nigeria’s most beautiful cities. Wonderfully designed that it not only attracts politicians and brokers, but also tourists and entrepreneurs. Wander through the wonderful scenery in the city parks and nearby rainforests.
Arts & Culture
A widespread of arts and crafts can be found in the street markets of the city, quenching the craving for a substantial income for the people of Abuja.
Abuja people take pride in the preparation of their food. Some of the dishes to try are: tuwo shinkafa (corn meal served with groundnut stew), suya and kilishi.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
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
Situated in the northern region of Nigeria, Abuja is built to be a neutral center for Nigerian citizens, undivided by ethnicity or religion. It is now one of the thriving metropolises in Africa as business travel remains a large part of tourism in the city. Abuja offers glitz and glamour in its nightlife, beautiful parks, monuments museum and art collections, which have contributed immensely to the number of leisure travellers in the city.
The Abuja skyline is a mix of mid-range buildings and a few skyscrapers. Most of the building are modern, equipped with many amenities to enrich your stay. It is known for being the best purpose-built city in Africa as well as being one of the wealthiest and most expensive.
Enjoy scenic views from Millennium Park and be mesmerized by its beautifully rich land-architectural design. Rock climbers can enjoy the spectacular views from either the top of Zuma or Aso Rock. The people of Abuja are hardworking individuals who love entertainment.
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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 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
You will need the following when applying for your visa:
• 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 and previous visas.
• 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.
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.
Meal inexpensive restaurant
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught)
Taxi 1km (normal tariff)
Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro)
Abuja's luxury lodges are exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, location and intimate size. They are quite affordable for every kind of travellers with a personal connection to the landscape and culture.
Take home lifelong memories when you stay at any of these exceptional lodges - If you find yourself in the Gwarinpa estate, the hotels there offer an affordable rate for bargain hunters.
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 kettles and a private bathroom. The hotel offers modern facilities such as laundry services and internet services.
Public transportation in Abuja is safe to use. The means of transport are:
Taxis are always marked and very safe to use as a means of transportation.
Government sponsored taxis are green with white stripes
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.