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About Gombe

Gombe is the capital city of the State of Gombe in Nigeria. A remote city with a growing infrastructure, this destination offers visitors a complete retreat to a tranquil Nigerian city. Gombe has just over 500,000 residents, giving it a homely feel compared to Lagos or Abuja. Top attractions include Gombe State University and Mbormi Battle Ground.

Pack your bags for a trip like no other with cheap flights to Gombe for a limited period of time. Gombe is home to Gombe Lawanti International Airport (GMO), located near the city centre and is accessible by car or taxi. Gombe Lawanti Airport serves Arik Air and other regional airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa but visitors can fly to Lagos or Abuja, and take a connecting flight to Gombe.

Why visit Gombe

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Panoramic Views

Just outside Gombe city is where you will find one of the highest peaks in all of Nigeria, Kilang Hill. Located just 45 minutes from the city, it offers breathtaking views of the savannah.

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Cuisine

Enjoy the local cuisine from this eastern Nigerian city and sink your teeth into spicy bites and wholesome soups, made with love by the locals.

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Lifestyle

Take some time out from the bustling city life and unwind in this laidback city. Enjoy some time getting to know the people and their rich culture.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Nigeria
Currency Nigerian Naira (NGN)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 25.90 NGN
Language English
Hub Airport Gombe Lawanti International Airport (GMO)
Airline Gombe Lawanti International Airport (GMO)
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type D + G

Best time to visit Gombe

Like the rest of the eastern Nigeria, Gombe experiences a wet and dry season during the year. The wet season falls between the months of May and September, while the pleasantly dry season falls between March and May. To make the most of your visit to this city, the best time to visit Gombe would be during the dry season and generally rain-free months from October through to March.

Weather & Climate in Gombe

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 13°C 16°C 20°C 22°C 22°C 21°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 15°C 13°C
High °C 32°C 34°C 36°C 37°C35°C 31°C 29°C 28°C 29°C 32°C 33°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 2 29 79 129 213 254 163 37 1 0

The city of Gombe is located in the state of the same name and is a relatively new destination to visit, having only been named in 1996. The city is a cultural hub for the locals of various tribes, with markets and shopping areas a great meeting place during the day time. Gombe boasts some impressive architecture such as the Gombe State University, Abubakr Umar Memorial Stadium and the Emir of Gombe Palace which was built for the leading religious scholar of the area and is open for photos to the public.

The city has some wonderful restaurants that cater to the flavours of the region. You can enjoy some local dishes such as fish stew, plantain curry and the delicacy from the area, ‘nkwobi’, which includes meat from the foot of the cow.

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South Africans who wish to visit Nigeria will need a visa to do so. You will need to complete an application form, and have the following: a passport that’s valid for a minimum of six months from the day of entry into the country, one passport photograph, proof of accommodation, a letter of invitation and a copy of the invitee's passport or ID.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of Nigeria in Johannesburg.

Address: 16 Rivonia Road, Illovo, P. O. Box 1014, Saxonwold, 2132, Johannesburg

Phone: (+27) 011 442 3620

Gombe is considered to be a calm and safe place to live in and visit, with welcoming locals and a laid-back atmosphere. Gombe was, in 2014, exposed to some terrorist behavior but the government has been monitoring this situation very closely. It is always a good idea to be cautious and make yourself aware of your surroundings. Leave expensive personal belongings in your hotel safe and make sure to not be flashy while walking the streets.

Before your trip to Nigeria, make sure to visit your doctor and ensure that all your routine vaccinations are up to date. You are required to get a shot for yellow fever, and shots for hepatitis A, B and meningitis are recommended as well.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Gombe
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 120.00 R 125.00 R 19.50
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 30.00 R 30.00 R 11.50
Cappuccino (regular) R 25.00 R 26.00 R 31.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 15.00 R 4.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40.00 R 43.00 R 12.00
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