Ibadan: Nigeria's ancient city with a large population, yet still emits a small town feel
Ibadan is the capital city of Oyo State, Nigeria. With a population of more than 3 million people, it is the third most populous city in the country. Located in south-western Nigeria, Ibadan is a charming destination. Popular touristic attractions include Agodi Gardens, Mapo Hall, Irefin Palace, Cocoa House and the Old Oyo National Park.
Cheap flights to Ibadan are available for a limited time, so get ready to set off to this charming African city. The city of Ibadan is home to Ibadan Airport (IBA), which is a 20-minute drive from the city’s centre. Ibadan Airport serves local airlines such as Arik Air and Overland Airways. There are no direct flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Ibadan, but 1-hour flights from Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport are available.
Popular flights to Ibadan
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Ibadan
Enjoy the Nigerian flavours of pounded yams and stew while touring the city. Aside from the many fast food restaurants in Ibadan, consider tasting the jollof rice which is a winner worldwide!
Explore Ibadan’s cultural roots at the National Museum of Unity where you’ll see well curated exhibits from tribes all over Nigeria. Mapo Hall is another attraction worth a visit, home to a mini museum with several relics from the colonial era.
Ibadan is abundant with emerald landscapes. With six parks, Agodi Garden being a crowd favourite as it is located in the city centre. Unwind from the bustling city life and take in the serene atmosphere of the beautiful parks.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 26.81 NGN
English / Igbo / Yoruba
Ibadan Airport (IBA)
Type D / G
Best time to visit Ibadan
This south-western Nigerian city has a tropical climate with a wet and dry season. The temperatures are high year-round. Ibadan’s wet season is from March to October, however, rainfall decreases in August. Peak season for tourism in Ibadan is December, April and March. The best time to visit Ibadan depends on what you’re hoping to experience in the city. Consider the months from September to November when the average temperature is 30°C yet comfortable. Accommodations may cost less because there are less crowds during these months. The dry season (December-February) is characterised by cold and hot days with dust and haze. Make sure to stay hydrated to the dry season.
Weather & Climate in Ibadan
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
Ibadan literally means “between the forest and the plain”, and it is a destination worthy of your time! Located in the south-western part of Nigeria, it was once the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa, although more recently it has been surpassed by Lagos in terms of population. Ibadan still holds the feeling of a small town.
The city is alive with predominantly Yoruba people and it is fondly called, “The Ancient City”. Ibadan is comprised of interwoven streets with markets and malls all over. Explore the city and all its landmarks, including Agodi Gardens, Mapo Hall, the University of Ibadan Zoo and Bower’s Tower. Ibadan has a bubbling nightlife with cool spots found throughout the city. Visit great venues such as Apollo’s Lounge, Mauve Lounge and Kokodome for a fun night out.
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South African passport holders require a visa to fly to Ibadan and the rest of Nigeria. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date, and there should be at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
All travellers must ensure that they have their routine vaccinations before travelling to Ibadan, Nigeria. These routine vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio and yearly flu shot. In addition to these vaccines, you will need a yellow fever certificate. It is also advised to get vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria and typhoid.
Ibadan is one of the safest cities in Nigeria. With every city that you’re visiting it is best to practise common sense and to always be vigilant of your new surroundings.
Safety tips for travelling in Ibadan:
• Do not walk alone at night.
• Beware of overly-friendly locals who might try and scam you from your money.
• Do not use roadside ATMs.
• It is best to use cash to avoid credit card fraud.
• Carry your ID or copy of passport with you at all times.
• Do not flash your electronics and jewellery in public places.