Book Cheap Flights to Owerri

Owerri: a city of delicious cuisine and a strong cultural heritage, intertwined with bright city lights and glamour.

Owerri is the capital city of the Imo state in Nigeria, often referred to as the Heartland. This city holds on to its charm and natural beauty in a growing urban environment and has a population of around 1 million residents. Top attractions include Mbari Cultural and Arts centre, the National Museum of Owerri and Oguta Lake.

Get ready to explore this exceptional Nigerian city because cheap flights to Owerri are now available for a limited time! Owerri is home to Sam Mbakwe Airport (QOW), located on a 40-minute drive from the city centre. Sam Mbakwe Airport serves a number of local airline carriers, including Arik Air, Air Peace and Imo Air. There are no direct flights from South Africa, but visitors can fly from Johannesburg to Abuja and take a connecting flight to Owerri.

Why visit Owerri

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Entertainment

As an up-and-coming city, the entertainment factor of Owerri is well ahead its time with some great attractions, including an array of top nightclubs, glamourous casinos, and 5-star restaurants!

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Affordable

While the rest of Nigeria will have you counting your pennies, the laid-back vibe of Owerri is comfortable on visitor’s pockets and you’ll always get more than what you’ve bargained for.

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Cuisine

The famous cuisine of this beautiful city will have visitors coming back for more, especially after tasting the delicious Ofe Owerri and Nsala soups!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Nigeria
Currency Nigerian Naira (NGN)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 30.28 NGN
Language English & local dialect, Igbo
Hub Airport Sam Mbakwe Airport
Airline IMO Air
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type D & G

Best time to visit Owerri

Owerri has a lush, tropical climate with large amounts of rain that add to the beautiful vegetation in the city. The city experiences a wet and dry season and has warm temperatures all year long. The wet season is between March and October and during this time you will enjoy humid temperatures and experience quite a bit of rain, so make sure to pack in your umbrella! The dry season falls between November and February and is considered the best time to visit Owerri, with little rain and average temperatures around the 26 °C mark.

Weather & Climate in Owerri

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall chance (%) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 22°C 823°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 21°C 22°C 21°C 22°C 22°C 22°C
High °C 31°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 17 37 98 166 225 363 313 339 322 269 52 18

Owerri holds lots of fantastic attractions that often gets overlooked by the better known and bigger Nigerian cities such as Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. Whereas these cities are marvelous in their own rights, what they bring in top tourist attractions is also what they’re missing in authenticity when you’re looking for a the ‘real’ feel of Nigeria!

In Owerri, the cuisine in this eastern gem of a city is known across the country as some of the best in Nigeria! Owerri is the home of the Igbo soups and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety from savoury to sweet & spicy.

With a strong cultural heritage in place, the customs and traditions can be enjoyed all across Owerri as the prevalent Igbo culture is practiced. Visitors will enjoy sights of traditional attire and can even join in the fun for the New Yam festival, held early in August every year.

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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 invitees' passport or ID.

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

16 Rivonia Road, Illovo

P. O. Box 1014

Saxonwold 2132

Johannesburg

South Africa

Tel: (+27) 11 442 3620

Owerri is considered to be a calm and safe place to live in and visit, with welcoming locals and a laid-back atmosphere. Owerrri has, in recent year, become more economically independent and with the opening of new hotels and casinos in the city centre, 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 Owerri
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 47.00
Domestic beer (0.5l drought) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 16.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 36.00
Taxi (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 8.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.00 R 40.00 R 32.00
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