Uyo: an oil-rich metropolis vibrant with beaches, mangrove forests, bustling markets and tradition
Uyo is the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, located in southern Nigeria. With a population of more than 420,000, it is the largest city in Akwa Ibom State. Take in the vast culture seen throughout this vibrant metropolis. Touristic attractions include the Ibom Connection, Ibom Plaza and the National Museum of Colonial History.
Cheap flights to Uyo are now available for a limited time, so get ready to set off to this exotic African city. Uyo is the home of Akwa Ibom Airport (QUO), which is a 40-minute drive from the city centre of Uyo. Akwa Ibom Airport serves local airlines such as Dana Air and Air Peace. There are no direct flights from Johannesburg to Uyo, but 1 hour and 10-minute flights from Abuja Nmamdi Azikwe International Airport are available.
Popular flights to Uyo
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Uyo
Try the incredible array of flavours in Nigeria’s cuisine. Try Afang soup at the local restaurants called mamaputs. You’ll be treated to a medley of aromas and flavours with jollof rice, plantain and bean dishes on the menu.
Partake in an African shopping experience at Itam International Market. This lively local market offers an array of products such as clothes, jewellery, fruits and vegetables. Itam International Market is the meeting point for South Nigeria’s buyers and sellers.
Uyo is a lively city and the night time is no different. With an array of clubs, bars and lounges, there’s always some sort of fun to be had. Enjoy a night of dancing in the vibrant city with the locals.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 26.75 NGN
Akwa Ibom Airport (QUO)
Best time to visit Uyo
Uyo has a tropical climate with rainfall occurring during most months of the year. The best time to visit is from late-November to February when the rainfall is significantly less. November and December are the best monthss to visit Uyo to experience the city’s festivals.
Weather & Climate in Uyo
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
Uyo is one of Nigeria’s most prominent cities and it is vibrant with action-packed energy pulsating through the city. This oil-producing city is located deep in the south of Nigeria. Uyo has fast become a must-visit metropolis with many tourists choosing to experience this up-and-coming destination. It is a city abundant with things to do and experiences, including a day at the beach, shopping at the markets and plenty of sightseeing.
You’ll be enchanted by its coastal bliss and mangrove forest. During your visit, visit the National Museum where you’ll see carvings, artefacts, relics and traditional instruments to marvel at. Uyo is home to the Ibom International Stadium which is where you can catch a soccer match featuring the Super Eagles. Ibeno Beach is a popular attraction to visit and it is little wonder why with all the water activities and sunbathing it affords.
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South African passport holders require a visa to fly to Uyo and the rest of Nigeria. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date, and there should be three blank pages for entry stamps.
All travellers require routine vaccinations before travelling to Uyo, Nigeria. These routine vaccinations include diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox), polio and your yearly flu shot. Travellers are also encouraged to obtain vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and yellow fever.
When visiting Uyo, travellers must be vigilant with their belongings and surroundings as with every destination.
Safety tips for travelling in Uyo:
• Be vigilant of pick-pocketing and bag-snatching in public spaces.
• Do not walk alone at night.
• Carry your ID or copy of your passport with you at all times.
• Do not flash your jewellery and electronics in public spaces.