Nigeria is a West African country with a diverse cultural heritage woven from threads of history which have birthed its many beautiful tourist destinations.
The country may not have classic vacation destinations like Dubai, Paris, Hawaii, and other top beautiful cities in the world, but vacations to Nigeria can be adventurous.
Vacation in many parts of the world can be expensive and overwhelming, likewise, in Nigeria, the two major cities with exquisite fun places, Lagos and Abuja, are also draining for the average person.
But, this article will give insight into vacation destinations in Nigeria where couples, families, friends and loved ones can have a weekend getaway without getting drained.
Below are five of the many affordable vacation destinations in Nigeria.
- Yankari Game Reserve
Do you thirst for an opportunity to see wildlife animals in their natural habitat? Then this destination is for you.
Yankari Resort & Safari is a large wildlife park located in the northeastern part of Nigeria, Bauchi State, and is the biggest national park in Nigeria.
The park is home to several natural warm water springs and a wide variety of flora and fauna, including; Elephant, Western Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Olive Baboon, Patas Monkeys and many others.
On arrival, a safari tour ranger is available to guide you as you explore the tropical forest.
Entry into the reserve and access to Wikki Warm Spring costs N2,000 for Adults and N800 for Children/Students.
Room Accommodation costs between N1,800 – N2,500 (Per Bed Space) for Student Hostel and N9,500 – N15,000 for Studio Suite, while Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner cost between N3,500 – N5,000.
- Obudu Cattle Ranch and Resort (Obudu Mountain Resort)
Obudu Mountain Resort is one of the most interesting vacation destinations in Nigeria. The resort, located in the tropical forests of Cross River State, is about 45 miles from the border with Cameroon.
The Mountain resort has rich natural vegetation and a picturesque view with many pleasant and beautiful mountain-area and country-side views in a calm and serene environment.
Some of the fun places on the resort are the Cable Cab, Holy Mountains (Highest peak), Cataract Waterfall, Grotto (Mini waterfall with a pool), and the Canopy Walkway.
The entrance fee into the Ranch costs #200, while a walk through the Canopy walkway costs #300.
Accommodation per night costs between N25,000 – N100,000 with access to the Gymnasium and feeding at little cost.
- Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort
Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort admired as a “Natures Gift to Mankind”, is located in a small quiet town in the Western Part of Ekiti State.
Ikogosi is known for its springs, with cold and warm water flowing side by side out of the same rock.
The warm and cold springs of Ikogosi originate from proximity to a meeting point and flow onward together with each spring retaining its thermal identity.
There is also a tree and a palm growing from the same source at the meeting point area of the warm and cold springs.
The springs are said to have curative power and are believed to have some therapeutic effect which relieves body aches and all sorts of ailments.
Some fun facilities on the resort are a warm water swimming pool, Gym/Fitness Centre, Arts & Crafts shops for souvenir items, a shopping mall, Amphitheatre and many other attractions.
The warm spring at Ikogosi can be accessed for a token of N500, while lodging costs are as low as N10,000 per night.
- Abraka Turf and Country Club
Abraka Turf and Country Club, located in the exotic region of Delta state, is distinct as the only horse leisure club in Nigeria.
The resort is sited on acres of lush green land, surrounded by the ambience of refreshing gardens, exotic birds, horses and a scenic walkway to the mysterious river Ethiope.
It is the perfect spot to escape the excessive rigours of city life and enjoy spectacular natural beauty in a secluded and serene environment.
The unique private country membership club provides an unforgettable vacation experience with entertaining activities for families, couples, campers, and corporate groups.
The club offers access to fishing trips, canoeing, and kayaking, on the river Ethiope, with affordable horse rides and spa sessions.
Accommodation at the country club costs at least N25,000 per night, depending on your package.
- Crystal Lake Resort & Tours
Crystal Lake Resort and Tours, located in Oguta, Imo state has its facilities situated at the shores of Oguta lake with freshwater lakes available for fishing, cultural activity, entertainment and tourism for the neighbouring communities.
Visitors can enjoy the Cruise Boat and Mini Boats tour, the Golf Course, Swimming (free for residents) and the Water Slide.
Accommodation costs between N25,000 and N75,000 per night, and access to other fun facilities are affordable.