15 days in Nigeria & Cotonou Itinerary

15 days in Nigeria & Cotonou Itinerary

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Lagos, Nigeria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cotonou, Benin
— 4 nights
Drive to Lagos, Fly to Abuja
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Abuja, Nigeria
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ibadan, Nigeria
— 2 nights
Train to Lagos, Fly to New York City

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Lagos, Nigeria

— 4 nights
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Hi-Impact Planet Amusement Park and Resort (in Ibafo) and Olumo Rock (in Abeokuta). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lekki Conservation Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of Christ, contemplate the long history of Freedom Park Lagos, and hunt for treasures at Lekki Market.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Lagos is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Lagos is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cotonou.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Cotonou, Benin

— 4 nights
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cotonou: Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie), Porto-Novo (Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception, &more) and Ouidah (La Porte Du Non Retour, Ouidah Museum of History, &more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Bab's Dock, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel church, appreciate the history behind Place des Martyrs, and make a trip to Etoile Rouge.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cotonou journey planner.

Getting from Lagos to Cotonou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Cotonou sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Abuja.

Things to do in Cotonou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Abuja, Nigeria

— 4 nights
The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
Abuja is known for shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Abuja National Mosque, explore the activities along Jabi Lake, browse the different shops at Dunes, and stop by Abuja Arts & Crafts Village.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Abuja online route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cotonou to Abuja takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. September in Abuja sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ibadan.

Things to do in Abuja

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Ibadan, Nigeria

— 2 nights
In Ibadan urban meets traditional--Islamic and local traditional religious festivals color the city in contrast to its commercial centers, company offices, and skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Agodi Gardens and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at UI Zoo.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ibadan trip planner.

You can fly from Abuja to Ibadan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. September in Ibadan sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 75°F at night. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ibadan

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Nigeria travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
Naija
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.