15 days in Nigeria & Cotonou Itinerary

15 days in Nigeria & Cotonou Itinerary

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


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: Olumo Rock (in Abeokuta) and Hi-Impact Planet Amusement Park and Resort (in Ibafo). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lekki Conservation Centre, kick back and relax at Elegushi Beach, examine the collection at The National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Freedom Park Lagos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lagos tour app.

New York City, USA to Lagos is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Lagos due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cotonou.
Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips
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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: Porto-Novo (Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception, &more), Ouidah (La Porte Du Non Retour, Ouidah Museum of History, &more) and Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie). There's much more to do: get outside with Bab's Dock, enjoy the sand and surf at Fidjrosse Beach, pause for some photo ops at Etoile Rouge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Artisanal Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cotonou trip planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Cotonou in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cotonou can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Abuja.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
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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, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Abuja National Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Jabi Lake Mall, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bature Brewery, 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.
Shopping · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Nigeria travel guide

Art Galleries · Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls
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.