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Seasons
East Africa is a year round destination.
Dry Season. Although raindrops are few and far between, the vast herds know where water dwells. They migrate there … thousands at a time. With thundering hoofs and lightning speed. Consider the periods January through March, and July through October, or consider the green season.

Green Season. Although the rains fall, they’re rarely all-day soakers. Distinct advantages accompany travel at this time including reduced prices. Floral abundance, beautiful green vistas and fewer fellow explorers. Road navigation can be somewhat :experiential.”
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ANAMBRA, NIGERIA - A brief description.

There are over 250 different peoples, languages, histories, and religions in Nigeria.  It is also the place to go if you're into music, Crafts and Culture. Nigeria is constantly pounding to the rhythms of traditional African juju music, Afrobeat and reggae. The Art treasures of Nigeria, colorful native attires and the renowned Northern Regalia are some that no visitor can resist.  It's not the most pleasant or relaxing place to visit though, but if you're looking for a challenge it's the place to be.

Full country name: Federal Republic of Nigeria
Area: 924,000 sq km (360,360 sq. mi.)
Population: 125 million
Capital city: Abuja (pop 378,671)
People: 250 different ethnic groups, including: Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Kanuri, Ibibio, Tiv, Ijaw
Language: English. The main African languages are Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Edo, Efik
Religion: Muslim (50%), Christian: mostly Roman Catholic (40%), animist (10%)
Government: Parliamentary democracy
President: Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua

GDP: US$143.5 billion

GDP per head: US$1380
Annual growth: 1.6%
Inflation: 14%
Major industries: Crude oil, natural gas, coal, palm oil, peanuts, cotton
Major trading partners: USA, EU, and Japan

Facts for the Traveler
Visas: All visitors are required to have a entry visa except for citizens of countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with valid Passport.
Health risks: A yellow fever vaccination is required, and cerebral malaria precautions need to be taken in Lagos and the southern coast.
Time: GMT/UTC plus one hour
Electricity: 220v, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Best time to Go
Although, the best time to visit Nigeria is from December to March when the humidity drops. All the year round, visitors come depending on the need and preferences. Through January you can attend the Sallah celebrations in northern Nigeria followed by the Argungu Fishing Festival on the banks of the Sokoto River in mid-to-late February. There are traditional cultural festivals all over Nigeria to the Western, Eastern and Southern regions. The Igbo of Nigeria is noted for the Ofala, Iri Ji as the main festivals June through early September.
Money & Costs
Currency: Niara (N)

Meals

  • Budget: US$2 - 4
  • Mid-range: US$ 4-10
  • Top-end: US$10 and up

    Lodging
  • Budget: US $2-10
  • Mid-range: US$10-50
  • Top-end: US $50 and upwards
The Naira continues to be devalued against foreign currencies making it a boon for western travelers. A budget traveler happy with YMCA accommodation or shared facilities and a fondness for African soups and goat curry can survive on as little as USD $10-15 a day. Be very careful with budget accommodation in the bigger cities such as Lagos. Porthar Court or Abuja. Those on a moderate budget can expect to pay between USD $30-50, while those staying at the best places in town and dining out onEuropean style food can shell out over USD $150 200 a day.
Tipping is a Grey area but generally speaking you will be expected to tip 10% in the better restaurants. Check the bill to see if service has been included.
Attractions
Lagos

As one of the major gateways, Lagos has more night clubs and live music than just about any other West African city and is chiefly known for its music.
Sunny Ade, king of juju music, still calls it home as does the Afro-reggae specialist Sonny Okosun (late). Sunny Ade's club Ariya Night Club is in Yaba
and is worth a visit as is the open-air Jazz 38 where, if you've had the foresight to bring your own musical instrument with you, you might score an
invitation to jam with the band.

The National Museum, on Lagos Island, is worth a visit for its impressive bronze sculptures and ivory carvings from Benin and for its masks and terracotta antiquities from Jos. From ancient relics to modern ruins, the other note-worthy exhibition is the bullet-riddled car in which Murtala Mohammed, a former head of state, was assassinated.

The heart of Lagos is the Island where all the major banks, department stores, restaurants and black Marketers are to be found. Most of the embassies and big houses are on Victoria and Ikoyi Islands. The three islands together make up most of downtown Lagos.

ANAMBRA STATE  [East of the Niger]

Onitsha Writer's Market

Onitsha, directly east of Lagos, is the most densely populated area in Africa after the Nile Valley. Built on the banks of the Niger River, Onitsha was battered and bruised by the Biafran War but has since regained its vitality. Its chief attraction is the new market, one of the most vibrant in Nigeria, which specializes in books. Also there is the New Oba International Market currently under construction.

According to Chinua Achebe, Onitsha has always attracted the 'exceptional, the colourful, the bizarre'. As if to prove a point the Onitsha Market has paperbacks with wild and wacky titles like Husbands and Wives Who Hate Themselves or My Seven Young Daughters Are After Young Boys. They also come with incisive critical appraisals that double up as practical reading tips like, 'This book entertains more than two bottles of beer.'

Onitsha lies some 400km (248mi) east of Lagos and is easily reached by taxi, minibus, Mass transit Bus, or the famous Luxury Buses playing Lagos through       the West to the Eastern parts of Nigeria. Private transportation is also available, while Chauffeur driven

Charter transportation can be readily available to those who can afford it.

Other major Urban towns are: Awka, the State Capital with the various initiative and developmental infrastructures competing each other; Nnewi, the industrial heart beat of Anambra State, noted for hard to find automobile parts, equipment and industrial and mechanical parts; Ihiala; Ogidi; Obosi; Ekwulobia. Visitors wishing to cap their thrill and adventure may wish to visit the Oguta lakes Resorts or the Obudu Cattle Ranch, or the more latest – Tinapa in Cross River State.

About 40 minutes drive South of Onitsha lies the famous splendid Oguta Lake Resort.


OGUTA LAKE RESORT and The Obudu Cattle Ranch
Canoeing, fishing, Tennis anyone? Perhaps horse riding or hiking? Try the Oguta Lake Resort or the Obudu Cattle Ranch just South of Onitsha or East of Ogoja. Visitors can try notable Igbo foods such as Ofe-Owere and Nsala with fresh fish just out of the River at the Oguta lake resort and Egusi (a hot stew made with meat and red peppers) and Isi-ewu (goat head pepper soup). There's also lots of snack food including fried yam chips, meat pastries and fried plantain. Palm wine, a natural juice from palm trees, is a favored drink all over Nigeria, especially in the Igbo heart land where these trees grow wild.

This Obudu resort-ranch, built in the 1950s by enterprising and expatriate Scottish ranchers, offers a range of outdoor activities. Visitors can stay at one of the chalets or pitch a tent. The cooler climate, at 1890m (6200ft), makes it an attractive place for walking, hiking or any other activity that means working up a sweat.

Obudu Cattle Ranch is about 650km (400mi) east of Lagos. To get there you'll need to take bush taxis to Obudu and then hitchhike the remaining 44km (27mi) to the front gate. Alternatively, it's a straightforward 110km (68mi) drive from Ogoja.

Culture
The Anambra and the rest of the Igbo land consists of Catholics and certain fragment of animists. There are also countless numbers of smaller sects that are a mélange of two or more religions combining, for example, Christianity with local spirits and guardians. Animism has strong connections to ancestral spirits that protect the land and ensure tribal well being, and many of the sacrificial rituals and juju ceremonies that use animal skulls, bones and dried insects are a way of contacting these spirits to ensure good fortune.

The Ahajioku, Egbu Amuma and other Igbo gods are also an important part of Igbo spiritual life and are appeased through incantations and musicals to bring good luck and prosperity. There have been and are famous Igbo musicians who has demonstrated the importance and mythology of the Igbo culture through music, such as Celestine Ukwu, Osita Osadebe, and numerous other young Stars.
Environment
Anambra State has a population of 2,767.903 by the 1991 Census figure with an estimated 4% annual growth and lies in the Tropical Rain forest with a temperature humidity of 87º F. (mean). Over three times the size of the UK, Nigeria occupies 15% of Africa but has 56% of its people. It sits on the Gulf of Guinea sandwiched to the north by Niger, the east by Cameroon and the west by Benin.
Getting There & Away
Lagos International airport (Murtala Mohammed), 22km (13mi) from Lagos, the Commercial Nerve center of Nigeria provides the main gateway to the Country. Other International Airports are Abuja, Kano and Porthar Court with Skeletal Airlines services to the Country. Visitor can then either get to Anambra State through local flight into Enugu or Portha Court, finishing the journey by land. Air France offers a three days a week flight into Porthar Court from major United States gateways, a favorite of most visitors who do not intend to pass through the hectic traffic on the Lagos to the South East routes.
Getting Around
The good news is that internal flights are incredibly cheap. Domestic flights do not leave from Murtala Mohammed airport but from the older airport 10km away. Private airlines are a viable alternative, usually more organized and reliable than Nigerian Airways and offer relatively cheap fares.
Traveling by bus is the safest and most comfortable way to travel and lines connect all the main cities. Bus offices tend to cluster in the same area of the city. Organized and scheduled Tours can find their ways through Motor Coach.

LISTED TOURS.                  Description                               Prices: From

  7 Days 6 Nights                  Anambra only                 $2,175.00 (Double occupancy)
                                                Round trip Air NYC
                                                Flight Lagos – Enugu/Portharcourt
                                                Add-on (US gateways) $350.00
                                                Single Supplement                    $350.00
                                                Deposit to Reserve                   $300.00
                                                Meals and entertainment
                                                Based on 10 or more Passengers
                                                January through August 30
                                                Additional 4 days 3 Nights add $820.00                      

 

For other listed Nigeria and African tours, see our brochure or call 612-874-6670 for further information.

Yours truly,

Kallys Albert Sr. 612-306-1945 (direct line)
Your Tour Consultant


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