The rapidly-changing country of Nigeria is an exciting African destination. Full of life, colour and noise, this dramatic country is one of diversity: offering golden sandy beaches, flowing rivers, beautiful mountain views and incredible wildlife.
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The security situation in Nigeria is volatile and unpredictable, and travellers are advised to take extra care, as there is a high risk of crime throughout the country. The safest areas to visit are currently Abuja, Calabar and Lagos, however even here you should exercise caution. Roads in Nigeria are often poorly maintained and badly lit, so be aware of what’s around you when travelling in a vehicle or walking close to a road. If you can, arrange to arrive in the country and do the majority of your travelling during daylight hours. Travel with a driver who has local knowledge of alternative routes to take if necessary.
Medical care and facilities are basic and extremely limited outside of the major cities. You should take with you all the medication you anticipate you will need for your entire stay, as even prescription medicine and over-the-counter drugs cannot be guaranteed to be genuine.
The climate in Nigeria is hot and dry during the summer, and heatwaves are common during the hot season from November to April. Stay covered up as much as possible, hydrate yourself by drinking clean bottled water, and use an appropriate sun protection cream. During the rainy season from May to October, flash flooding is a possibility.
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