African travel expert highlights key Nigerian sites
Bradt travel guide writer Lizzie Williams has shared her expertise on Nigeria.
As a former Africa overland trips tour leader, Bradt guide author Lizzie Williams knows a thing or two about travelling across the exciting and beautiful continent.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, the expert has visited countries across the length and breadth of Africa, using overland trucks as her main form of transport.
She has penned guidebooks on numerous countries, including Egypt and South Africa, as well as a city guide to Johannesburg.
Having also written Bradt's guide to Nigeria, Ms Williams has plenty of wisdom to share with those booking trips to the African nation.
"Countrywide I would recommend the following: Oshogbo for the Oshogbo Sacred Forest - a weird and wonderful place of unique sculptures made some 50 years ago by artist Suzanne Wenger and dedicated to the Yoruba spirit world," she said.
"It's also now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"Kano in the north is another mind-bogglingly congested city, but much different to Lagos with interesting museums and ancient markets and mosques."
The expert added that the southern city of Calabar is also worth a visit, with the "best museum in Nigeria" perfect for educating visitors about slavery and the colonial period.
"It's also home to two note-worthy primate projects to visit; The Drill Monkey Ranch and Cercopan, both of which can organise overnight trips to the Cross River forests."
She went on to advise that those holidaying in Nigeria head to the Obudu Mountain Resort near the Cameroonian border.
As Nigeria's only self-contained holiday resort, the accommodation is set in a stunning mountain location that is perfect for golfing, hiking, bird watching and canopy walks.
"Yankari National Park in the centre of the country is the only place to see any sizeable amounts of animals and is famous for the lovely Wikki Warm Springs," the intrepid writer concluded.
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