Africa is filled with wonderful attractions, and one of the best places to enjoy its beauty is Nigeria. It is the 14th largest country in Africa and has hundreds of magnificent places that cannot wait to be discovered.

Nigeria has already being known as a splendid country, and although it is a little difficult to get there, it will definitively be worth the effort. It has various splendid beaches, and exotic places, ideal for swimmers and water sport fanatics. Likewise, the costumes, traditions and cuisine of the area are truly amazing as well. All these are best evidenced in the festivals and handicrafts events organized in Nigeria. There you can see the true spirit of this beautiful country.

Nevertheless, although the locals are very friendly with the tourists and the general atmosphere is extremely welcoming, there aren’t as many tourist facilities as there should be. Various improvements on different levels are still necessary in Nigeria in order to promote the beauty of this country. The current administration has made efforts to improve these aspects, but there is still much to be done to really advertise its touristic potential.

Still, its gorgeousness is appreciated anyhow. For instance, the fact that Nigeria is a true safari destination appeals to many people who are interested in a true wildlife experience. All those who want to go hiking in the safari, see wild animals and travel in jeeps through the trails, know that this is the place to go.

It’s certainly obvious that tourism is promoted in Nigeria and the progress is visible when we analyze the number of vacationers that want to come here annually. There have been installed several reception centers, tourist lodges and soon there will be added a cable bus. This last one will enable visitors to admire the Obudu, Mambilla and Kanyang mountains. Likewise, in 2012 there are available a lot of hotels, sports facilities, shopping areas, amusement parks and many other entertainment facilities meant to keep visitors entertained.

Nigerian cuisine is really special and is actually a combination of dishes and food items with influences from all over the African continent. There are used all sort of spices that give flavor to the food, different herbs, palm oil and groundnut oil which are mainly used to give an extra savor to the sauces while soups are always combined with hot peppers. Likewise, most of their dishes have a very vivid coloristic, are extremely aromatic and made of various ingredients that you have never thought of combining. Anyhow, the result is spectacular are it is compulsory to try out their local dishes as you will not be disappointed.

What is more, they have many receipts based on rice. For instance, a common meal is Jollof, a type of food made rice, tomato paste, tomatoes, salt, onions, red pepper, various other spices, vegetables and meat. It is a very complex meal, usually spicy. Also, we have Pate, a specific Nigerian dish made of dry corn and archa or rice. It is generally combined with spinach, pepper, onions, beans and meats minces. It is mostly served in the Northern part of the country.

In addition, soups and stews are highly appreciated dishes too. For example, Banga soup is made from palm nuts and has a fine savor that many Nigerians enjoy. Pepper soul is also delicious. It consists of a mix of fish or meat with spices or herbs. Nigerians enjoy sweets as well. Chin chin is a tasty sweet cookie made from eggs and wheat flour and has various shapes. Puff Puff is the traditional doughnut and Akara resembles the Latin dish acaraje, being made from dough and black beans.

Finally, the perfect drinks to serve along with a traditional dish, are the traditional beverages. Try out the roselle drink, the palm wine or the Kunu drink, made from maize, millet of sorghum. They are all interesting and will go perfectly with your meal.

Owerri is a town situated in the Southeastern part of Nigeria, right in the heart of Igboland and is the capital of Imo State. It is home to approximately 400,000 people and measures 40 square miles. In the East, Owerri in bordered by the splendid Otamiri River, and in the south by the Nworie River. Also, you can arrive very easily here by plane, on Sam Mbakwe Airport or by car, on the Douglas and Weathral Road.

The fact that tourists have so easy access to Owerri is good news, because the town is a wonderful place, with many things that are worth being visited. For example, Oguta Lake is by far one of the best places in Nigeria, as well as the largest in the Imo State. It is a natural lake which was formed in a depression and has a huge cultural and spiritual value to people of Awo, Oguta, Nkwesi and Orsu. During the civil war, the lake was used as a marine base, and it also served as an evacuation port for the United African Company. Today, it is none of these things. It is only a beautiful place to go on a cruise, of play golf on the course near the lake.

Moreover, to continue your holiday visiting tour, you can have some fun and check out the Owerri Amusement Park. Nigerians really know how to have fun, especially when it comes to spending quality time with their family. This is a great place to make everlasting memories with you children and friends. Next, you can make a stop at the Nekede Zoo. This is located at the old Nekede in Owerri and is a complex, fully-equipped garden. Visitors can admire here different types of animals, from Ostrich, Lions and Monkeys to Pythons, Guerrillas and Crocodiles. Birds do not miss from the picture either.

Finally, end you day with a little more culture at the Mbari Cultural & Art Centre. It is situated right in the town’s center and is an open-air museum that houses superb arts monuments that you will surely love.

Nigeria is a country that has many things to offer and its stunning beach resorts are some of the best entertainment places you cannot miss out on. The white sand, the sparkling waters and the tall palm trees, create and exceptional environment that most people would simply love.

For instance, one of the best beach resorts which would make a perfect vacation is the Coconut Beach. It is a true historical and cultural heritage with beauties that you probably won’t see anywhere else. It is located in Bagdary town and used to be a slave trade center. However, today it is an excellent resort with fascinating coasts and great services that will make you feel perfect. Moving on, the Akodo Beach Resort is a place just as beautiful. It is ideal both for those who love lying down in the sun as well as for those who love physical activities such as trekking, hiking and canoe riding. Also, it has an extremely modern beach, fully-equipped with all sorts of facilities to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. From amusement parks, to beach chalets and quality services, it has it all!

Next, you are invited to check out the Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort. It is a lively, friendly atmosphere which will make anyone feel welcome and have a great time. It is situated in Lagos, near the Port Harcourt and offers stunning, sandy beaches, various wildlife parks and African music beats that will keep you dancing day and night.

Finally, there is Kuramo Waters, one of the hottest and most recent beach resorts in Nigeria. It is close to Lagos and it is mostly appreciated for its wonderful shores and various relaxation venues. It has chic seaside bars, fun relaxation outlets, barbecue joints and soup kitchens. Not to mention that here you will be able to take part in all sorts of musical shows, beach parties, and jamborees. It is a fun, fresh and young place, perfect for an unforgettable holiday.