Nigeria's made-to-measure capital, Abuja was founded during the boom years of the 1970s. After the divisive Biafran war, the decision was made to move the capital from Lagos to the ethnically neutral centre of the country. Clean, quiet and with a good electricity supply, sometimes Abuja hardly feels like Nigeria at all.
The temperate climes of the Jos plateau are perhaps the oldest inhabited parts of Nigeria. The earliest known Nigerians, the Nok people, originated in the area, witnessed by the famed Nok terracottas. At 1200m above sea level, it's noticeably cooler than most other parts of the country – in colonial times it was a recommended holiday destination for British officers.
Yankari National Park
Yankari, 225km east of Jos, is Nigeria's best-known national park for observing wildlife. The park still holds reasonable numbers of buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks, hippos and plenty of baboons. The biggest draw is the 300-strong population of elephants – a few lions also survive there. The birdwatching is excellent.