Must see attractions in Nigeria

  • Top ChoiceSights in Oshogbo

    Osun Sacred Grove

    The Sacred Grove is a large area of rainforest on the outskirts of Oshogbo. Within the forest is the beautiful Shrine of Oshuno, the River Goddess. In addition to natural beauty, there are many stunning sculptures by Suzanne Wenger (known locally as Aduni Olosa, the 'Adored One'), an Austrian painter and sculptor who came here in the 1950s.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Lagos

    Lekki Conservation Centre

    Run by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, this centre has a huge tract of wetlands set aside for wildlife viewing. Canopy walkways enable you to see monkeys, crocodiles and various birds; early morning is the best time to visit. There is a conservation centre and a library.

  • Sights in Abeokuta

    Olumo Rock

    The founding site of Abeokuta, famed Olumo Rock has a rich history and great spiritual significance. Hire a guide and climb the rock – at one point it is smooth and quite steep, so go via the steps if you're not confident. You'll see shrines, sacred trees, tribal war-time hideouts, and ultimately, at the top, an astonishing view of the city.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Lagos

    Nike Art Gallery

    One of Nigeria's most important artists, Nike Okundaye, runs this enormous gallery full of contemporary and traditional Nigerian arts. Nike herself is practically an incarnation of love and beauty, which is reflected in this astonishing four-storey space. If you're lucky she'll be there and may grace you with a new Yoruba name. There's a small cafe in the grounds.

  • Sights in Oshogbo

    Suzanne Wenger's House

    Susanne Wenger's remarkable house sits in the heart of Oshogbo: a tall Gothic place decorated outside with terracotta swirling sculptures, and inside with a mass of wooden votive figures. Sit on one of the fantastical carved chairs at the household shrine (first take your shoes off) and you may hear about Susanne's incredible life from one of her adopted children.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Lagos

    Terra Kulture

    Close to Bar Beach, this welcoming arts centre with a high bamboo roof has a traditional restaurant which is one of the best and most attractive places to eat in town: try the catfish with pounded yam and spicy soup. There's an art gallery, a bookshop with funky crafts, literary readings and events, and a theatre.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Calabar

    Afi Mountain Drill Ranch

    The excellent Afi Mountain Drill Ranch near Cross River National Park is one of Nigeria's highlights, with a rainforest canopy walk, close primate encounters and superb accommodation. Its headquarters is in Calabar.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Lagos

    Lekki Market

    A rich variety of crafts from all around Nigeria and West Africa: this is a brilliant place to wander and look for affordable gifts. You can also buy fabrics and get clothes run up on the spot here.

  • Sights in Oshogbo

    Nike Centre for Art & Culture

    Get your shopping groove on at this fabulous gallery, where you can browse Nike's own paintings, and buy a terrific range of fabrics, batik garments and jewellery.

  • Sights in Nigeria

    Gashaka-Gumti National Park

    Nigeria's largest national park, Gashaka-Gumti is also the remotest and least-explored part of the country. Its 6700-sq-km area contains rolling hills, savannah, montane forest – as wild and spectacular a corner of Africa as you could wish for. It also holds incredible diversity and is one of West Africa's most important primate habitats, as well as supporting lions, elephants, hippos and buffaloes.

  • Sights in Nigeria

    Oòni's Palace

    le-Ife is considered the birthplace of Yoruba civilisation, where people still worship traditional deities at revered spiritual sites. At the 18th-century Oòni's Palace one of the king's servants will, for a fee, show you the shrine within the palace walls, take you to see Oduduwa's staff, and teach you fantastic Yoruba creation stories including the tale of Moremi the warrior-princess.

  • Sights in Nigeria

    Yankari National Park

    Yankari is Nigeria's best park for observing wildlife. With a bit of luck you may come across buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks, hyenas, leopards, plenty of baboons and the odd lion. While the park's animal population has suffered from poaching it still has some big drawcards, like the 500-strong population of elephants, and the birdwatching is excellent.

  • Sights in Calabar

    Drill Ranch

    Home to a colony of rescued drill monkeys and chimpanzees, the Drill Ranch is home to Pandrillus, one of Africa's most progressive primate-conservation bodies, which places emphasis on local education to combat poaching and the bushmeat trade. Spending time with founders Liza, Peter and local staff at the Calabar headquarters is fascinating. And they can help to arrange trips to their wilderness retreat, the Afi Mountain Drill Ranch.

  • Sights in Calabar

    Slave History Museum

    The museum sits on the site of a 15th-century slave-trading warehouse. Exhibits explore local slave markets, the grim paraphernalia of the trade including shackles and chains, and the variety of currencies used to buy people, such as copper bars, brass bells and flutes.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Lagos

    Kalakuta Republic Museum

    Legendary musician Fela Kuti's former house and revolutionary headquarters is now a fascinating museum with everything intact from Fela's bedroom to his (very small) underwear. Breath deep and you may even catch a high. And hang around on the rooftop terrace and you might catch a band rehearsal or performance.

  • Sights in Benin City

    Brass Casters Street

    On the Unesco-protected Brass Casters St, sculptors reviving the 'lost-wax' sculpture technique can show you their works in progress and sell you one to take home: there are small ornaments as well as hugely impressive figurative statues. The street is governed by an ancient and secretive guild.

  • Sights in Abuja

    Nike Centre for Art & Culture

    The wondrous Nike gallery's Abuja outpost on the airport road; there are also branches in Lagos, Oshobgo and Ogidi. You can buy artworks and take part in craft workshops, creating tie-dye fabric for example. It's worth asking if they can accommodate you here too.

  • Sights in Calabar

    Calabar Museum

    Housed in the beautiful 1884 British governor's building overlooking the river, the museum has a fascinating collection covering Calabar's days as the Efik kingdom, the slave and palm-oil trade, and the colonial period.

  • Sights in Benin City

    National Museum

    The National Museum has displays of beautiful brasses. There are photographs of pieces which were stolen by the British during the sacking and destruction of the city and are now displayed in the British Museum.