Of course, we know Nigerians love to travel, be it outside or within the country. Unfortunately, these days, traveling by road, is no longer as simple as climbing into a vehicle and zooming off. You need to consider certain things, like security and the best places to go for instance. Do you want to travel around Nigeria for tourism, celebrations and holidays, but you’re scared of the road hazards and other eventualities? Then follow these tips below and you’ll enjoy your road trips in Nigeria absolutely!
A road trip with family and friends is always fun! But do it the right way
You need to plan where you are headed to first. You might also need a GPS device or road maps to help you get an idea of your destination so you won’t keep wandering around, clueless. Google maps is a very vital resource for this. Thereafter, you need adequate preparations for the journey. These preparations also have something to do with the distance that make up the journey and what you as a person could need. They are:
This is the most important thing. To avoid utmost starvation, you need to go along with beverages and snacks. Conversely, you might decide to sample food joints along your way. Be careful, and make sure you choose a hygienic place. Dysentery on a road trip will make you extremely uncomfortable.
2. Get a car
You need a personal car, which may be rented if you don’t have any of your own. An SUV is the absolute best choice, or you may consider a minivan for a large family. Again you may decide to go on your journey via many of the very good transport companies.
An off-roader SUV such as the Ford Everest is always a good choice for a road trip
3. Condition of the car
The vehicle you have should be Nigerian road-worthy. Fully verify the status of the wiper blades, engine and brakes. A Spare tire should be taken along in case one of the main one gets faulty through broken bottles and glass which may be found on the roads. You should also include a working fire extinguisher, triangle cones and first aid kit. All these are to be put in the boot of the car. You’ll be harassed on the road by the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corps if you are inspected and found wanting of any of these.
4. Ensure your documents are in order
Your driving documents which include a valid driving license, and the vehicle’s ownership and registration should be in order and kept safe in your pidgeonhole. According to the FRSC, a visitor in the country can use their country’s driver’s license for 3 months, but not more. However, if they have an international one, it can give them a maximum of one year and not more. If your mission exceeds the timeframe, you will be required to get a Nigerian version, which costs between ₦10,000 to ₦25,000, depending on the State you are in. Some States charge less, while some charge more.
Good, orderly documents will ensure no traffic official wastes your time on the road
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Other things you might want to consider are:
- You might want to go with a person, a companion, who would help you reduce boredom and keep you awake and lively.
- A good smart phone with music, movies and games is also good, in the case where there’s no companion.
- Your phone as a communication tool is essential for the journey, in case of emergencies. You must ensure that the charging point in the vehicle is functioning properly, so you don't run out of battery power.
- Dress well. Humans are totally different from each other. Some can take the fresh air from the windows or the AC without repercussions, while others cannot stand too much fresh air without falling sick. It’s essential you are up to the task by going on the journey with clothes that will suit both the hot and cold weather.
- In a seemingly cashless economy, which Nigeria is striving towards, you need to have cash. You could as well go with your Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) card so that you can cash more money on your way when it’s needed.
- Accommodation should be put in place to rest your head after the day’s fun.
- Taking along a good camera with a strong battery life, and long range lens to take pictures and videos is worth it since you are going for sightseeing and will need a lot to show and remember. Of course a god phone can double as a camera too.
Make sure you take a special someone- or three along with you
On the journey proper
While you’re on the journey proper, please take the time to look out for these:
- Potholes and road blocks are present in spots on the Nigerian roads. You need to watch out so that your tires don’t burst, and your car doesn’t somersault. This can be as a result of over-speeding into the heavy potholes or logs of wood placed on the roads by security agents doing spot checks, or touts asking for money while pretending to fix the roads.
- Also, be watchful of one-way drivers. One-way drivers are drivers who in their bid to escape the traffic on the road leave their lanes to face oncoming vehicles on the other lane. If a driver in Nigeria is not careful, he may be involved in a collision which could lead to death or severe injuries.
- If you are nto helping hitchhikers, be careful of those you give a lift. Some appear like they need help to get to a particular destination, but once they enter your car; they put a gun to your head and force you to do their bidding. “Shine your eyes well” so as not to fall victim.
- You shouldn’t travel in the dark, or be extravagant in appearance because it’s a perfect way for robbers to spot and go after you.
- You also need to put a password on very important things like your account details on your phone, or laptop, in case it is stolen by miscreants.
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Be wary of obstructions on the road, potholes also
Places of interest to visit
Few of the most attractive places you can visit in Nigeria are:
Bogobiri, located in Ikoyi, which comes alive mainly at nights, especially on Thursdays and Fridays.
The Freedom Park, downtown Lagos, where strategic monumental figures are.
The Ikeja Shopping mall, a one-stop location for what you need.
La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Lekki, which has well-furnished chalets where guests can lodge, with an edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
The National Theatre, which has architectural grandeur.
Gashaki-Gumpti National Park
Arochukwu Long Juju Slave Route
Oguta Lakes in Imo state
Obudu cattle ranch in Cross river
The Ancient Nok Settlement, Kaduna
Ogbunike Caves, Enugu State
Tinapa Free Zone & Resort
Alok Ikom Monoliths, Cross River
Obudu mountain resort is one of Nigeria's most visited holiday spot
If you are planning a trip, it is best to get a travel advisory due to recent security challenges around the country. Also chose the best car as that will make your journey much better. You can choose the very best vehicles for a road trip here. Drive safe and have fun!
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