[FAQ with Naijauto expexts] Safety advice on Road trips from Lagos to Accra


Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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One of our readers whose name is Swazi asked Naijauto's experts about what risks she might confront with if taking on road trips from Lagos to Accra. Read to hear from Naijjauto expect's advice!

Good day

I just read your blog giving some advisory about road tripping from Lagos to Accra. I saw that you mentioned some concerning points regarding safety and kidnapping. 

My friend and I (2 South African females) are thinking of taking a road trip through exploring the 4 countries but I’m noticing that a lot of the information is based on traveling by bus.

I have a few questions I’d like to run by you: how easy is it to road trip through these countries with a private car? How bad is the corruption and exploration at the boarders? Is it safe for 2 foreign females to embark on this road trip? 

Will greatly appreciate your expertise on this matter




Here is the answer for you, Swazi:

Hello Swazi, It's nice you want to broaden your horizons through travel. While traveling on a tour or by bus is certainly advised, especially if this is your first trip, you certainly can travel by private vehicle.

Although the risk of kidnapping is sadly a fact, it is still reasonably safe to travel by yourself. You didn't mention which four countries you plan to visit specifically, so I cannot be more direct with my advice. Generally, though, the West Coast of Africa is safe. Please avoid Northern Nigeria, South-South of Nigeria, Chad, and Niger. You should be fine! 

Best regards,

Naijauto.com team!

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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