Exploring the famed Nigerian spirit. Join us!
Abuja Unearthed…a quiet walking trip (Limited to 4 guests)
Welcome to Abuja! It’s Nigeria’s capital city, and one of Africa’s fastest developing city. Over the next few days, we’ll learn a lot about the city’s and Nigeria’s history. Our primary mode of exploration will be through quiet, observant walks. We’ll experience the city’s varied offerings, visit sprawling open-air markets, and sample delicious street snacks. Join us!
Here are a few things we hope to do...
Arrive at the international airport in Abuja. Depending on when you arrive, you might choose to relax or join us on a short evening walk around the neighborhood. We’ll drop by a café for a quick coffee and gather for dinner later.
We’ll start our Abuja trip with a tour of the city’s Central Business District and a brief discussion of its history. Our trip will extend to the commercial avenues of Wuse and the upscale neighborhood of Maitama. Between long walks, we’ll hold informal chats on interesting features we encounter as well as put the city’s evolution in a larger perspective within Nigeria and West Africa. We’ll reflect on our daytime experience over dinner.
Today we’ll explore the newly urbanized neighborhood of Utako. Our trip will include boat rides at the Jabi Lake; Abuja’s largest waterbody. Picnic will be served by the lake. We’ll spend our late afternoons at the city’s largest park; the millennium park. Over baskets of various Nigerian fruits, we’ll reflect on the experience so far.
No place better represents the Nigerian spirit than the open-air markets. Today we’ll head to one of the largest markets in central Nigeria; the IBB market. Come with your bottle of water and cameras as we attempt to conquer the hectic, somewhat intimidating and undoubtedly interesting market. There are no fixed prices. Sharpen your negotiation skills!
Today we’ll drive outside Abuja to the beautiful Gurara waterfalls; it’s got a view to die for. Enjoy the beautiful scenery. Our trip to the waterfalls will expose us to the lower-income neighborhoods of the city, thus giving us a well-rounded perspective on the city. We’ll deliberate on our observations over lunch by the waterfalls. Later in the evening, we’ll try the quintessential Nigerian snack; the suya. No Nigerian trip is complete without the battle against Nigeria’s spicy, grilled meat!
Today we’ll head to the Abuja arts and crafts village in a beautiful part of the city. We’ll explore works by arts and crafts professionals from across the country. Try your hands at well-designed sculptures or shop intricately-woven raffia palm products. Later in the afternoon, we’ll visit the city’s foremost orphanage home. Feel free to make donations and/or have fun with the kids. We’ll spend the evening reflecting on Chinua Achebe’s No longer at Ease. A little surprise awaits!
It’s been quite a wonderful experience. We braced the market together, wrestled the Suya and reflected on the city’s history, politics and culture. We made friends and it feels too early to say goodbye. We don’t have to. We look forward to welcoming you back to Abuja or another Nigerian city. For now, have a safe flight!
What’s Included in the package?
Everything you need. Plus a few things we think you’d want. Our trip packages include seven night’s hotel accommodation; all meals; local wine and beer; soft drinks and bottled water; tickets to all tourist sites and events; internal transportation; services of local guide and any cooking classes or demonstrations; and talks with experts. Finally, we have a little West African gift!
Dates: Jul 15 – 21, 2019 || Oct 6 – 12, 2019
Price: $8,500 (based on double occupancy)
Single supplement: $ 1,500