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Nigeria…A historic Journey. (Limited to 4 guests)

Welcome to Africa’s most populous country! This grand journey promises to be inspiring and all-encompassing; maybe a little tiring. Over the next thirteen days, we’ll attempt to gain a broad understanding of the continent’s most diverse country; her history and current realities, her cultural wealth and proud culinary heritage. We’re excited!

Itinerary

Here are a few things we hope to do...

Arrive at Lagos; West Africa’s largest city. Depending on when you arrive, you could join us on a short walk around the neighborhood or relax in your room. We’ll gather over plates of delicious food and drinks in the evening and introduce ourselves.

We’ll start our journey by taking a step back in time at the National Museum. We’ll explore relics of the country’s rich history dated over 1,000 years. Later in the day we’ll gather at the beautiful Freedom Park for lunch and a breath of fresh air.

Today we’ll take a trip outside Lagos city to the ancient town of Abeokuta. Here we’ll climb the historic Olumo rock where we’ll learn about the rock’s and the city’s historical role in pre-modern Nigeria. After a quick lunch, we’ll tour the famed Kemta market and explore thousands of local Nigerian fabrics and other goods. Sharpen your negotiation skills!

Today we’ll fly from Lagos to the ancient seaside city of Calabar; the first capital of colonial Nigeria. We’ll start by testing our culinary skills with an evening of suya and fresh palm wine. We’ll spend the rest of the evening taking in the beautiful scenery of the river at Tortuga Island.

Our history journey continues with a visit to the Slave Trade Museum in Calabar. There’s a lot to learn beyond mere generalizations. After lunch, we’ll visit the Old Residency Museum which plays host to some of the richest relics of the Nigerian and West African colonial experience. Our newly acquired knowledge will enhance our understanding of present-day Nigeria.

We’ll spend quality time with nature today. We’ll travel outside the city to the Kwa Waterfalls; a beautiful sight. We’ll engage in conversations, enjoy a picnic by the falls and get some rest. Later we’ll explore the city of Calabar, do some shopping and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Following an early morning hike and a sumptuous breakfast, we’ll fly north to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city and the seat of Government. We’ll explore the neighborhood and drop by for some northern Nigerian snack; the fura da nono.

Today we’ll continue on our history trip by travelling to the city of Lokoja, one of the most important places in Nigerian history. You’ll find out why. While at the city, we’ll climb Mount Patti; a historically consequential spot. We’ll head back to Abuja later in the day in time for a relaxing dinner.

Having explored historic spots, it’s time to explore present-day Nigeria. No place better exemplifies the Nigerian spirit than the open-air markets. Today we’ll head to the IBB market, one of the largest in central Nigeria. Sharpen your negotiation skills!

Today we’ll visit an orphanage home on the outskirts of Abuja for a quiet, introspective conversation with the selfless individuals catering to orphaned and abandoned kids. We’ll spend time with the kids; donate little gifts and head back home for dinner. Feel free to stay back in the hotel.      

Having gotten a taste of the capital city and its present role, we’ll fly back to Lagos today. We’ll visit the Nike art gallery; the largest in Nigeria and West Africa. We’ll explore over 8,000 unique artworks that depict the country’s history and present realities. We’ll spend the evening on a quiet boat cruise along the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner will be served on the cruise.

Wake up a bit late or join an early morning hike. We’ll head to the Eleko beach today. Read a book. Sip on fresh coconut juice. Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze. Or dance to some African tunes. Lunch will be served by the Oceanside. Later in the day we’ll head to the Lekki arts and crafts village to explore street-level creativity from around the country. We’ll gather for dinner later and reflect on the entire experience with a discussion of Chinue Achebe’s No Longer at Ease.

It’s been a historic journey indeed. We learned a lot. We agreed/disagreed with each other. But we made friends. It will be sad to say goodbye. We don’t have to. We look forward to welcoming you back to Nigeria in the near future. 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:  Sep 15 – 27, 2019 ||  Dec 8 – 20, 2019 

Price: $16,000    (based on double occupancy)

Single supplement: $ 3,500