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CALABAR – The Tourist city

Calabar is the capital of Cross River State, Nigeria. This tourist-friendly city has a fantastic museum and an excellent primate-conservation centre.  It is a popular stopover for travelers heading to Cameroon (See the contact details of good places and businesses in Calabar with pictures).

Calabar is a city of history, culture, and tourism. Situated on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River. There is so much about this city for you to experience. To be in the thick of things when the fun climaxes in Calabar and to get the most out of your stay, visit in December.

Calabar is often described as the tourism capital of Nigeria. The city has an international museum, a botanical garden, a Free Trade Zone/Port, Tinapa Resort, an integrated sports stadium complex, a cultural centre, a slave history park and several historical and cultural landmarks (See addresses of recreational/fun places to visit in Calabar).

With the exposure of the city of the wider world, more relaxation centres have emerged including Marina Resort, Atlantis Lounge and the most popular being Tinapa, the biggest free Trade Zone in West Africa. For cool sea breeze, many visit Toturga Island to enjoy its quiet serenity, perhaps after a long day at the Calabar Festival parade (See addresses of Lounges/nightclubs in Calabar).

It also has several standard hotels, resorts and amusement parks (See addresses, phone numbers, and room rates of hotels in Calabar).

The University of Calabar (1975), a college of technology, a teacher-training college, and numerous secondary schools are located in Calabar (See addresses of schools in Calabar).

There are two great markets, Watt Market and Marian market (See addresses and phone number of places to shop in Calabar).

There are several car transportation companies, servicing Calabar from all parts of Nigeria including the major cities of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja,Yola. They include ABC Transport, the Young Shall Grow, Elim Tours Etc (See addresses and phone number of bus parks in Calabar), (See transportation rates for travelling to major Nigeria cities from Calabar).

The Magaret Ekpo International Airport. Some major airlines that travel to Calabar include Arik Air, Air Peace, MedView, and Dana.

The Calabar Carnival generally is known to be the largest street cultural festival in Africa. The carnival is organised annually, usually in the month of December. Usually graced by thousands of visitors and guests from all parts of the world.

The city, being a coastal one, enjoys an abundance of fresh seafood from prawns, to fish, and crabs. Numerous restaurants offer catfish pepper soup, visit the  Bogobiri Corner, or you may go to Freddie’s Restaurant, a local eatery with Lebanese delicacies. You can also get palm wine, local beer, wines and all sorts of drinks. If you prefer Chinese cuisine, there is a Chinese restaurant at Mirage Hotel (See addresses of restaurants in Calabar).

BENIN – The Ancient City

Benin City is the capital and largest city of Edo State in southern Nigeria. It lies along the main highways from Lagos to the eastern states. Benin City is known as one of the most ancient cities in the whole of Africa. From its rich history to traditions, culture, festivals and arts, it really is a culture enthusiasts haven! (Find the addresses and phone number of good places/businesses in Benin)

Benin City is popular for enjoyment, with the large number of bars, restaurants and lounges as well as hotels (See addresses of bars, lounges, nightclubs in Benin City). Big bars are usually in large open spaces with loud music blaring loudly. Peppersoup of different variety is served, with other delicacies like asun, suya, and grilled fish (See addresses of Restaurants in Benin).

You can always find a variety of things to shop at Phil Hallmark Shopping Plaza, Ring Road on your way out from the Oba’s Palace or at Grandhill Shopping Mall on Central Road in GRA (See addresses and phone numbers of shops/malls in Benin).

Benin City is home to some of Nigeria’s institutions of higher learning, namely, the University of Benin located at Ugbowo and Ekenwan, the Ambrose Alli University located at Ekpoma, the College of Education Ekiadolor, Igbinedion University, the Benson Idahosa University and Wellspring University (See addresses and phone numbers of schools in Benin).

The Binis are known for bronze sculpture, its casting skills, and their arts and craft. Attractions in the city include the National Museum (The museum holds three galleries and is one of the largest museums in terms of indigenous artifacts in Nigeria, making it a must-visit for history and cultural lovers), the Oba Palace, Igun Street (Famous for bronze casting and other metal works) (See addresses of recreational places to visit in Benin).

Benin Airport serves the city with four commercial airlines flying to it. It is also accessible by road via the Shagamu-Benin Expressway from Lagos and through the A2 from Abuja (See addresses of Bus parks in Benin City), (See transportation cost from Benin to major Nigerian cities)

AWKA – City of Lights

Awka is the capital of Anambra state, Southern Eastern Nigeria. Awka is located midway between the two major cities of Onitsha and Enugu, along the Western-Eastern federal highway. Awka is known its lighted flyover bridges. It is a joy travelling through Awka at night.

There are beautiful girls in Awka.

Awka is a fun place with numerous hotels, clubs, shopping malls, event centre (See phone numbers and capacity of Event centers in Awka).

Awka has a bubbling night time for night crawlers. There are various joints, sit-outs and nightclubs all providing night entertainment. Nighttime hangouts in Awka include COFI PREMIUM LOUNGE, NUVO LOUNGE, Mars Sci-Fi Lounge/ H2O Car Wash & Pub, (See addresses of hangout spots in Awka).

There are nice hotels for every class in Awka. Hotels like Malikwu Suites, Golphin’s Suites, Pearl Suites, Cosmila Suite and Hotels, Finotel Classy Hotel (See addresses, phone numbers of hotels in Awka, and room prices).

Awka is accessible by road from all parts of Nigeria through Enugu, and Onitsha. The major motor parks are UNIZIK junction, and ABS junction (See Addresses of Bus parks in Awka). On the average, it costs about N1,500 to get to Awka within Southern Nigeria.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe University is located at Awka (See list of school in Awka, phone numbers, and addresses).

ASABA – Jewel of the Niger

Asaba is the capital of Delta State, Nigeria. It is a fast developing urban area, strategically located at the western edge of the Niger River, opposite Onitsha. The Onitsha bridge is the boundary between Delta and Anambra state, separating Asaba and Onitsha.

Asaba is a fun place with numerous hotels, clubs, cinemas, malls, event centre. The Stephen Keshi Stadium at Asaba has hosted several international competitions and soccer events since it was upgraded. The stadium is the home of Delta Force FC.

Asaba has a bubbling night time for night crawlers. There are various joints, sit-outs and nightclubs all providing night entertainment. Nighttime hangouts in Asaba include De Iceberg, Gagas Garden, Barnyard Lounge, Didoz Lounge, Y2K Pub and Lounge (See addresses of joints in Asaba).

There are nice hotels for every class in Asaba. Hotels like Lone Palm Hotels in Ezenei Axis, Best Western Hotel, and Swiss Spirits in Okpanam axis, Southgate Hotel, and Bellwood Hotel just opposite the Asaba Mall (Shoprite) (See addresses, phone numbers of hotels in Asaba, and room prices)

Asaba Mall is a modern shopping mall, offering entertainment and hangouts. Filmhouse cinema, along Okpanam road, opposite Government house provides entertainment – Lounge, PlayStation and arcade games, shopping, movies, and food. (See recreational places in Asaba)

Asaba is accessible by road from all parts of Nigeria through Benin, and Onitsha. The major motor parks include Benin Park by Summit Junction, RTC park by Abraka, Kwale Park at Koka. (See Addresses of Bus parks in Asaba). On the average, it costs about N2,500 to get to Asaba within Southern Nigeria (See transportation cost from Asaba to major cities)

The city of Asaba and neighbouring cities are accessible by air through the Asaba international airport.

Industries in the city include the urban market and hotels, shops, bars.

Asaba is also one of the filming locations for directors of the Nigerian movie industry. Nollywood stars like Junior Pope, Regina Daniels, and Zubby Micheal reside in Asaba.

ENUGU – The Coal City

Enugu town, is the capital of Enugu state, in southeastern Nigeria. The city is popular for its coal, hills, Universities (See addresses of schools in Enugu), cuisine, robust industries and of course, the local palm wine.

Enugu is the headquarters of popular eastern delicacies like Abacha, Okpa, akpu/fufu, Ugba, pepper soup and Nkwobi. Other foods like oha soup, nkwobi and ukwa are also served in Enugu (See addresses of restaurants in Enugu).

Enugu city has a bubbling night time for night crawlers. There are various joints, sit-outs and nightclubs all providing night entertainment. Nightclubs in Enugu include Extreme lounge, True lounge, Villa Toscana nightclub and Orange room (See addresses of joints in Enugu).

There are nice hotels for every class in Enugu. Hotels like Legend hotel, Dmatel hotel and Resort, Amazon hotel, Hotel Toscana, Nike Lake Resort/hotel, Hotel Metropole International Ltd, Rossy Valley International Hotels complex, and Chiez Inn have nightclubs and bars (See addresses, phone numbers of hotels in Enugu, and room prices)

Polo Park Mall is a modern shopping mall, offering entertainment and hangouts. Genesis Deluxe Cinema and the giant Ferris wheel in the mall provides entertainment. (See recreational places in Enugu)

Enugu is accessible by road from all parts of Nigeria. The major motor parks include Old motor park at Ogbete market, Newmarket or Gariki motor park (See Bus parks in Enugu). On the average, it costs about N2,500 to get to Enugu within Southern Nigeria (See transportation cost from major cities to Enugu)

Local airlines with direct flights to Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport include Medview Airlines, Arik Air and Air Peace.

Industries in the city include the urban market and bottling industries at night mile – Coca cola, Nigerian Breweries.

Enugu is also one of the filming locations for directors of the Nigerian movie industry, dubbed “Nollywood”, Williams Uchemba. Notable musicians originating from Enugu include rapper Phyno, Slowdog, Nigga RAW, Flavour N’Abania.

The Enugu Rangers, a first-division professional league association football team, is Enugu’s home team that plays in the Nigerian Premier League and are based in the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Enugu has three main tertiary institutions: the Enugu State University of Science & Technology (ESUT); the University of Nigeria,Nsukka Campus (UNN)and Enugu Campus (UNEC); and the Institute of Management & Technology (IMT) (See addresses of schools in Enugu).