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Nigeria: Bicycle Tour Travel Guide

 

 


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by David Mozer

[An introduction and overview to travel in Africa is available by clicking here.  If you are look for a bicycle tour to this country, this link might help you.]

The information below may have been extracted from a more comprehensive "Country Supplement" to the book "Bicycling In Africa".  For information on these publications click on the links.

Note: Being a homosexual, being perceived to be gay and associating with gay people has been criminalized in Nigeria and is subject to up to 14 years in jail and regular mob attacks.

Though Nigeria is extraordinarily rich in history, art and culture, it isn't generally considered a prime destination for tourism or bicycle tourism.  Through the last couple decades of the 20th century, the government did nothing to encourage or facilitate tourism and the private sector hasn't done much to accommodate it.  This was coupled with enormous problems with graft and corruption that reached into the most basic levels of business transactions.  For bicyclists, the traffic in Nigeria can be treacherous and urban air is heavily polluted, especially in the south.

Southern Nigeria is intense to the extent that it is not generally conducive to Northerners touring by bicycle. If you must cycle in Nigeria routes between Maiduguri, Jos, Kano and Sokoto are probably a better alternative. But even these regions have periodically erupted into civil unrest over ethnic or religious issues so due attention is encouraged.

Hopefully Nigeria is now entering a new era.  There were democratic elections in 1999.  The hope is that the new positive political structure will similarly transform other sectors of the society as well.

Collect a lot of information and talk to others who have visited Nigeria recently before setting off.

Links of Interest:

 

Regional Resources:

Benin
Cameroon
Niger

 
 

 

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