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Today we show some of the best visa-free travel spots for Nigerian passport holders. Accept the awesome challenge and add these amazing visa-free destinations to your travel bucket list. Don’t worry, tips for the best places to visit in each destination are included! Read on for some great visa-free travel inspiration!
These destinations are visa-free for Nigerian Passport holders as of the date of this post. Be sure to check with the country’s Embassy for updated document requirements before booking your flight.
1. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Cote d’Ivoire’s major urban centre, Abidjan, is a West African cultural hub that deserves a top spot on your travel list. If you are a Nigerian passport holder, visiting Abidjan is even more attractive, since you won’t require a visa and it’s only a 2-hour flight from Lagos when you fly direct with Air Cote d’Ivoire! Ready for an Abidjan adventure? Change your Naira to Francs and enjoy these 3 itinerary stops!
1. Bushman Café
This exclusive gallery/museum/hotel/restaurant/bar/gift shop is a great choice if you want a full Abidjan experience. At Bushman, you can get a taste of Abidjan’s history, mingle with locals and fellow tourists, and enjoy traditional Ivorian dishes, all in one location! Be sure to call and make a reservation before you head to Bushman Café to ensure you get the most out of your visit. The Christmas buffet at Bushman is a big draw for visitors all over the world. The Buffet costs ₦13,000 or 20,000 Francs for one guest, ₦22,000 or 35,000 Francs for a couple and ₦6,500 or 10,000 Francs per child. Book a table early to get all you can eat of everything from Alloco to Hamburgers. Bushman Café is located on Riviera-M’Pouto in Cocody, Abidjan.
2. La Pyramide
A daring architectural masterpiece in Abidjan’s central business district, La Pyramide is designed to look like a modern ziggurat. The building is a functional office space, making it a free sightseeing stop that will massively increase your Instagram likes. La Pyramide is located on Avenue Franchet d’Esperey in the Commerce District of Abidjan.
3. Marché de Treichville
If you’re inspired to try your hand at making a traditional Ivorian dish, or you just want to take a piece of Abidjan home with you, visit Marché de Treichville. Be prepared to spend a full afternoon, because this market is huge! A sprawling two-story building full of traders selling everything from vegetables to electronics, to second-hand clothes, there’s nothing you can’t find in Marché de Treichville. The market is located on Avenue Victor Biaka in Treichville Centre, Abidjan.
2. Accra, Ghana
1. La Tante DC 10 Restaurant
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Start off your Accra trip by dining at the must-see La Tante DC 10 Restaurant. It is located at the Accra airport and operates out of a Ghana Airways passenger jet. The famous aeroplane restaurant serves traditional Ghanaian dishes like Red Red and Yevugboma. The meals are quite affordable, you’ll spend about ₦3,600 or 55 Ghanaian Cedis for a main course with a side dish included. The restaurant is located opposite Marina Mall at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
2. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Once you’ve filled up with traditional Ghanaian cuisine, immerse yourself in the nation’s history by visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. This mausoleum/museum will take you through the life of Kwame Nkrumah, one of Ghana’s founding fathers and the nation’s first president. The park is open to the public from 10am to 6pm daily with an entrance fee of about ₦700 or 10 Ghanaian Cedis. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is located on High Street, Accra.
3. Republic Bar and Grill
Enjoy a nightcap and experience Accra’s unique vibes at Republic Bar. There are live music performances every Thursday from 10pm and if you prefer to be the performer, stop by on Tuesday night from 8pm for karaoke. Drinks start at ₦1,000 or 15 Ghanaian Cedis and meals start at a little under ₦2,000 or 25 Ghanaian Cedis. Republic Bar is located at No. 4 Asafoatse Tempong Street in the Osu neighbourhood of Accra.
3. Monrovia, Liberia
Liberia’s capital, Monrovia is a vibrant coastal city in West Africa. Liberia was founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves and is the continent’s oldest republic. Fly visa-free to Liberia and visit Monrovia to experience everything from bustling city life to laid-back beach living. Pick one or all three of these itinerary-stops and make the most of your time in Monrovia. Don’t forget to change your naira to the Liberian dollar.
Shopping on vacation is the true Nigerian holiday past-time. KaSaWa turns your shopping trip into a heartfelt act of charity. The founder, Tina Kpan, showcases pieces from local designers in a world-class fashion house. The proceeds from KaSaWa fund local charities like orphanages and homes for abused women. The store is located on 1st Street, Sinkor, Tubman Blvd in Monrovia.
2. Evelyn’s Restaurant
All that shopping can leave you hungry, meaning it’s time to savour some of Liberia’s traditional dishes at Evelyn’s Restaurant. This upscale lunch spot offers traditional Liberian dishes like Palm Butter and Rice and international dishes like sandwiches and spring rolls for under ₦3,000 or 8 US dollars (1,300 Liberian Dollars). Can’t decide between local and international? Visit Evelyn’s on Wednesdays for their $20 lunch buffet, that’s under ₦7,500 (3,250 Liberian dollars) for their all you can eat buffet! Evelyn’s is located on Gibson Avenue in Monrovia.
3. Ducor Palace Hotel
Now that you’re energized after your meal at Evelyn’s, take a walk through history by visiting the abandoned Ducor Palace Hotel. This former luxury hotel was built in 1960 and hosted dignitaries from all over the world, including the notorious Idi Amin. It closed in 1989, just before the First Liberian Civil War. It is now a popular tourist attraction, despite it being in ruins. The Ducor Palace Hotel is located on Ducor Hill in Monrovia. Ready for Liberia? Check out this post before your trip.
4. Douala, Cameroon
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[Image: Douala Cameroon. Photo credit: @kcaimo via Instagram]
Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, is a coastal city in southwest Cameroon. The bustling city has something for every kind of traveller. Get your CFA francs ready and check out these 3 pit-stops for a memorable experience.
1. Fun Center
This is the only bowling spot in Cameroon, but if bowling is not your thing, you can still have fun at this centre. Aside from the bowling lanes, there are various arcade games for kids of all ages, as well as a restaurant, making this an itinerary stop that will be fun for the whole family. There’s no entrance fee, but the games range from about ₦300 to about ₦2,500 (500 CFA Francs to 4,000 CFA Francs) per play. Fun Center is located at Bonamoussadi, Carrefour Santa Barbara in Douala.
For a taste of Douala’s bubbling nightlife, be sure to check out Le Discophage. This music bar celebrates all kinds of music and features live performances from up and coming bands. The décor throughout the bar pays homage to music legends from the 1960s till today. The bar serves cocktails and appetizers starting from about ₦5,000 (8,000 CFA Francs). Discophage is located at Rue Toyota Bonapriso in Douala.
3. Marché des Fleurs
Before you leave Douala, be sure to pick up some handcrafted souvenirs at the Marché des Fleurs. As the name implies (if you remember your secondary school French) many of the traders in this market sell flowers. The trip to Marché des Fleurs is worth it just to take in the sight of these beautiful flower arrangements. There are many traders selling all kinds of handcrafted trinkets as well, just be sure to exercise your bargaining powers to get the best deals. Marché des Fleurs is located on Street R1, 221 in Douala.