Flights to Kano
With a population of nearly 2 million people, Kano is the second-largest city in Nigeria after Lagos. It’s in the northern part of the country and is not generally a big destination for tourists. Even so, there are several great attractions to see while you are here.
Kano is served by the large Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (airport code: KAN), and you will have the option of booking with three airlines to get a flight to Kano from South Africa. If you fly with either South African Airways or Egyptair, you will have one connection in Cairo. You can also fly with Ethiopian Airlines and have two transfers in Addis Ababa and Lagos instead. Either way, the total flight to Kano from Johannesburg will be around 27 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Kano:
Kogin Kano Game Reserve
Also known as the Falgore Game Reserve, this park is south of Kano and it continues farther south to become the Lame Burra Game Reserve. It’s about 100km from Kano so it will take a couple of hours by car to get there. The park is mainly savannah and woodland, and the Kano River runs through the region. Animals in the park include hippos, lions, and gazelles. Several species of monkeys are also found, but usually in the southern portions of the park.
These stone pits are more than 500 years old, and have been used to mix indigo dye for all that time. The dyes are mixed and fabrics are dyed for sale. You can walk around the pits and buy different styles of blue-dyed cloth.
Gidan Makama Museum
The Gidan Makama Museum is the main museum in Kano, and it houses a mix of exhibits from different eras in the city’s history. The building was built in the 15th century and is a national monument in itself. Inside, there are galleries of historical and cultural artefacts.
Like most African cities, the open-air market is one of the best attractions for visitors. You can find it right in the centre of the city, and the narrow walkways between the stalls are usually very busy. They sell fruits, vegetables, meat, leather goods, pottery and jewellery, and a wide range of imported household goods. Because there is not a lot of tourism in Kano, there are not many people selling traditional souvenirs though. The Sabon Gari market in the “foreigners quarter” is another good place to go open-air shopping.
Kano Zoological Garden
The local zoo is to the south of the city and they have a collection of about 200 animals, mostly consisting of native African mammals. It’s a nice little park though you will see a more natural setting if you were to go to the game reserve instead.
When Should You Visit?:
Kano has a hot and dry climate though the cooler temperatures in the evenings do make things a little more comfortable. It will drop between 15 and 20 degrees at nights compared to the afternoon highs. It will be hottest in April and May when it reaches nearly 40C (104F), and only 30C (86F) in December and January. They do have a rainy season, usually from early July until the end of August, during which the temperature is the same as during the winter.