Flights to Lagos
Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria, and in fact the second largest city in Africa. There are approximately 10 million people living in Lagos and the surrounding metropolitan area, so it’s a busy place. Lagos is a modern city and you can find anything you might need here, as well as a selection of tourist attractions.
Serving flights to Lagos is the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (airport code: LOS), which is quite large and handles more than 5 million passengers each year. You will be able to get one non-stop flight to Lagos with Arik Air from South Afirca; otherwise, you will have one connection in your flight. South African Airways has a route through Cairo, and Kenya Airways has a stop-over in Nairobi. Alternatively, you can fly with Ethiopian Airlines and connect in Addis Ababa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lagos:
There are more than a dozen beaches in Lagos so you should not have any trouble finding a place to do a little sunbathing and swimming. Lekki Beach is the best spot to go right within Lagos, but the Bar Beach, and Eleko Beach are a bit of a drive outside the city. For an afternoon boat trip, you can hire a boat to take you to Tarkwa Beach.
National Museum of Nigeria
There are many museums in Lagos but the National Museum of Nigeria is the main one, and they have a huge collection of Nigerian artwork, statuary and other artefacts that cover ancient and modern times. Various collections of brass and terracotta items are featured, and one entire gallery is dedicated to the crowns of past leaders. Local handicrafts are also on display, as well as for sale. Be warned, you cannot take your camera inside.
Nike Art Centre
Much more than just a gallery, you can actually get accommodations at the Nike Art Centre and participate in many different artistic workshops. Through the centre you can also arrange tours of Lagos, focusing on many artistic and cultural destinations. You could also just tour their facility for the afternoon and see what crafts are for sale.
Omo Forestry Reserve
The Omo Forestry Reserve is about 135 kilometres northeast of Lagos and can be reached by one of the main expressways in the area. There are nearly 150 known species of bird living in the park, and the area has a hilly but forested landscape that borders on the Omo River. You can also sometimes see monkeys and elephants in the reserve as well, though the lush forests and birds are the main draw here rather than the larger animals.
Lekki Conservation Centre
To the east end of Lagos, is the Lekki Conservation Centre where you can follow the groomed trails and boardwalks through the local wetlands to see crocodiles, duikers and Bush bucks and monkeys. It’s a very peaceful place and a good opportunity to see some wildlife without having to leave the city.
When Should You Visit?:
Lagos has a very constant temperature profile across the year so it is going to be hot no matter when you go. It is generally around 30C (86F) though it is a bit warmer in February through April. Those months can get to 32C (90F) during the day. Rains will be very heavy from May until July, and again in October so you may want to avoid those months so you can get around easier outdoors.