The Political and capital city of Nigeria, Abuja is famed for being the most planned city in Nigeria, with developers and relevant agencies sticking to the master plan drawn up for the city when it became designated as the new federal capital of Nigeria in 1980.
Abuja is one of the most visited destinations in Nigeria by the Business Traveler. From lobbying for government contracts to networking and meeting potential business partners and carrying out appropriate regulations for businesses, Abuja is the number one destination for the Nigerian Business Traveler.
There is, after all, an area designated the Central Business District. Abuja is home to some of the splendidly designed luxury hotels and resorts. It is perfect for the ideal vacation and getaway, either on the solo, with a loved one or with the family.
Abuja also has a dozen of places to see and visit such as the Millenium Park, the National Children's Park and Zoo, Jabi Lake among others. Abuja may be more popular for its political landscape but nature has a very interesting bit to offer in the city. For the enthusiastic climber and hiker, looking for more hills, rocks and difficult terrains to conquer, Abuja has a number of them that can be explored and added to your road count.
As the nerve center of power in Nigeria, Abuja is home to several important government institutes and the buildings that host them. The impressive National Assembly House, The National Mosque and the National Church of Nigeria whose edifices tower impressively into the Abuja skyline. The Ship House which houses the Ministry of Defense, The ECOWAS Secretariat, The Millenium Tower, The National Stadium.
Aside from man made efforts to beautify the city of Abuja, the city is blessed with a magnificent terrain and landscape, undulating hills and towering rocks such as the Zuma Rock which can be sighted as far away as Niger state is one of them. Lush green fields and vegetation is also a predominant feature of the city of Abuja.
Every time of the year is a great time to visit Abuja, visitors and tourist might well be prepared to come with thick clothing, jackets, sweaters, boots, head warmers, lip balm and lots of Vaseline to combat the dryness and cold of the harmattan. The best times to visit Abuja is during the dry seasons from October when the rains have lessened.
Abuja is accessible by air through the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport for international and domestic flights. And by road through the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway, Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and by rail through the Lagos-Abuja Standard Gauge Railway.
Abuja has a well-defined and planned road network that interconnects different parts of the city together. The city council provides transportation in the form of Mass Transit Buses popularly known as ‘El-Rufai Buses’. Taxis are also very common and easily affordable as the wide road network doesn’t allow for long periods of traffic jams characteristic of other major Nigerian cities. Bikes and tricycles are barred from the city center. And can only be found on the outskirts and border towns.
Visit Aso Rock the gigantic rock formation that the federal seat of government is named after, take pictures with the rock at the backdrop to show to envious family and friends. Take a trip to the scenic Millennium Park whose open fields and untouched virgin nature is ideal for picnics and relaxation.
A must see in Abuja is also the Wonderland Amusement Park, located in Abuja’s Central Business District, it’s a great place to go with the kids and there is something fun for adults to do there as well. Other attractions are the Abuja Stadium, Zuma Rock and the National Assembly.
You can have a swim in Gurara Waterfalls, at a little entrance fee that is overly worth it. You should also check out Abuja's Arts villages just across Sheraton Hotel, Ladi Kwali Pottery center, and Julie Useni Zoo.
The nightlife in Abuja is vibrant. Visit the Elephant Bar at the Sheraton hotel Abuja for good music and food. Other bars to visit are the Play Lounge, Avatar lounge, and Dome, to mention a few.