Abuja: Nigeria’s Beautiful Centre

Abuja, the nation’s capital and the eighth-most populous city in Nigeria, is appropriately so as it is indeed the centre of the country. Dominated by rocks and hills, Abuja, with over 1 million people and a square metre of 1,769km2, is easily one of the most beautiful places in Nigeria. Vivid colours of nature, breathtaking landscapes, a virtually unmatched range of outdoor activities, friendly, hospitable people, and the subtle charm of the nation’s capital all combine to make the city one of Nigeria’s favourite holiday destinations.

Arriving Abuja

Fly with your favourite airline, Ibom Air, into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, located approximately 20 km (12 miles) West Abuja. Taxis operate between the airport and the main towns as tour companies offer shuttle services.


  • Enjoy a close-up look at wildlife like lions, zebras, deer, snakes, etc. at the National Children’s Park and Zoo
  • Hike to get a view of the city at the Wonderland Twin Peaks in Kukwaba 
  • Marvel at traditional pottery being hand-made at Bwari Pottery Village. 
  • Spend half a day at Usuma Dam and enjoy its natural ambience. 
  • Visit the indigenous community and witness the daily life of the Gbagyi people of Abuja.
  • Pamper yourself at Beauty Addict Spa. 



  • Wonderland Twin Peaks – Attraction for hikers

Abuja’s best hiking trail. You can see some of the city’s most thrilling views from the summit of the Wonderland Twin Peaks. From its peak, you get a 360˚ view of the beautiful city of Abuja from the City Gate to the Minister’s Hill.

The Hill is a little steep for beginners, but you can get to the peak with the correct dose of enthusiasm. You are making the climb will reward you with the beautiful sights of the city. Settle in for a picnic, catch your breath, take pictures, have fun and tuck some beautiful memories in before you begin your descent down the Hill.

Quick bite: After morning hiking, pop into any restaurant of your choice close by for a dine-in meal or opt for contactless delivery options.


  1. Bwari Pottery Village

For visitors who plan to escape the hustle and bustle of the central city, this location is a great place to begin. The Pottery Village, located just after the Landmark Nigerian Law School, Bwari, boasts beautiful black and white painted, single-storey, thatch-roofed houses that conjure a nostalgic pre-colonial feeling.

The pottery pieces on the display log are simply fabulous. Local guides are around and ready to take you on a step-by-step oral tour of the world of pottery. Trip accomplished! Endeavour to buy some gifts for your family and friends. 

Quick bite: Spend the day reconnecting with nature and then whet your appetite in your choice eatery. Visit Usama Lower Dam, a non-flowing, artificial dam located at Ushap, Bwari, along the Duste-Bwari road in the north-western part of Abuja, approximately 25km from the city centre. This dam offers hiking, canoeing and fishing opportunities.

  1. Millennium Park

One of Abuja’s most famous public parks, which sits on an 80- acre lush land. Located near the former Presidential Palace and flanked by some presidential and administrative buildings. The park is simply one of the main attractions of the city of Abuja.

The park is divided into two by a serpentine-like river such that one part of the park with a wide array of evergreen wood and large rocks remains untouched. The other part is open to the public who leisurely, taking in all of nature’s beauty. 

Quick bite: Cantina Restaurant offers an assortment of mouthwatering and delicious Italian dishes.

  1. Jabi Lake Mall

Jabi Lake Mall is a 15-minute drive from the city’s centre. The Jabi Lake Mall offers an all-in-one experience as you can choose to browse through its shopping mall, watch a movie at any cinema hall, go boat riding in the Jabi Boat Club or admire the natural scenery by the Jabi Lake. Outside shopping, there are many other activities such as cycling, horse riding, boating, karate or nature watching.


Quick bite: Jabi Lake Mall houses several restaurants that can help you unwind.

Leaving Abuja

Following Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Road (Airport Road) allows you to behold the Zuma Rock, one of Nigeria’s famous landmarks, located north of the airport.


 At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, your favourite Ibom Air would be waiting to take you back to your destination. 


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