Last updated on March 18th, 2017; Published on August 7th, 2016
Lagos can be hectic! Sometimes, all you need to clear your head and get yourself together again is a change of environment. Day trips provide an excellent avenue for that. Whether you live in Lagos or you’re just visiting, here are five city breaks you can take without breaking the bank.
The Slave Trade Route, Badagry
Badagry is a coastal town located between Lagos and the Seme border, about two hours away from Lagos city center. The town has a deep and dark history as it served as a major port in the export of slaves. Badagry is home to the first storey building in Nigeria, several museums containing relics from the slave trade era as well as some really nice beaches.
Olumo Rock, Abeokuta
Olumo rock is located in the city of Abeokuta. The rock is notable for the significant role it played during the 19th century inter-tribal war involving the Egba people. Abeokuta is also famous for its Adire merchants and markets. This tourist attraction is located less than two hours away from Lagos and can be reached by either car or train.
Ibadan Zoological Garden
The Ibadan Zoological Garden is about an hour and thirty minutes away from Lagos. This is one of the foremost zoos established in Nigeria and has recently undergone a couple of upgrades to restore it to its former glory. To make the most out of your trip, try combining a visit to the zoo with other activities.
Lesser Known Beaches of Lagos
Lagos has a few beaches close to the city center. Often times, they are very crowded and quite rowdy. You can get away from the crowds by visiting lesser known beaches and resorts located within an hour from the city.
Olumirin Waterfalls/Ikogosi/Arinta Waterfalls
Osun and Ekiti states are located about 3-4 hours away from Lagos so this one is a long shot. But it can be and has been done in a day. A visit to any of these sites is best done over the weekend but if you set out early, you can in fact see all or a few of them in a day.
La Digue was my favourite of 3 Seychelles Islands I visited. Why? It was small enough to walk around in, there are more bikes than vehicles, it has beautiful hiking trails and of course, gorgeous beaches. These were my favourites in order of my preferences:
- Anse Patates
- Anse Cocos
- Anse Source D'argent
- Anse Pierrot
- Grand Anse
- Anse Severe
- Petite Anse
- Anse Songe
- Grand L'anse
Many people visit La Digue as a day trip from other islands. I definitely think it's worth spending a full day or two on the island.
On my blog, I will be sharing my 3-day itinerary and recommendations on how to spend your time in La Digue. If you'd like any specific information, please leave them in the comments and I'll include it in upcoming posts. 💙
Hello Seychelles! 😍 Your shakara is too much sha but I understand.
𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐠 + 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧, 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 (𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐) 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨.
1. Valid passport
2. Return flight ticket
3. Yellow Fever Certificate (for travellers from at-risk countries)
4. Travel Insurance (with coverage for Covid-19). I got mine through SafetyWing @nomadcities and can recommend them for their swift service
5. Confirmed accommodation bookings for your entire stay
6. Vaccination Certificate - to be considered fully vaccinated, you should have taken the complete shots of your vaccine type and a booster.
7. Otherwise, you need a PCR or Antigen test
8. Health Travel Authorisation: You need all the docs above to apply for one. It costs €10
9. Finally, you need patience, lots of it - particularly if you're an African (solo) traveller. See the linkinbio for context.
Seychelles is visa free for all Nationalities, including Nigerians. Getting past immigration *can be* daunting but once you're in, you'll find that it's a little slice of paradise on earth.
𝐏𝐒:I've begun sharing my experiences on 3 Seychelles Islands on my blog. Check it out for travel tips and inspiration to visit!
Me 🤝🏼 posting pictures from trips I took years ago!😌
Happy almost first anniversary to this photo from a trip to Lamu. I wrote a pretty comprehensive guide about this trip and our time on the Island. Check it out if you plan to visit and let me know what you think!