Last updated on March 22nd, 2017; Published on June 30th, 2016
I recently took a whirlwind tour to explore some parts of South-Western Nigeria. It’s safe to say I have a fair idea of what a hangover feels like. I sometimes like to travel fast but this was on another level. I returned home with a bad stomach and a splitting headache. But like a hangover, the events leading up to it were absolutely worth it!
My journey began late on day one. I was supposed to leave Lagos at 7am but ended up leaving at about 1:30pm due to circumstances beyond my control. Naturally, I arrived at my first destination in Ibadan late and made a sprint for the Cocoa House.
This 24-story building was once the tallest building in Nigeria, built entirely from proceeds gotten from – you guessed it – Cocoa. Today, it houses different business ventures as well as the Odu’a Museum and Hall of Fame. Visiting the museum was an absolute delight.
Unfortunately, like most museums in Nigeria, pictures aren’t allowed inside and I’m a stickler for the rules :). Anyway, this is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Ibadan. I have been to a few museums in Nigeria and I have to say, this comes out top on the list.
The displays were spot on and the curator who gave us a tour was so passionate about his job. He talked about each of the displays telling us stories and the history behind them. One of the things I remember most was him showing us a small pot that was used to hold a charm to make one light and almost invisible.
And then one of the guys on the tour said his grandfather once told him that he (the grandfather) walked to Saudi Arabia using this charm. All I could think of was, this has got to be commercialized! I also loved the Yoruba folk music that kept playing in the background as we moved through the galleries.
Lastly, we got a pretty cool view of the city of Ibadan and its famous brown roofs from the pent house of the building before bidding Oyo State goodbye and heading off to our next stop.
We arrived at a place called Erio-Ekiti about two hours and several bad roads later. Tired and hungry, I was more than happy to call it a day. I got a little rest and prepared to do it all over again the next 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!