Nigeria’s relatively young capital sits in the centre of this lively and vibrant country. Just over 30 years old, it was extensively planned but sits between two major monoliths that stand sentry-like – Aso Rock and Zuma Rock – the latter of which is known locally as the ‘gateway to Abuja’.
Flights to Abuja deliver you to a purpose-built city split into logical and easy-to-navigate districts. For business or international malls head to the Garki or Central Districts, while the city’s main market is in the Wuse District. After you’ve tried your hand at haggling, stop in the nearby Unique Gardens for an alfresco drink or meal at one of the park’s small dining spots. Thanks to the international flux of the city, restaurants serve a range of cuisines within every price bracket.
In Maitama, the city’s most upmarket area, it’s easy to find a refreshing coffee or a more relaxing drink whilst enjoying the best views of Aso Rock from Millennium Park.
After dark, things get lively; with live music playing every night of the week throughout the city.
Beneath the structure, Abuja has plenty of culture if you know where to look. It’s famous for its pottery, and there are several studios you can visit including the Bwari Pottery Village on Old Suleja Road, which acts as both a cultural exchange and educational centre to train new potters. For local presents to take home the Abuja Art and Craft Village in the Central District has handmade clothes, bags and jewellery on offer.
As one of the wealthiest cities in Africa, there is a raft of new skyscrapers under development and the range in accommodation reflects the city’s newfound popularity of Abuja. Check in to everything from modern luxury apartments to local B&Bs, and even Nordic-inspired boutique hotels.