The best time to go to Nigeria is during the Nov-Jan dry season. This is a huge country, however, and the climate varies hugely by latitude as well as altitude; the arid Sahel in the north sees little rainfall, beginning in Apr, whereas in the humid south the rains can start as early as Mar or even Feb. The north is hotter – often reaching well over 40°C, although the heat is dry. The cooler south, averaging 32°C, suffers from high humidity. From Dec, the Saharan harmattan wind cools things down, but brings unpleasant dryness and dust. Mar-May are the hottest months.

January marks the arrival of the Harmattan (dry) season. The weather is slightly chilly in the early hours of the morning and at night, but during the day it can be hot and and dusty. Visitors should bring a cardigan and wear sunglasses.

If you are visiting Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja, go to Jabi Lake for a boat ride or go horse riding along the lake. On Saturdays you can join hundreds of other people for a jog. In the city, buy souvenirs at Wuse Market or at the Abuja Arts and Craft Village. Visit Jevinik for a taste of local food including jollof rice, pounded yam, eba and moimoi. Alternatively you could take a short drive to Abacha Barracks for some mouthwatering, well-spiced grilled fish and chips.

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