The African city of Abuja yields hidden treasures for the adventurous traveler. The Jewel of Nigeria offers its visitors a choice of beautiful waterfalls, excellent local cuisine, decent retail outlets and sport and family entertainment. The Gurara Waterfalls are a great option during the rainy season. The capital city of Nigeria offers diverse landmarks and attractions, including the Abuja Millenium Park where one side of the park is devoted entirely to the preservation of nature and which includes the Millenium Tower and Cultural Center and Museum, the national mosque, Aso Rock – a 400m-high monolith which was carved by the power of water, the Ecumenical Center and National Assembly Complex.
The Wuse Market or Art and Craft Village is ideal for all things retail and a great place to find local food, drink and traditional gift items. Restaurants in Abuja offer food items from budget to higher quality, including seafood, steak, noodles, French and French-African fusion dishes. For golf enthusiasts there is the IBB golf course and the kids will enjoy a day trip to the National Children’s Park and Zoo. Tree lovers can spend the day at Abuja’s national arboretum or spend the day at Pedum or Jabi Lake. The Aso Rock presidential villa is another interesting option for a day trip while some visitors may simply wish to picnic in the park and enjoy an unhurried African atmosphere. The Hilton Pool, Gym and Fulani Bar is a nice stop off point at the end of a day of sightseeing.
Abuja has three main weather patterns during the year, namely warm, humid-rainy and very dry and hot. Scattered between these major weather patterns are the North East Trade Winds. This brings dust haze mixed with very dry, cold conditions. The rainy season runs from April to October but days and nights are warm. During the dry season temperatures can reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit and it is very uncomfortable at this time of year. By contrast, the nights can drop to 53 degrees Fahrenheit. The Durbar festival at Katsina is a well-known celebration at the Islamic Eid holiday. The annual film festival is held in September.
The very hot weather during the dry season (October to April) deters many visitors at this time of the year. This means that travelers willing to embrace the extreme heat, may be able to get a good deal on both airfare and hotel rooms. Avoid festival dates, as fares and rates increase at this time, as with the Eid celebrations and Christmas holiday periods.