Nigeria: Northern tribes and medieval Emirates

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Trip Duration Days - 12 Days

Nigeria: Northern tribes and medieval Emirates

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Prospective photographic journey (this is a pioneer route) to the tribal heart of northern Nigerian. Aníbal Bueno will be the expert coordinator in tribal photography and Martial the local guide who will allow us to reach various traditional Nigerian tribes. The trip is very complete since apart from visiting and living with fascinating tribes, we will discover very authentic markets, vernacular architecture and virgin landscapes such as the Alantika Mountains. We will travel by minibus, 4x4 and motorcycles to reach the most remote villages.
Date: 23 November - 4 December 2021

Duration: 12 days - 11 nights

Guide: Aníbal Bueno, ethno-photographer expert on African tribes.

The price includes:
- Todos los traslados
- Vuelos domésticos
- Transporte en minibús y 4x4
- Guía fotógrafo español
- Guías locales
- PC = Pensión Completa
- 2 botellas de agua mineral de 1,5 litros por día, por persona
- Alojamiento según itinerario
- Entradas a los lugares detallados en el itinerario (museos, parques naturales, poblados, etc.)
- Excursiones mencionadas en el itinerario
- Pagos por tomar fotografías en las tribus

Price does not include:
- Vuelos internacionales
- Bebidas en las comidas
- Visado y gestión
- Propinas
- Seguro básico de viaje (no incluye cancelación). La compañía aseguradora ofrece ampliaciones al seguro básico incluido que cubren cancelación. Consultar precio y condiciones.
- Cualquier servicio no indicado en el itinerario
Arrival in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria. The local guide will be waiting for you to help you with the visa process (you will arrive with a pre-visa) and will accompany you to the hotel. Accommodation at Frankville Hotel or similar. FB


After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will leave the modern Nigerian capital to enter the Hausa territory, land of the Emirates. We will have a picnic on the way to reach Zaria in the afternoon. We will also make a stop to observe the vernacular architecture. After a long day of driving, we will finally reach Zaria. Accommodation at Fabs Hotel or similar. FB


Breakfast. Morning street circuit to photograph the last buildings built in the vernacular style in the center of Zaria; The royal palace, the interior of the great mosque and some private houses stand out. After this morning tour, we will continue to the tribal center of Nigeria, in the state of Niger. Late afternoon arrival in Zuru, an ancient emirate and well known for tourism. Accommodation at Lelna Suites & Hotels. FB


After breakfast we visit one of the regional markets and we will have the opportunity to meet local tribesmen with scarifications. Then, we will continue to the territory of the dukkawas to meet its people. We will have the opportunity to compare different samples of tattoos and scarifications, as well as the customs and traditions of the different generations of this unique ethnic group. With a local guide we will learn about their lives and their day to day and we will enjoy a culture that has remained almost intact in modern Nigeria. Walking between villages, we will be able to appreciate the different decorative styles of the architecture of the dukkawas (huts and barns) that is quite unique. After visiting the Dukkawas, we will continue to the small kingdom of the Cicipus, an animist ethnic minority that preserves much of its ancestral culture. Accommodation in local houses with mosquito nets. FB


After breakfast with our hosts we will head towards the tribal territory of Kamberis. We will make a stop to introduce ourselves to the Kamberi culture. The Kamberis have maintained their animistic religion, the custom of tattooing and piercing their lips, and their traditional adobe architecture to this day. Around the “capital” Kamberi - market day - there are other Kamberi clans that we will visit. From the hand of a local guide, we will know facts and curiosities of their culture and we will be able to interact with them. We will have a picnic (fruit, cooked vegetables, yams). After saying goodbye to the kamberis we will continue to Zuru. Accommodation at Lelna Suites & Hotels. FB


Breakfast and farewell to the most tribal Nigeria. Return to the world of the Hausas. Arrival in Kaduna, a city founded by the British as a military base. Tour of the city to see the remains of the colonial past. Accommodation at Hotel Seventeen Limited or similar. FB


Breakfast and quiet return to the capital. Stops in tribal Gwari villages, to admire the beauty of their clay barns and watch to greet the last tattooed grandmothers of this ethnic group. Arrival in the city and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at Frankville Hotel or similar. FB


Breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch the domestic flight that will take us to the Lamidato (type of emirate ruled by a Fulani sovereign) in Yola. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Interview with the local lick (king) and tour of one of the markets in the area. Introduction to the ethnographic reality of the State of Adamawa. Accommodation at City Green Hotel or similar. FB


Morning breakfast and route to the base of the Alantika Mountains. It is a fertile and very isolated region where the last tribe lives where their women cover their sex with acacia leaves. Arrival to Nasarawa, Koma capital and chat with the licked Koma. After giving ourselves permission to visit the tribe, we will go to the base of the mountain to walk to one of the animist Koma villages on the mountain. 2h of walk and arrival to the town. Introduction to this fascinating and unique tribal world. Accommodation in tents. FB


At dawn we will have the last photo session with the komas before they go to work in the fields and collect water and firewood. Final dance of farewell and descent to the plain to continue to Yola. Rest at the hotel. Accommodation at City Green Hotel or similar. FB


Breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch a domestic flight to Abuja. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Last afternoon visits. It is possible to organize an excursion to the granite rock of Zuma or visit a traditional Gwari village. Accommodation at Frankville Hotel or similar. FB

Breakfast. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch the international flight home. FB


Nigeria Visa
A valid passport and a visa are required for travel to Nigeria. Applications for visas have to be made in advance in the travelers’ home country. Last Places assists all travelers that need any type of help applying for the visa at the embassy. We recommend that passports be valid for six months from date of arrival.

Vaccines and Travel Health
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential for entry to Angola. Malaria is prevalent in the country. It is wise to take Malaria prophylaxis when travelling through Nigeria. Water supply is unsafe to drink, visitors should drink bottle water. Visitors should also avoid eating unpeeled, unwashed fruit and vegetables.

Security in Nigeria
Nigeria has a population of almost 200 million souls… This means that any small incident can develop in a complicated situation. We recommend to avoid travelling during political elections because some roads get cut or curfews are sometimes applied. Some parts of Northeast Nigeria should be avoided despite that Boko Haram movement has moved to Lake Chad islands and is decreasing. The roads in that region (Borno State) are full of military controls that make the trip tiring. In big cities as it happens all around the world, one must be careful during night time and be careful with personal belongings (mainly passport, vaccination card, and money) in crowded markets where pickpocketing is always active.

When to go to Nigeria
Travelers can visit Nigeria all year around. Last Places offers trips to Nigeria all year around. Said this, dry season –from November till April- allows the traveller visit all tribal areas while whet season – from June till October- may limit the visit to certain regions.

Currency in Nigeria                                                                                       
The unit of currency is the Naira (NGN). If you bring Euros or US Dollars is better you change them in Lagos where you will get a better exchange rate than in other cities. Generally, foreign credit cards are not accepted in many of the stores or even hotels in Nigeria.

Time in Nigeria
GMT +1

Electricity in Nigeria
In Nigeria the power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Communications in Nigeria
The international dialing code for Nigeria is +234. There are many more mobile telephones than fixed lines and the mobile coverage is much more reliable than fixed lines. Internet access is available at most major hotels.

Language in Nigeria
The official language of Nigeria is English. The lingua franca of Nigeria is Nigerian Pidgin - an English-based creole language. Pidgin is most widely spoken in the Niger Delta, where most of its population speak it as their first language. The language shares a lot of similarities with English-based creoles found in the Caribbean, particularly Jamaican Patois. In Northern Nigeria Hausa is the dominant trade language and a guide fluent in Hausa is needed to communicate with local people in markets and rural areas.

Prohibitions in Nigeria
Do not take photographs of government buildings, or use binoculars near them, as this could lead to arrest. We recommend asking permission to people before taking their picture to avoid uncomfortable situations.