Nigeria is located in the Western Coastal region of Africa. This country has a population of over one hundred and ten million people making it Africa’s most populated country. There are about three hundred and seventy four ethnic groups with the Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba tripe being the majority. These large number of ethnic groups have inhabited the Nigerian soil for ages. This country covers an area of three hundred and fifty six thousand square miles. Lagos is the capital city of Nigeria. It is located on the sea side and is a major tourist destination. It is also largely known as a business oriented destination.
The attractive sites for tourism in Nigeria include unique wildlife found in various parks and game reserves, rivers, lakes, a long coast line of about three hundred and fifty miles where coconut and mangrove are in plenty. There are also beaches such as Bar, Lekki, Eleko, Calabar, and Badagry which provide many water sports. In addition, there is a rich culture which represents the simplicity and lifestyle of the local people. Others include; beautiful waterfalls, tropical rain forest, savannah grassland and swamps. Most of Nigeria’s visitors come from America, Japan, Western Europe and South East Asian.
The Yankari National Park opened in 1962. It is the most famous park in the country and has a lot of attractions. This park is located in the South-Eastern area of Bauchi which is the capital town of Bauchi State in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. It has an area of two thousand and fifty eight square kilometers. This park offers a wide variety of animals which include elephants, water bucks, baboons, hippos, warthogs, crocodiles and duikers. The best time to tour this park is during the dry season. This is during the months of November and May when many animals converge around the Gaji River. The Wikki Warm springs is situated within this park and it is famous for its warm waters which are ideal for swimming.
The hills of Benue are located in the middle of the belt region of Nigeria. These hills include the Ikyogen hills which have mild weather all year round; this ensures a steady supply of green vegetation ideal for grazing. Other hills include Bassa, Swern, Ushogbo and Silicon Hills where silica is mined for the manufacture of glass. Azumini Blue River Rose located in Abia State towards its boundary with Akwa lbom State is another attractive site for tourists. The river has crystal-clear blue waters where you have canoe rides and sandy beaches. The tourism industry is regulated and promoted by the Nigerian government through the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Orientation.