One of the most unbelievable places on Earth is Lagos in the country of Nigeria. Every inch of space in this city is well-packed with bustling locals and vehicles, noise is rampant especially at their lively market and the town is bursting through its edges as if the land where it stands will never be enough. Truthfully, Lagos is one place where chaos is observed at best, but think of it as a trip filled with adventure and uninterrupted fun, then it can be flipped into a vacation worth remembering.
Feel free to rub shoulders with the smiling inhabitants and taste their way of life, traverse through the saturated streets with hopes of doing something new, visit their well-appointed libraries and museums and go ride the tide of energy channeled by every breathing human being. Lagos is not for the faint-hearted as movement and constant activity happens here, and if you want to shake things up a bit, then jumping right smack into the city center is an option that would suit you best.
Dubbed to be the seventh most populous city in the world, Lagos has a total city area of almost 386-square miles and is inhabited by almost 16 million Lagosians. The town of Lagos is specifically divided into the Island and the Mainland. On its western bank lies the Lagos Lagoon and is known to be one of the main entry points to the town.
The central business district is said to be found in Lagos Island where high-rise buildings dominate the place. On the other hand, the mainland is where most residential areas are situated, along with universities and travel destinations.
Despite the fact that Lagos is mainly an African city, the climate of this bustling community lies under the tropical wet and dry climate, or ‘tropical monsoon’. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Lagos experiences two sets of rainfall within the year, which is specifically in April until July and/or October through November. Rainfall is best observed in the month of June, which can even go as high as 13 inches of precipitation.
On the contrary, February, is the hottest month with an all-time high temperature of 33.1-degree Celsius. Due to the fact that Lagos is a part of Nigeria, sunshine is also at its finest with the town experiencing an average of 1845.4 hours of daylight for the whole year.
If traveling by air, you shouldn’t worry as getting in and out of Lagos is the same as landing in any super city through organized aviation. Most tourists would have to pass through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which is one of the biggest airports in Africa and your first stop when traveling to any part of Nigeria.
In an annual scale, the airport caters to both international and domestic flight, serving almost 5.5 million passengers. Upgrades and plans of adding a new terminal are already in the works, so your aviation experience would be even better when going to Lagos.
When you’re already inside Lagos and want to travel from the town’s island and mainland areas, the best bet for you is to use the Lagos State Ferry Services Corporation. The said transportation outfit caters to regular trips to and from the two main Lagos territories and this mode of transport is one of the best ways to get around.
Currently, Lagos and its well-meaning government are on the move to create a sophisticated railway system and highways for more convenient tourist and local travel.
What to See: Nike Art Gallery
No, this isn’t an edifice that houses your freshest and most vintage version of running shoes, but a gallery put up by Nigeria’s prided Nike Davies-Okundaye. Currently, the Nike Art Gallery is an avenue for locals and tourists to know and feel how Nigerian art transformed over the years via the multitude of paintings, installments and artifacts preserved in this spot.
If you want to experience how it feels like to be a Lagosian even for a day, then don’t miss a trip to the Jankara Market. Dubbed as Lagos’ biggest marketplace, Jankara is known to sell everything that you can think of while in Lagos. If you’re obsessed with traditional and locally-grown herbs, medicines, potions, powders, clothes, beads and jewelry, then be prepared to lose some of your hard-earned cash.
Lekki Conservation Centre
Lagos is said to have never let go of its natural blessings, unlike the rest of Africa, and the Lekki Conservation Center is a living testament to this. Currently operated through the relentless efforts of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lekki is now a cistern of wetlands, wildlife and fauna that Lagos is known for.
Tafawa Balewa Square
Feast your eyes on the plethora of architecture and sculptures frozen in the famous Tafawa Balewa Square. The said place of interest is named after an infamous Nigerian official and has been transformed into something that the Lagos community would definitely be proud of. Some of the few monuments that you’d be able to see here include the Remembrance Arcade and the towering Independence House.
Lagos, Nigeria – National Geographic magazine
Lagos Tourism: Best of Lagos, Nigeria – TripAdvisor