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  The jingle bells are ringing, the aroma of spiced rice fills the air, and the excitement of Christmas is bubbling over. But amidst the joy of family reunions and delicious feasts, a familiar feeling might creep in holiday fatigue. If the bustling streets and crowded markets are starting to feel overwhelming, it’s time to consider an escape hatch. Forget expensive trips abroad – this year, let’s explore the hidden gems of our own beautiful Nigeria for unforgettable and affordable Christmas getaways.
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Beach Bliss

Affordable Christmas Getaways
Craving sunshine, salty air, and the soothing lull of waves? Nigeria’s coastline boasts over 800km of sandy paradise, offering sun-soaked adventures for every budget.
  • Lagos Leisure Lake: For easy access from the bustling city, Lagos Leisure Lake provides a relaxed retreat. With affordable chalets, boat rides, zip lines, and a stunning sunset view, it’s perfect for a weekend getaway with friends or family.
  • Elegushi Beach: Known for its vibrant atmosphere and proximity to Lagos, Elegushi Beach offers a taste of both local flavour and beach bumming. Sample grilled seafood from street vendors, soak up the sun and dance to the energetic beats of Afrobeat music.
  • Calabar’s Beaches: Venture down south to the picturesque shores of Calabar. Relax on the pristine Golden Sand Beach, explore historical monuments like the Duke Town Chapel, or witness the thrilling Christmas Calabar Carnival for a truly unique experience.

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Mountain Magic

Affordable Christmas Getaways
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Seeking cooler temperatures and breathtaking vistas? Nigeria’s mountainous regions offer a welcome escape from the tropical heat.
  • Obudu Cattle Ranch: Nestled in the heart of the Cross River State, Obudu Cattle Ranch is a highland haven. With scenic cable car rides, cascading waterfalls, and a refreshing lake, it’s ideal for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Cosy chalets and luxury hotels cater to a range of budgets, making it a versatile option.
  • Jos Wildlife Park: For a touch of the wild, plan a trip to Jos Wildlife Park in Plateau State. Spot lions, giraffes, and monkeys roaming in their natural habitat embark on guided walking safaris or witness the breathtaking scenery of the Jos Plateau. Budget-friendly guesthouses and campsites are available nearby for a truly adventurous holiday.
  • Ikogosi Warm Spring: Experience the wonders of nature at Ikogosi Warm Spring in Ekiti State. Witness the unique confluence of a warm and a cold spring, believed to possess healing properties, and explore the lush rainforests surrounding the site. Affordable accommodations in nearby towns make it a budget-friendly option.

City Explorations

Affordable Christmas Getaways
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Not everyone craves the outdoors. For those who embrace the urban buzz, Nigeria’s cities offer vibrant cultural experiences and historical discoveries.
  • Ibadan: Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural tapestry of Ibadan, the “City of Brown Roofs.” Explore ancient palaces, bustling markets, and hidden food gems. Sample delicious amala at affordable local restaurants, and catch a live music performance at Dugbe, a popular cultural hub.
  • Kano: Discover the ancient city of Kano, a centre of Islamic learning and traditional craftsmanship. Wander through the bustling Kurmi Market, learn about leatherworking and dyeing techniques, and visit the impressive Gidan Rumfa, the palace of the Emir of Kano. Affordable guesthouses and homestays offer a local experience within your budget.
  • Abeokuta: Hike to the iconic Olumo Rock, soak in the panoramic views of the city, and explore the nearby Ogun State Governor’s Museum. Feast on the local delicacy, pounded yam with egusi soup, at roadside stalls, and visit the fascinating Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library for a glimpse into Nigerian history. Budget-friendly lodging options ensure a comfortable and affordable stay.

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  • Plan your budget and book: Christmas is a popular time to travel, so secure your accommodation and transportation early to avoid inflated prices.
  • Travel within your means: Opt for budget airlines, trains, or buses for affordable transportation. Utilize local modes of transport like okadas or shared taxis once you reach your destination.
  • Embrace local experiences: Stay in guesthouses or homestays for a deeper cultural immersion, and indulge in street food for an authentic taste of the region.
  • Support local businesses: Buy souvenirs from artisans and craftspeople, eat at local restaurants, and utilize local guides for tours and activities.
This Christmas, forget the pressure of extravagant vacations and embrace the beauty that lies within our borders. From sun-kissed beaches and majestic mountains to vibrant cities and hidden cultural gems, Nigeria offers a treasure trove of affordable Christmas getaways waiting to be discovered. So, pack your bags, grab your adventurous spirit, and embark on a memorable Nigerian Christmas escape that will leave you feeling refreshed, Featured Image Source: Afrolady
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This article was first published on 21st December 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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