The Kaduna National Museum (Alli Akilu Road) is open from 9am to 5pm every day. Of particular note is its Gallery of Nigerian Prehistory, from Neolithic times, as well as the recreation of a Hausa village behind the museum.
Although most of Kaduna's market (off Ahmadu Bello Way) is given over to consumer goods, you can also find gifts for friends and family. Good things to buy are textiles, leather goods and
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The countryside surrounding Jos, especially the area around the plateau, is worth a visit although it is advisable to check the security situation before visiting. In Jos itself, you'll find an interesting exhibition on the pottery and artefacts of the central Nigerian people at the Jos National Museum, open daily from 8am to 5:30pm. A more unusual museum is the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture, which houses impressive full-scale reproductions of the country's monuments.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa's beating heart is a dramatic metropolis and stage for the ups and downs of a fascinating country. A trip on a City Slicker bus, which you can hop on and off at your leisure, will take you to major tourist attractions. Good places to hop off are Constitution Hill (constitutionhill.co.za) and Gold Reef City. In Ormonde you'll find the illuminating Apartheid Museum (011 309 4700; www.apartheidmuseum.org), which is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.
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A sojourn to Alfa Alimi's mosque would not go amiss if you are looking for some of the true local culture. Built in 1831, it is relatively undeveloped as a tourist destination but a beautiful example of the importance of Islam in the city and surrounding region. Further afield are the Owu Falls, the highest natural waterfall in Nigeria, and surrounded by lush rainforest.
Ilorin allegedly has the biggest traditional pottery workshop in Nigeria, so head to Okelele to find some ...
Ibadan is the largest city in Africa in terms of geographical mass; it was the former capital of Southwest Nigeria excluding Lagos, and currently the capital of Oyo State. Its historic significance in the affairs of the declining Oyo Empire have endowed it with a lot of places to see and its location at the edge of the Yoruba heartland makes it an ideal location for an exploration of the major Yoruba cities.
There is charm in the old colonial city seen in the sprawling rusty rooftops ...
A confluence of economic activity, Gombe is positioned with Borno and Yobe to the north and east, Taraba and Adamawa to the south, and Bauchi to the west. Lying in the savannah lands of the Gongola River basin, Gombe has been a major agricultural centre since the railroad was built in 1963.
The State boasts captivating hilly scenery, best seen by driving along the Filiya - Kushi-Burak-Bangunji road to places like Tula, a historical town with an old prison and mud hut housing.
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
Despite recently emerging from a decade-long civil war, Freetown is blossoming rapidly. Enjoy the nightlife and beaches before the tourists rush in, in droves.
Take in the 500 year-old cotton tree, a symbol of freedom since former slaves settled the town in the 1800s. Thousands of bats fly out en masse at dusk. From here, hop to the Sierra Leone National Museum. Take in views of the city from Tower Hill, ocean views from Lumley Beach and Krio architecture around Pademba Road.
The Igbo capital of Enugu has regained its vitality from its heydey when coal was discovered in the area. Enugu which means 'top of the hill' became the capital of the Eastern Region in the 1930s.
The National Museum (58 Abakiliki Road) is open from 8am-4pm daily and features Igbo artefacts, textiles and weapons.
For an authentic experience, head to the city's main market, Ogbete Market. Hanidcrafts, souvenirs and household goods are also available at the Artisan Market and ...
Senegal's capital is a frenetic study of contrasts, brimming with creativity. Take in the views with the chi chi Dakarois, from the roof of the Hotel Independence on Place de l'Independence. Stroll through the IFAN museum on Place Soweto. Go for a beach dip at N'Gor or on private beaches such as at the Hotel Lagon 2 or Plage de la Voile d'Or. Better yet, catch a 20 minute ferry ride to the tranquil ële de GorŽe. After sunning, pop a long dress over your bikini for a tour of Dakar ...
Many visitors use Cotonou as a starting point en route to Ouidah or Porto Novo however the city offers a number of intriguing points of interest such as the Italian neo-renaissance cathedral in the city centre. For cultural performances contact the Centre Culturel Franca located near the French Embassy on route de l'Aeroport (21 30 08 56) or the American Cultural Centre on Boulevard de la Marina (21 30 03 12).
The incredible Dantokpa market near the Boulevard Saint Michel ...