by Chisom Winifred
Travel is an essential part of hospitality as it generates revenue for local economies when tourists spend money in hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Also, visiting new places occasionally helps restore both body and mind, and having new experiences takes your mind away from the day-to-day problems.
It is a common notion, however, among non-travellers that a fortune is required before one can embark on an adventure, sadly this isn’t true. Are you familiar with the notion of an adventure fund? An adventure fund is money set aside over a period of time to cover the cost of holidays and adventures. This is the plan you need to bring you closer to a vantage point where the trips you’ve dreamed about start to appear as the reality they are. Call it the trap you set to catch your dream trip and feel it in your hands. Adventure funds make your travel goals an attainable reality.
West Africa is truly a unique place to explore endless adventures, a rich history, beautiful scenery and friendly people. Before you embark on this journey however make sure you are armed with your Nigerian passport, Yellow card and of course wads of cash!
Here are African countries you can visit on a ₦200,000 budget from Nigeria via a road trip;
Ghana is a beautiful country and boasts of many tourist destinations such as national parks, museums, beaches and canopy walkways. The transport fare to Accra Ghana from Lagos Nigeria is between ₦14,000 – ₦18,000. Affordable hotels are between ₦10, 000- ₦20, 000 and a plate of food in a regular restaurant costs about ₦1,000 to ₦2,000 per meal.
Cameroon is a buzzing country with large industrious cities complemented by vast areas of mountains, rainforest and beaches. There are over 230 local languages complementing the English and French-speaking regions. Nigeria and Cameroon share a border in Ikom local government in Cross River. From the border in Ikom to Bermenda in Cameroon costs about ₦3,500 – ₦4,000. Affordable hotels are in the range of ₦10,000 to ₦20,000 while a plate of food in a regular restaurant costs about ₦1,000-₦2,000 per meal.
Togo is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. In the capital, Lomé, is situated the multistorey Grand Marché bazaar and the Fetish Market, offering traditional talismans and remedies relating to the vodun (voodoo) religion. The cheapest way to get from Nigeria to Togo is to board a bus from Lagos which costs about ₦12,000 – ₦20,000.
Affordable hotels in Lome cost about ₦10,000-₦25,000, and a plate of food in a regular restaurant costs about ₦1,000-₦2,500 per meal.
4. Benin republic
Benin Republic is relatively small and has only a few large cities that beg to be explored and rewards travellers with museums, wonderful architecture and markets that are truly memorable. From Mile 2 in Lagos to Seme border takes about 1 hour 40 minutes and costs about ₦600-₦1,500. Affordable hotels are in the range of ₦10,000-₦15,000. A plate of food in a regular restaurant costs about ₦1,000-₦2,000 per meal.
Now that you know the countries you can visit on a reasonable ₦200,000 budget from Nigeria, there are precautions you must take note of. While we agree that the prospect of going on a road trip out of Nigeria to other West African countries can be exciting, you need to be prepared for the experience you may likely face on the road.
- Your Nigerian Passport and Yellow Card are essential
Every traveller is expected to provide their passports for stamping, as well as the Yellow card for proof of health before they are allowed to cross the border. Travelling without these documents can ruin your trip with border delays and denied entry.
- It is cheaper to change currencies before setting out
It is advisable to visit any bank of your choice or ‘bureau de change’ to trade your Naira for the currency of the country you’re visiting before you set out. The exchange rate at the border is usually higher and less beneficial. You don’t want to be at the mercy of local money traders at the border as you can easily be cheated.
- You will cross most borders by foot
Before setting out on your trip, ensure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes as aside from several stops that the bus will have to make for you to stretch your legs and buy food, you will have to cross most borders by foot.
For most of these borders, especially the Ghana border, it is a long trek which will be very difficult if you are not prepared for it. It is advisable to carry a small handbag where you can keep your valuables, so that when you are crossing the border, you only need to hold it and leave the other entire luggage in the vehicle.
Now you know African countries you can visit on a reasonable budget, YellowLyfe Tours is your go-to travel agency in Nigeria, for curating travel experiences for people that find essence in travelling, and enjoying the moment. We travel locally and internationally so book a trip with us today!
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