What to see in Abuja
Primarily a destination for business travellers to Nigeria, Abuja is a little short on must-see tourist attractions. It is, however, a docile and welcoming city - and offers a gentle introduction to Nigeria for those nervous of flying directly into Lagos.
While in Abuja, be sure to check out the Wuse Market, where souvenir shopping is the order of the day; and the Abuja National Mosque, a gorgeous building with an enormous dome and towering minarets. Tourists to Abuja are also urged to make the short excursion out to Zuma Rock - an outstanding geological feature, which appeared on the shortlist of the New7Wonders campaign. Several ambitious tourist attractions.
Since the large majority of foreign visitors to Abuja are businessmen, the city is not blessed with a wealth of kids attractions. In fact, many of Abuja's best sights will be unsuitable for children, either because they will not find them especially interesting; or because they might feel unsafe and intimidated.
Abuja is, however, home to Wonderland - the region's first ever amusement park. Featuring rides, shows, games and even faux castle walls, the entire family will enjoy a day out at Wonderland - and it is a great place for expatriate families in Nigeria to meet each other and allow their children to socialise in a safe and comfortable setting.
The Abuja Millennium Park is also a nice place to spend an afternoon, with expansive green spaces and walking paths. The park is home to several important local sites, including the Cotton Tree and Aso Rock.
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