Posted by: RasmaSandra | June 9, 2017

Abuja, Nigeria


Abuja is the capital of Nigeria and is located in the middle of the country. The city skyline is dominated by Aso Rock, an enormous monolith that rises up behind the Presidential Complex.

abuja Aso-rock

Aso Rock is a huge outcrop lying on the outskirts of Abuja. This 400-meter monolith is the city’s most noticeable feature.

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The Presidential Complex houses the residence and offices of the Nigerian president in the Three Arms Zone on the eastern edge of the city.

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Nearby are the National Assembly

abuja supreme court of nigeria

and the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Abuja National Church of Nigeria

The National Church of Nigeria is the primary Christian place of worship. Nigeria has a substantial Christian population.


National Mosque Abuja was built in the 1980s and is located across from the National Christian Center.

The golden dome of the mosque is huge and shiny. It houses a library, religious school and a conference hall. Its golden dome and minarets dominate the city’s skyline.

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The largest public park in Abuja is Millennium Park in the Maitama District of the city. The park is divided in two by a river.

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On one side of the park a system of terraces show Nigeria’s mountain vegetation, savanna, deciduous forest, rain forest and brushwood. There are greenhouses with butterflies and tropical birds.

abuja Millenium_Park_Nigeria

The other side corresponding to the main entrance from the road is dedicated to the scientific knowledge of the natural environment. Here you’ll see a traditional Italian style garden layout. For walking there is a rectilinear path paved with Roman white travertine. Along the path is a series of fountains. This park has become one of the main attractions of the city.

abuja zoo

The National Children’s Park and Zoo is located in Asokoro District behind the Presidential Villa. It lies in the shadow of the Aso Rock.

abuja zoo crocs

This is the place for animal lovers with lots of wildlife including camels, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches, tortoises, wild cats and zebras.

Domestic animals are also part of this zoo. There are playgrounds and other activities for kids.

For refreshments there is The Lake Cafe.

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Abuja Arts and Craft Village can be found in the heart of the city. It is flanked on either side by magnificent monuments – Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center on the right and Silverbird Entertainment Center on the left.

abuja arts and crafts

The village offers visitors the opportunity to see and buy Nigerian arts and crafts. The shops are thatch-roofed huts with wall made from red clay. Here you can see and purchase sculpted warrior and horse statuettes, beaded necklaces and bracelets, African traditional masks and much more.

abuja arboretorium

National Arboretum Abuja was established for conservation of genetic resources for research, educational, medicinal and other scientific purposes.

Comfortable concrete seats offer visitors a chance to enjoy the surroundings and relax. The purpose of the Arboretum is to maintain the forest and other plant life in their original natural condition. This is also a great place for birdwatchers.

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Zuma Rock is a large monolith that is located just north of Abuja. At times it is referred to as the “Gateway to Abuja”. This rock is depicted on the 100 Naira bill (national currency). Zuma Rock rises 725 m.

As visitors get closer to the rock they can see a human-like face with engravings that represent eye sockets, the nose and mouth on the side that faces Abuja. It represents a lovely and unusual natural work of rock formation. This is a good place to picnic.

abuja Matsirga-Waterfalls-Kafanchan

Take the time to visit the Matsirga Waterfalls which cascade from a face of sheer rock through four natural tunnels. It is 25 meters tall and plunges down into a pool. Local people call the stream that feeds the falls “River Wonderful”.

The area has amazing natural beauty and you can see parrots and finches.

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  1. I always read your post gladly because you show little known cities for tourism.

    • That is exactly the main purpose of my armchair travel blog to inform people of all the possibilities out there and of places they might not have ever thought to visit.

  2. Wow. A beautiful city.

    • The more I write and explore the more beauty I discover in this world. Glad you enjoyed the tour.

      • You are very lucky. Keep discovering new places. Later in life. You will appreciate the beautiful places seen.

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    • You welcome.

  4. I always prefer the road less traveled…

    • Some of nature’s most lovely spots are the most beautiful and well worth seeing Lea.

  5. Beautiful pictures. Africa is one of the continents I have;t explored yet.

    • Thank you. I always try to find the best photos possible. It is time to take a look at Africa. I know someone from Latvia where I live right now who took his family on a safari this past summer and they had a fantastic time.

      • Yes they are beautiful.

  6. There is a big world out there I know nothing about.

    • It sure is big Bill. When I started this armchair travel blog I didn’t know half of what I know now and when the blog took off I was delighted. So now I roam the world around the Internet and write about all the amazing things people can see, do and explore out there.

  7. In case I have yet to tell you  Thank you so much for following my blog! I am new to blogging, so my site is a work in progress…hehe! I hope you’ll always find something there that will brighten you day. I will post anything that is related to hope, happiness, kindness, courage, self-esteem, self-care, sense of purpose, serenity, etc., etc. I will include photos, songs, videos, articles, original musings, top-10 lists, etc. Having said that, it’s time for me to go see what your site is all about. Happy blogging!


    • Thank you, Darryl. Good luck with your blog.

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