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Pied_Kingfisher_Nigeria

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis, Lekki Peninsula, west of Lagos, Nigeria

Image Credit: 
Ian Nason

Birding tours

We know of no tours organised to Nigeria.

Guides

There are no specific birding guides in Nigeria although Phil Hall and Dr S. Manu at the Ornithological Institute in Jos are able to help anybody interested in birding in Nigeria.

Trip reports

An excellent trip report "Birding in Nigeria" by Nicholas Athanas can be found in the Nigerian Field, a publication of the Nigerian Field Society, Volume 69 Part 1, April 2004. This covers a trip undertaken to Obudu Plateau, Bashu to see the Grey-necked Picathartes Picathartes oreas, Sunvit Farm near Agenebode, Okomu National Park, IITA and the Amurum Forest near Jos. 

Logistics

Independent birders can fly into Lagos, Abuja and Kano from throughout Africa and Europe. However, it is advisable to make adequate advance arrangements for internal travel within the country prior to arrival as Nigeria is not currently geared up for international tourism on a large scale.

Safety

Nigeria has a bad reputation overseas for lawlessness but if sensible precautions are taken, it is possible to travel throughout the country without any incident. It is important though to seek local advice before undertaking any journey. See the following 2 websites or your own embassy website for safety and travel information: US Travel and UK FCO.

Safety issues encountered are no different from those met in many other African countries. Guidebooks, travel companies and websites provide much of the advice one needs, but some key points warrant repetition here. (1) be aware of the risk of malaria, seek current advice, sleep in a sealed tent or under a net and take prophylaxis as recommended. (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling). (3) do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun too long. Ensure you use sun-block and drink plenty of water, and wear a hat. (4) The incidence of Aids is high. (5) Ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles.

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