Things to Do During Nigeria's Rainy Season

Mud huts along the Niger River
Mud huts along the Niger River | © Jialiang Gao / WikiCommons
Photo of Anne Adams
23 July 2018

Rainfall takes centre stage at certain times of year in Nigeria, passing through from the south to the east and often times getting to the northern parts in late May and June. Though the rain continues in most parts of the country until October and November, there’s still plenty to do in the rainy season – here’s our pick of the best experiences around.

Take a dip in the Wikki Warm Springs

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Wikki Warm Springs in Yankari National Park | © Peter Garland / WikiCommons

Nigeria is blessed with various warm springs, each with its own unique features. The Wikki Warm Springs in Bauchi offers a nice warm dip after a long day out in the rain, and has a constant temperature of 31.1 °C (88 °F) throughout the year.

Check out Gurara Waterfalls

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Gurara Waterfalls | © Ahmeddizzy / WikiCommons

‘Nature in its purest form’ is the ideal way to describe the Gurara Waterfalls in Niger state, which are approximately 30 meters (98 feet) in height. The rainy season between May to September makes for the best time to visit the falls, because of their intensified flow and clear-crystal waters. Less than two hours away from the capital city, they offer beautiful scenery and diverse birdlife, and are a great spot to enjoy a family picnic.

Spend an evening at the new Afrika Shrine

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Fela Kuti's son, Seun, performs at the New Afrika Shrine | © satanoid / Flickr

There’s no better way to unwind during the cozy rainy season than at the New Afrika Shrine in honor of the legendary afrobeat king — Fela Kuti. The shrine offers live music, good beer and some of the finest Nigerian delicacies.

Take in Yankari National Park

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Male Lion on the plains of the Masi Mara
Male Lion on the plains of the Masi Mara | Gillian Lloyd / Alamy Stock Photo

Yankari National Park is the best spot to see the most diverse array of animals in Nigeria – a delight for any wildlife enthusiast. It has the largest surviving elephant population in the country (estimated at about 100 – 150 elephants), and it also supports the critically endangered West African lion, which is one of the four known populations that still exist. Other animal populations within the park include buffaloes, hippopotamus, roan antelopes, western hartebeest and several monkey species. Visitors can also enjoy a dip in the warm springs, take expeditions into the caves, or visit the park museum which houses historical artefacts. There are also over 350 species of bird found in the park. Of these, 130 are resident, 50 are Palearctic migrants and the rest are Intra-African migrants that move locally within Nigeria. It offers an amazing wildlife-watching experience during the rainy season.

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