What you need to know about travelling to Enugu
Other locations in Nigeria:
1. General Travel Tips
- Ascend The Kopje, a granite hill rising above the south-west corner of central Harare, for great views of the city
- Visit the National Archives to see original works of some of the greatest names in Africana exploration and missionary
- Experience shopping the traditional African way at the open flea-market at Mbare
- If you’re into hip hop and house music there are select nightclubs in various places in Harare. Please check with Guest Services at the hotel
- National Art Gallery in Harare’s CBD.
- Travel Tips - Enugu
- General Travel Tips
- Shake hands with people upon meeting and departing
- Bargain in the local markets, such as Obolo
- Do not walk or drive with valuables on display
- Do not take photos of bridges, military personnel and installations
- Sample some of the wonderful local soups such as egusi and okro
- As a vegetarian expect to be limited to only a few non-meat dishes on the menu
- Expect to hear people speaking in English and Igbo
- Visit Enugu's former coal mines, Onyeama and Okpara
- The Mmanwu festival takes place in November, featuring various types of masquerades
- The New yam festival known as 'iwa ji' is held between August and October, marking the harvesting and feasting of the new yam
- Many people are offended by photography. Even when taking photos of crowd scenes, ask people’s permission first
- Visit the renovated Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, host to the 2009 U17 Football World Cup
Location & climate
Enugu is an inland city located in the south-east of Nigeria, about 240km from the coast. Approximately 2.5 hours drive from Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri, there is easy access to major shipping ports. Abuja is within 5 hours drive and Lagos is 7 hours drive away.
Enugu is the capital of Enugu State and is home to a population of around 750,000. Despite being surrounded by hills the city itself lies on the plains, at the foot of an escarpment, in the Cross River basin. Enugu's legacy, its coal mines, are dotted around the outskirts of the city.
Enugu is located in a tropical rain forest zone and as such has a tropical-savannah climate. It is humid with an average daily temperature of 26.7 °C (80.1 °F), which don’t ever vary enough to get cold. The lowest temperatures occur in the month of November and only drop to 20.30C (68.54F), whilst the hottest month of February can reach over 36C (97F). The rainy season lasts from March to October when rain storms are infrequent and heavy. The Harmattan wind is something to watch out for during December and January, when for a few weeks dust clouds are common.
In February 2010 Enugu’s principle airport, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport temporarily closed, to allow the runway to be expanded to international status. Until this is completed passengers will be served by the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, located 122 km south of Enugu.
Enugu is at the centre of a major crossroads, between the A3, or the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway and the A232 from Benin City, Asaba and Onitsha to the east and the A343 from Abakaliki to the west. Note that traffic drives on the right.
It is not advisable to use public transport, as taxis and long distance buses are poorly maintained and are often uninsured. Use the services of a local driver from your hotel or if you are confident that you know where you are going hire a car. Avoid driving at night other than in city centres and keep to main, well lit roads. Be particularly vigilant when sitting in traffic jams or at traffic lights at night and keep your car windows and doors locked.
The international dialling code for Nigeria is ‘234’. When dialling from Nigeria to another country dial ‘009’ before the dialling code of the destination country. The time zone is GMT + 1.
The following emergency numbers can be dialled directly from a cell phone or landline:
- Police 199
- Ambulance 999
- Fire 999
The area code for Enugu is 042.