When getting around in Abuja, we advise you to hire a car for the day. We will be happy to assist you in finding a good car and driver that can take you around Abuja.
Should you choose to find your own way, we advise you to always take a green taxi with white stripes during your stay in Abuja and make sure to negotiate before getting in the taxi. Be aware that many of the green cars are quite old and might not live up to your private standards of a car. The prices are between 300 – 800 Naira depending on the length of the trip.
Coming to Abuja for the first time you will experience many interesting things, see scenarios you probably would not see in your home country and hear words you have not heard before. Whether you choose a hired car or a green taxi you should always be cautious when photographing – especially official buildings, officials or the like. A rule of thumb is to ask before photographing to be on the safe side. Like most of us, European, American, Asian or African, we all like seeing our picture, so another rule of thumb is to ask if the person you have photographed wants to see the picture. Nigerians are lovely people and are very friendly, so don’t worry.
A little knowledge does not take up any space in your suitcase, so reading up on Nigerian business and social habits is time well spent in order to avoid any misunderstandings if you come from a culture which is very different from Nigeria. In general, Nigeria is a fantastically interesting country with 3 large ethnicities. Igbo (south-east), Hausa (north) and Yoruba (south west). The country is predominantly Christian and Muslim. Nigerians are very polite people and formal when they meet others. Be prepared and take your time when greeting someone. Ask about the person’s health as well as his/her family’s health.
English is the first language for most Nigerians, but pidgin English is widely used and can be difficult to understand. Any major cultural differences can of course lead to embarrassing and unnecessary situations which can be avoided with a little prior knowledge.
One of the most common crimes experienced by travellers around the world is bag snatching and the theft of cash/credit cards etc. Unfortunately, Abuja is no exception. Pickpockets often work in groups in crowded areas like the open markets which we do not advise you to go to.
Should you experience the unfortunate situation of getting robbed, stay as calm as possible and do as you are told. Hand over your money and any other valuables without protesting. If you have been robbed, you should contact your country’s embassy or consulate in Abuja as soon as possible – call Nordic Hotel if you need assistance.