Abuja Nigeria: Amazing Tourist Attractions to Visit in the FCT

Nigeria is a very beautiful place overall but as it is in every corner of the world, some spaces in the country look a whole lot better. Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria and as such, a whole lot of effort was put into planning Abuja Nigeria.

Abuja Nigeria is located in the centre of the country within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The FCT was created in 1976 via Decree No. 6 with the FCDA, as the Sole Agency responsible for the Planning, Design and Administration of the FCT.

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It replaced Lagos as the capital on 12 December 1991 and is currently one of the ten most populous cities in Nigeria after a 2006 census that put the population at 776,298.

Abuja is known for being one of the few purpose-built capital cities in Africa, as well as being one of the wealthiest and so one can expect to see some fantastic sights when they visit Abuja Nigeria.

Here are some tourist attractions in Abuja Nigeria that you should check out:

Zuma Rock

Zuma Rock is a large monolith. It rises spectacularly immediately north of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, along the main road from Abuja to Kaduna off Madala, and is sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to Abuja from Suleja.” Zuma Rock rises 725 metres (2,379 ft) above its surroundings. It is depicted on the 100 naira note.

Millenium Park Abuja

This is the largest public park in Abuja which can be found within the Maitama District of the city. A river divides the park into two sides. One side of the park is dedicated to nature and the other side which is close to the main entrance from the road is dedicated to the scientific knowledge of the natural environment.

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The park was conceived and designed by the Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti and it is one of the main attractions of Abuja Nigeria.

IBB International Golf & Country Club, Abuja

IBB International Golf and Country Club is an exclusive club with access for members only. Entrance fee for membership for ordinary members N750,000 (Seven hundred and fifty thousand naira). Overseas Members N100,000 (One hundred thousand naira). Junior members N32,000 (Thirty-two thousand naira). Their annual subscription fees are as follows: N75,000 (Ordinary Members); N60,000 (Overseas Members); N15,000 (Junior Members).

IBB International Golf Course Abuja is a standard golf course located on Aso drive in the city of Abuja, Nigeria. It occupies a land area of about 101 hectares with a number of ponds, lakes streams and bridges. It is few minutes’ drive from the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja and from the Aso Villa.

National Children Park and Zoo

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Located in Asokoro District behind the Presidential Villa. There is enough wildlife here to admire for any animal lover. Domestic animals are housed in the zoo so it is a great attraction for kids. For their pleasure, there are also playgrounds and other fun activities for kids along “Toddler’s lane” The Lake Cafe is also open if one requires a hot snack or a freshly made milkshake. It is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Abuja Art and Craft Village

The arts and craft village lies at the heart of the city. It is hemmed in by Shehu Musa Yarádua Centre and the Silverbird Entertainment Centre. One can view and buy some of Nigeria’s art and craft works that represent the culture of Nigeria. One can find beaded necklaces, traditional leather bags, tie and die (Adire) clothes and bracelets. Food and drinks stalls are available.

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National Arboretum Abuja

The Arboretum was established to play significant roles in the conservation of genetic resources for research, educational, medicinal and other scientific purposes. The main purpose of the Arboretum is to maintain the forest and other plant life within it in their natural condition. Visitors have comfortable concrete seats to relax, meditate and study the environment.

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Padam Lake

Lies behind the Presidential villa, sprawling towards Nasarrawa state. It is accessible through the Abuja Park and Zoo or through a less known route from Udoma Street in Aso Rock.

Abuja National Mosque

The Abuja National Mosque, also known as the Nigerian National Mosque, is situated on Independence Avenue, across from the National Christian Centre. It is the national mosque of Nigeria, built in 1984 and is open to the non-Muslim public, except during congregational prayers.

The complex includes a conference centre capable of serving five hundred persons, the office for the Islamic Centre, and residential facilities for the imam and muezzin.

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