Top 4 Places To Visit During An African Holiday
As one of the most interesting continents in the world, it’s odd that more people don’t choose to travel around Africa when they take a long holiday. Many spend months driving around and visiting all the states of America, so doing the same in an area that takes up almost six percent of the earth’s surface should be just as appealing, right? Well, don’t worry if you aren’t in agreement yet because I intend to spend the next few minutes highlighting some of the sights you might be able to see, and that is sure to bring you round to my way of thinking.
So, without further delay, here are the top 5 places you must visit when spending a few weeks traveling around Africa…
1 – The Pyramids
Although many of the relics are now housed in museums all over the world, the pyramids still stand tall in the Egyptian desert, leaving all who encounter them completely breathless. Most people don’t realise there are well over 100 pyramids in this country, so don’t worry too much about heading to the main tourism hubs. You’ll be able to book tours from all major cities to see your constructs of choice, and with over 8000 years of history behind them, you’re guaranteed to learn something new.
2 – Mount Kilimanjaro
Heading south, you’ll soon come across the little known about the country of Tanzania, which is where the largest mountain in Africa is located. Nicknamed “the roof of Africa” by western explorers a few hundred years ago, it’s easy to see why they chose such a name. This mountain is like no other I’ve ever seen, and it rises up into the heavens way past the cloud-line, meaning the views from the summit are to die for. Anyone wishing to climb Kilimanjaro should definitely book through a reputable tour provider, because the sheer size of this thing makes it a rather daunting solo trek.
3 – The Congo Jungle
The Democratic Republic of Congo had been experiencing some significant issues during the 1990s relating to war, but this has ceased to be the case mainly nowadays, meaning tourists are free to visit the region again. A trek through the congo jungle (or even a helicopter ride over a section of it) will change your view of the world forever. It goes on, and on, and on for what seems like forever, illustrating the true power and beauty of mother nature.
4 – Victoria Falls
There aren’t many waterfalls in the world that compare to those in Zambia, and although this country is notoriously difficult to navigate due to the lack of good roads and petrol stations, many people consider Victoria falls to be the 8th wonder of the world. Columns of spray can be witnessed from miles away, which is unsurprising really considering that local people refer to them as the largest sheets of falling water on earth.
So there you have it, my friends. I hope you’ll now give Africa a second thought and start performing some research into how viable a trip here would be for yourselves and your whole families.
Moving to Nigeria? What’s the Cost of Living There?
Moving to Nigeria isn’t something that should be taken lightly, and many people are confused about the cost. The truth is, relocating to Nigeria can be pretty expensive, and the worst thing expats can do is underestimate that cost. Expats who don’t know much about the West African country might assume that it’s fairly affordable, however; Nigeria’s two largest urban centres are ranked as two of the most expensive destinations in the whole world! Lagos and Abuja were placed 39 and 64 out of 214 destinations evaluated in 2012. Read on to learn more about the costs of living in Nigeria:
Rural, smaller areas in Nigeria can offer expats a much less expensive lease of life, and perhaps even cheaper houses in Nigeria property centre. However, many people wanting to make the move to Nigeria concentrate on the two aforementioned expensive destinations; Lagos, and Abuja.
A lot of people are probably wondering how an African country, often spoken of for it’s high levels of poverty, crime, and corruption, can beat massive economy’s such as Berlin and Barcelona when it comes to living costs. This is actually all down to the oil boom of the 70’s, which consequently allowed economic expansion and population growth to explode. Saying that, for around 90% of the Nigerian population, the cost of living is around 1 dollar per day.
Expats in Nigeria will have to spend a lot more to live the kind of lifestyle they’ve grown accustomed to. Unfortunately, it’s not very balanced in Nigeria; the rich are so rich they could take 5 baths a day in their money, while the poor are literally dirt poor. Some expats estimate that moving to Nigeria in a family of 4 will require the household to earn approximately 200,000 dollars per year or more, while a single person with less to worry about might be able to get by on around 60,000 dollars per year.
Housing Costs in Nigeria
If you’re not one of the lucky expats who has had housing included in an employment package, you’ll need a huge salary or allowance to cover the cost of living there. A one bedroom bungalow in Abuja can cost you as much as 3,000,000 NGN, equivalent to 20,000 dollars. You’ll also need to prepare to fork out for extra security due to Nigeria’s rising crime rates.
Transport Costs in Nigeria
The cost of driving and public transport in Nigeria can carry some unexpected costs. The only public transport worth taking in Nigeria, is a driver you’ve hired to navigate through the traffic for you and get you from A-B. Much of the public transport available over there isn’t safe at all and should be avoided! Costs to hire a driver can vary, but if you have an employment contract you should try to negotiate one that way.
Moving to Nigeria With Kids
It isn’t recommended that you move to Nigeria with Kids in tow, as the cost of sending them to a private school to get the education they deserve is close to university fees in the UK. Local institutions aren’t an option for expats, so consider this carefully when you have kids!
Moving to Nigeria definitely won’t be cheap, so make sure you’re prepared for the costs before making any big commitments!