Nigeria lies on the south coast of west Africa and covers almost one million sq. kms. The long sandy shoreline is dominated with mangrove swamps which give way to undulating tropical rainforest and oil palm bush. Further north is open woodland and savannah. The country has numerous rivers, notably the Niger. Nigeria is Africa's most populous country.

The climate is tropical with uniformly high temperatures. The coast has high humidity. Inland the rainy season lasts April to October with temperatures frequently above 38C. Northern Nigeria is subject to Saharan influence with dry dusty wind conditions.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Exploring the vast and diverse landscapes of Nigeria can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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