If you find yourself in Ibadan, chances are you’re just doing so to avoid Lagos. I came over the border from Benin and made my way into the city just for one night. Locals say that Ibadan is one of the largest cities in the world based on area alone. And although I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it certainly is huge. Quite dirty and noisy, Ibadan is very much a crash course introduction to Nigeria. However, the people are incredibly friendly, and if you get lost, as I often did, they’ll definitely point you in the right direction.
Things to Do and See in Ibadan
Honestly, there’s not a whole lot to do or see here. Most tourists are just on the road and use it as a resting point between the border of Benin and their next destination in Nigeria. The old quarter of town might be worth a little bit of exploration, and the National Museum here is actually quite good as well. Other than that, there isn’t much.
Where to Eat in Ibadan
You’ll find lots of chop bars in Ibadan, so getting things like fufu and soup isn’t going to be hard at all. If you’re looking for fast food, there are a couple of fried chicken places on every street.
Where to Stay in Ibadan
There is a bit of a strange variety of hotel opportunities in Ibadan. For the most part, the hotels are really expensive, or on verge of crumbling to the ground. I managed to find a decent option in a place called Motel Liberty on Liberty Road. It’s got big rooms, a little chop bar below, and it’s secure. It’s not in the nicest part of town, but if you’re just looking to crash a night, it’ll do the trick.
Getting Out of Town
There are various stops for minibuses throughout the city, and these will go in most directions. You can get to Lagos quite easily, and Benin City isn’t a problem either. You can also ask for the shared taxi park, where you’ll catch share taxis to any destination. In your own vehicle, the road network is pretty good, but there are no signs anywhere, so have a map or GPS handy to figure it out.
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