Abuja Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Nigeria’s made-to-measure capital, Abuja was founded during the boom years of the 1970s. After the divisive Biafran War, the decision was made to move the capital from Lagos to the ethnically neutral centre of the country. Clean, quiet and with a good electricity supply, sometimes Abuja hardly feels like Nigeria at all. There’s not much to do, but it’s a good place to catch your breath and do some visa shopping.

What to do in Abuja  for 24h to 48h? 

Places of Interest

Wonderland Amusement Park

Wonderland amusement park is one of the best places to visit in Abuja. This amusement park has leisure gardens used for relaxation, rides, and games for people of all ages. Close to the National Stadium, just a few minutes from the city centre.

wonderland amusement park

Millennium Park

For a picnic-like event, the millennium park offers the best place to be. You can pick up your friends and head to this place for all kinds of fun activities. The good thing is that there is no entrance fee to this well-groomed natural park.

millenium_park_abuja

Jabi Lakeside

Abuja has a man-made lake in the city. The jabi lakeside is the artificial lake in the heart of the city. The lake offers an experience that one can only get in a beach. It is also a perfect place for picnics. Here, you can ride on a horse or rent a boat cruise.

Gurara Falls

This is one of the best waterfalls near Abuja. There are amazing scenes to watch in here with rock formations, beautiful flora full of trees and bushes as the best things to see here. For maximum pleasure, you should visit this place during Christmas, when there are many people from different wal. of I,es.

Yankari National Park

Yankari National Park is near Abuja and offers a perfect place for people who like outdoor activities. Visiting the park is a guarantee to lots of fun given the fact that there are many animals in the park.

National Assembly

You can also tour the National Assembly if you want to have a view of what goes down in parliament. Apart from listening to the ever-thrilling debates, you can also admire the architecture of the parliament.

Bush Bars and Life Camps

There are many small bars in or small drive outside town. The bars serve roasted meat and cold beer. You can try the bar just near the British High Commission. The experience in any of these bars will make you yearn for more night out experience in bush bars in Abuja.

Where to Eat?

 Spice Platter

The Spice Platter gains a place on this list for very simple reasons. It incorporates both a restaurant and an art gallery to give a unique feel to the venue. This interesting combination contributes to a positive ambience for the venue. The interior of the restaurant is simple yet classy, with art adorning the walls.

 Yahuza Suya Restaurant and Bar

Whenever you are on holiday or a business trip to Abuja or Nigeria for that matter, try and ensure you don’t always visit the established tried and tested chain restaurants! The Yahuza Suya is a restaurant that focuses on one of our local delights in Nigeria, Suya.

Serendib Restaurant and Bar

Location wise, this is a beautiful place to have lunch or dinner, as it overlooks the Jabi lake. There is a rooftop canopy, so you can eat out even if the weather turns against you. The menu itself is a fusion of Sri Lankan and Indian dishes, with some Chinese options too, if you’re feeling picky.

Serendib Restaurant and Bar

Chez Victor

The Chez Victor is known for its French and African cuisines. It is located in a small and local residence, which leads to its cosy and peaceful atmosphere. The staff are friendly and polite. The menu itself is changed very often to keep the dining experience special and fresh. To top this off, it’s affordable, so your bank balance can sleep easy!

Chez victor

 Dreams

Dreams is the best place to get all the local Nigerian dishes, with a large range of local specialities. A bit like Yahuza Suya, they provide the popular Suya dish. However, the difference with Dreams is that the must have dish is the catfish.

Where to Shop?

Exclusive Stores

Exclusive Stores is located on Ademola  Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse 2.  The three-storey building has in its halls various goods ranging from food and beverages, pastry and coffee shop, a sports shop, boutique, electronics, jewellery, pharmacy, furniture and fittings. From the entrance, the setting in the shop is aesthetically well-placed with different signs to give you directions to where various goods are displayed.

Grand Square

Grand Square to an extent is the eclectic superstore in Abuja, when it comes to the range available for shoppers. Strategically located within the Central Business District, it can easily be accessed. It has a good-sized car park and security is very good. Open from 8:00am to 10:00pm, it’s convenient for shoppers with varying free time. It comes across as a bona fide one-stop-shop and there’s always a sale or discount going on.

Next Cash & Carry

Next Cash & Carry is one shopping mall you are sure not to miss. Situated in Jahi (not to be confused with similar-sounding Jabi nearby), it has gained popularity since it opened last year. The mall stocks both food and non-food items and offers customers access to virtually all they need to shop with at least four ATMs.

Flight Attendants Discounts in Nigeria?

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Nigeria . Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!

Any Cool Experience to share in Abuja?

How was your layover in Abuja?  Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

Have a great layover !

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