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Maiduguri

I was in Maiduguri (Borno State) several times between Non 2003 and March 2004.

Maiduguri has a little airport with almost no facilities at all, exept that u can buy a coke or fanta there. Even if you get there from another national destination, like in my case, Lagos, you have to pass trough imigrations again. Sometimes it is a real hastle, because of the local oficials trying to find out what it is you are doing there and actually I dont recomend going unless you really have something specific buissines there.

The first thing you will have to find out is where to stay in Maiduguri. I am sorry to say this, but what you will find differs significally from occidental standarts.
There is one big hotel with some 250 rooms or so, but it was never mantained after it´s constuction (I think 1997) word on the street is that it was constructed by the goverment as a cover up for some iligal stuff. So consequently there is no AC, sometimes no water in the room or toilet, no elevator, most of the time no lights and obviosly no service... over night with the gigant bats flying around and the lizards everywere it gives a great atmosphere, HA!
There are some more smaler hotels, and the very best of them is the Saharan Hotel, some 20-30 minutes from the airport (Taxi should be between 500 and 800 naira). You will have: a basic restaurant, roomservice, AC, a fridge, usually water and electrical power during some hours a day. and at night fall till midnight or so. Ah and sky TV, but ypou can´t select the channel, so usually you get to watch Nigerian soap operas (just bring a book).
The city it self is very safe, I was never afraid in any situation and I could walk around everywere with my digital camera in the hand. People are very friendly and alway7s willing to help you out. Almost exclusivly they are muslems and still obey to some of the ancient sheria laws. Like they take yor right hand if you get caught stealing and stuff like that. the local language is Hausa and most people don´t speak english or only very limited. Things to see in Maiguguri... not really. It is pretty close to Lake Chaad and I heared there are some trips that one might do during the day to see some animals, but unfortuatly I never had the time to do so. If you ever have to go there, please tell the stuff at Saharan Hotel I send them my best. and if you need a driver that knows his way around, ask them for Usman, he drives a white subaru and is pretty responsible. He charges 3500 a day I think.

have to leave now, will put some pictures soon...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very safe, nice people. Dry climat,
  • Cons:Nothing to do, very very Hot (some 200 KM from the saharan desert),
  • Last visit to Borno State: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 6, 2004
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  • ErikP's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2005 at 8:33 AM

    These little bikes have different names in different places. In the North they are called "Achabas". Look for a number plate and a driver who isn't on dope.

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2004 at 11:32 PM

    Welcome at VT! Nice start, interesting page!

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