Port Harcourt, locally "Iguocha" is located in the South-Southern part of Nigeria and serves as the capital of Rivers State. Lying along the Bonny River, it is the largest city in the Niger Delta State. The Governor-General of Nigeria, Frederick Lugard established Port Harcourt in 1912 as a port for the exportation of coal from Enugu. The new city was originally inhabited by the Ikwerre and Ijaw people. Frederick Lugard on August 1913 renamed the newly established Port-town after the secretary of state for the Colonies, Lewis, Viscount Harcourt.
Port Harcourt became the center of Nigeria's economy when crude oil was discovered in Oloibiri in 1956. The discovery of oil in the city led to the stratospheric modernization and urbanization. The rapid growth of the city has been attributed to its position as the commercial nerve and industrial city of the old Eastern region.
Port Harcourt is an important Nigerian industrial center, as it houses a large number of multinational firms as well as other industrial establishments. Port Harcourt boasts eye-catching tourist centers such as the Port Harcourt Zoo, Cultural Centre, Tourist Beach, Rivers State Museum, Isaac Boro Park, Garden City Amusement Park, Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, and Cultural Centre.
Airlines operate regular domestic flights to Port Harcourt especially from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Oil workers and expatriates book regular flights to the city. Visitors and tourists to the city should make early reservations to enjoy the best rates and fare.
December to January have the lowest amount of rainfall, hence referred to as the dry season in Port Harcourt. The 2 months is the peak season for visiting the oil-rich Port Harcourt city is this time after the rains have subsided. Outdoor activities are performed especially during the dry season. Festivals also held during this period, especially the Nwaotam festival, Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Port Harcourt experiences 10 months of continuous rainfall from February to November. It is very wet at this time and rain is a daily occurrence. Tourism is at the lowest during the wet season as moving around is hampered by the rains. Visiting the Parks and Zoo is almost impossible.
Although, An Industrial Center With A Large Number Of Oil Workers, Port Harcourt Is Best Visited During The 2 Months Of Dry Season, January And December. Colorful Outdoor Activities Are Celebrated During This Season, Festivals Are Held By The Locals And Tourists Enjoy Visiting The Interesting Places In The City. However If You Do Happen To Visit During The 10 Months Of The Rainy Season, Prepare For Regular Daily Rainfall, Cold And High Humidity.
Airlines operating domestic and international flights from Port Harcourt International Airport are; Aero Contractors, Air France, Air Peace, Arik Air, Cronos Airlines, Dana Air, Discovery Air, First Nation Airways, Lufthansa and Med-View Airline.
Some Airlines such as Air France Cargo, AV Cargo Aviation, Cargolux Airlines, and Nordic Global Airlines also operate cargo services from the airport. The airport is located 32km from the city centre. There are taxis and rental cars available at the airport to commute passengers to Port Harcourt.
Port Harcourt International Airport (IATA: PHC; ICAO: DNPO) is located in Omagwa, in Port Harcourt. It has one terminal with different facilities for domestic and international flights. It is Nigeria's 3rd busiest airport serving more than 1 million passengers yearly. Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria administers the airport. Port Harcourt International Airport was closed for runway repairs and fence building on August 18th, 2006. The airport was reopened for operations in December 2007.
The cost of living is high in Port Harcourt because of a large number of oil workers living in the city.
Plenty of good food can be found at bargain prices of N1000 to N3000 especially on the outskirts of the City. Open food stalls sell a variety of food at reasonable prices. Restaurants closer to the city center more expensive as it may cost a fortune to eat good meals.
Accommodation in Port Harcourt for leisure and budget travelers range from luxurious hotels to budget hotels. Luxury hotels such as Novotel costs as much as N58000 per night while budget hotels range from N10000 to N15000 per night.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
Meal for 2 at Fast Food restaurant
1 Pair Of Jeans
1 Dozen Egg
1 Botte of Red Wine
Watch out for your baggage at the airport. Be security conscious regarding your luggage especially.
There is a restaurant in the airport.
Short-term parking is available at the airport.
Airport taxis are available outside the airport. Negotiate a good fare with a taxi for a drop or join a shared taxi.
Airlines operating scheduled domestic flights to Lagos, Uyo, and Abuja are Aero Contractors, Air Peace, Arik Air, Dana Air, Discovery Air, First Nation Airways, and Med-View Airline. The airlines operate the flights from Port Harcourt International Airport to Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Lagos is the most populous Nigerian city and is home to the busiest international airport. Lagos has a lot of tourist attractions, world-class entertainment, bubbling nightlife and fancy hotels.Visitors keep venturing into Lagos with their hearts filled to the brim with memories of tasty restaurants, lively bars, beaches and colourful neighborhoods.
Abuja is currently one of Africa’s most developed City. Nigeria’s Federal Capital hosts some of the most iconic buildings in the country. The National Mosque, Ecumenical Church; and headquarters of Federal parastatals, organisations and embassies. A number of tourist centers will make your visit to the seat of power memorable. Places of interest like Jabi Lake, Silverbird Cinema, Millennium Park, and Aso Rock are cool spots to unwind, have fun and share prime time with friends and family. Shopping, business, relaxation, and accommodation make Abuja the City to be.
Johannesburg offers tourists a lot of centers for recreating and relaxation. The city has more than 40 art galleries, museums and cultural studio for the avid culture lovers. The city also has a UNESCO-listed archaeological area that displays the cradle of humankind. Johannesburg Zoo and Lion Park are some of the major attraction for wildlife lovers. Other tourist attractions in Johannesburg include Ngwenya Glass Village, Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park, Wonder Caves, and the Adler Museum of Medicine.
Other cities visited by a large number of tourists include Algiers, Nairobi, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna and Newark.
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