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Sokoto overview

Sokoto city is the capital of Sokoto State located at the extreme end of North West Nigeria. Sokoto was derived from the local name Sakkwato. It is the seat of the Sokoto Caliphate and is a predominantly Muslim city and the most important seat of Islamic learning in Nigeria. The Sultan of Sokoto is the head of the Northern Caliphate and the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims. Shehu Usmanu Dan Fodiyo was founded as a ribat (military camp or frontier) in 1809 before it later became the capital of the caliphate after Shehu's death.

Sokoto is richly blessed in tourist attractions as it possesses several historical sites such as Makera Assad and Kofar Rini popular for blacksmithing, Sultan of Sokoto’s Palace, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Giginya Battlefield Square, Waziri Junaidu History and Culture Museum, City Gates of Sokoto, Goronyo Dam, Heritage and Sokoto Museum, and Shehu Usman Dan Fodio's Mosque and Tomb.

Best time to book a flight to Sokoto

Passengers typically pay more for flights booked close to the celebration of the two Muslim Festivals (Eid-il-Fitri and Eid-il-Kabir) and the Argungu Fishing Festival which draws tourists from within and outside Nigeria.

Peak Season: The rainy season from June to October is the best time to visit Sokoto as the temperature is better suited for tourism. Moreover, the popular Argungu Festival held on the Sokoto River takes place at the beginning of the rainy season. The two Muslim Festivals also draw large visitors to Sokoto as they celebrate the festivals in a grand style. Ticket costs, hotel rates, and tourism typically spike during this period as locals and visitors troop into Sokoto to witness the 4 days fishing competition.

Off Peak Season: The dry season is typically hotter in Sokoto. It runs from February to April with temperature crossing the 38°C mark. The high temperature during the day makes tourism difficult. Passengers can take advantage of this season to get the cheapest flight rates.

Best time to visit Sokoto

Sokoto Experiences A Dry Sahel Savannah Type Of Climate With Daytime Temperatures Exceeding 35°C Making It One Of The Hottest Cities In The World. It Typically Experiences 3 Seasons: The Rainy Season From June To October, The Dry Season From November Till May Separated By The Dry, Cold Harmattan Season Which Occurs From October To February.

The Rainy Season Is The Best Time To Visit Sokoto As The Daily Showers Make The Dryness And Heat Bearable. Tourists To The Various Sites Can Also Move Around And Cope Better With The Scorching Sun.

Airlines operating flights to Sokoto

Med-View Airlines operate International flights from Sokoto Airport for Muslim Pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah operations.

Other International flights take place at Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Passengers can board a flight to Lagos or Abuja to board flights via Turkish Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Africa World Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Etihad Airlines.

International flights depart to Amsterdam, London, New York, Hong Kong, Accra, Algiers, Johannesburg, and Qatar, Dubai, Munich, and Cairo. International flights depart to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Accra, Algiers, Johannesburg, and Qatar, Dubai, Munich, and Cairo.

Sokoto airport

Sokoto Airport (IATA: SKO; ICAO: DNSO) is also known as Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport or Sultan Saddik Abubakar Airport. It is the airport that serves Sokoto City, the capital of Sokoto State in Northwestern Nigeria. The airport is named after the 17th Sultan of Sokoto who reigned from 1938 to 1988. Daily flights are operated from Sokoto Airport to domestic destinations but it is mostly utilized during Hajj and Umrah operations.

Arik Air and Aero Airline operate daily flights to Sokoto while Med-View Airlines operate international flights to Jeddah during Hajj and Umrah.

Getting from Sokoto airport to city centre

Staying in Sokoto

Sokoto city is the capital of Sokoto State located at the extreme end of North West Nigeria. Sokoto was derived from the local name Sakkwato. It is the seat of the Sokoto Caliphate and is a predominantly Muslim city and the most important seat of Islamic learning in Nigeria. The Sultan of Sokoto is the head of the Northern Caliphate and the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims. Shehu Usmanu Dan Fodiyo was founded as a ribat (military camp or frontier) in 1809 before it later became the capital of the caliphate after Shehu's death.

Sokoto is richly blessed in tourist attractions as it possesses several historical sites such as Makera Assad and Kofar Rini popular for blacksmithing, Sultan of Sokoto’s Palace, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Giginya Battlefield Square, Waziri Junaidu History and Culture Museum, City Gates of Sokoto, Goronyo Dam, Heritage and Sokoto Museum, and Shehu Usman Dan Fodio's Mosque and Tomb.

Cost of things in Sokoto

The dryness and hot temperature results in a limited variety of cuisines and dishes. The Young Shall Grow Bus Terminal serves good Nigerian food at a cheap price. The Middle Eastern restaurant called "Double 7" also serves a nice meal. Expect to pay at least N500 per meal.

 

 Item  Price (NGN) 

  Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

  500

  Meal for 2 at Fast Food restaurant

  2400

  Beer

  350

  Bread

  400

 Toothpaste

  300

  A Dozen Eggs 

  550

 Suya and Fura De Nono  

  500

  1 kg of Tomatoes

  310

  1 Kg of Potatoes

  450

  1 bottle of red wine

  2500

Sokoto tips/advice

Be security conscious with your luggage.

There is a restaurant in the airport.

Airport taxis are available outside the airport. Negotiate a good fare with a taxi for a drop or join a shared taxi.

Use the bank for money transactions and currency exchange.

Do not carry alcohol or smoke in the airport.

Flight from local city to Sokoto

Arik Air and Aero Airline operate daily domestic flights to Sokoto's Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport. These airlines operate various flight schedules such as the Abuja to Sokoto, Lagos to Sokoto, Enugu to Sokoto and Kaduna to Sokoto.

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