Nigeria primate & wildlife holiday

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5050 excluding flights
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Duration
15 Days
Type
Small group
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5,050 per person sharing, with a 500 single supplement
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Description of Nigeria primate & wildlife holiday

Price information

5050 excluding flights
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5,050 per person sharing, with a 500 single supplement
Make enquiry

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Planet

There are very few wilderness areas as deeply threatened as the ecosystems visited on this tour. The proximity of Omo Forest Reserve to Lagos, and Okomu National Park to Benin City, have opened up both areas to extensive poaching and logging, which has gone largely unchallenged by the Nigerian government. The Niger Delta has been decimated and degraded by pollution and lawlessness, largely driven by the unethical practices of western oil companies. And Cross River, despite being one of the most pristine wildernesses in all of Nigeria, still bears the scars of wildlife crime. These various factors have combined to render much of the wildlife in the region, including Cross River gorilla, chimpanzee, forest elephant, red river hog, red-bellied monkey, Niger Delta red colobus and much more, intensely vulnerable. Our visit is designed to offer some small protections to these species, and including in the cost of your tour are direct contributions to both government and non-governmental organisations that protect the areas that these animals inhabit. The fees we pay help to support activities including anti-poaching and anti-logging patrols, as well as community engagement initiatives.

Unfortunately, many national parks in Nigeria face a serious problem with litter. The growing urban populations escape to the national parks on public holidays, which we encourage, but a lack of relevant education as to the dangers of polluting a landscape mean that litter is often left behind. The tour leader on this trip will always collect litter wherever possible, and we expect over 5 bags of litter to be collected on each tour.

People

Ecotourism is a brand-new concept in Nigeria, and clients should expect to be met with a mixture of both curiosity and bemusement throughout our visit. We have always found that the best way to engage local communities with ecotourism is for our tours to provide a genuine benefit to people within these communities. This allows local people to attach an instrumental value to imperilled ecosystems, and the rare wildlife we travel so far to see that depend on these ecosystems, which does a huge amount to secure wilderness areas for future generations. With this in mind, local guides, porters, cooks and other staff throughout this tour will be Nigerian, providing meaningful employment opportunities attached to our visit.

Throughout Nigeria, and most especially in the Niger Delta, local people have experienced many years of hardship at the hands of western influences in the country. Understandably, this creates a level of distrust and suspicion when it comes to outsiders visiting some Nigerian communities. With this in mind, we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any behaviour towards local people that is disrespectful. We ask clients to respect local values, traditions and culture by dressing and acting modestly, limiting excessive consumption of alcohol and respecting local wildlife.

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