Ilorin is the capital of Kwara, a state in Western Nigeria, and is one of the largest cities in the region. The city is easy to explore by car and has plenty of sights to see for locals and visitors alike. Rent a car from Skyscanner to find the best deals on a range of vehicles to suit any needs during a trip to Nigeria.
Renting a Car in Ilorin
If flying into the Ilorin National Airport, public transportation, taxis, and private drivers are the most popular, and indeed only, ways of getting around.
For rental car options, the nearest city is Lagos. At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, there is a Sixt Rental Car Agency. Once in the city and along the coast of Lagos Island, there is Swift, Eazyhire Nigeria, Pudo Car Rentals, and Kunle Lawal Car Rental Service.
Expect to pay at least CA$100 per day for an economy-sized vehicle and more for 4-wheel drive vehicles. Many rental companies also have options to hire drivers.
Driving in Ilorin
Just like in the United States and much of Europe, cars drive on the right side of the road in Ilorin. Travellers are required to have a valid international licence and be at least 18 years old.
Drivers can not eat, smoke, talk on a mobile phone, or have a blood alcohol level higher than .05 percent. While driving in Ilorin and around Nigeria, always beware of the bus lanes. It is illegal for cars to drive in these lanes.
It is also important to take precautions when driving through Ilorin and Western Nigeria, especially at night. Always keep windows fully wound-up and doors locked, especially if driving alone. Ensure no valuables are on display when driving or leaving the vehicle in a parking lot. Always try to park in secured parking lots with attendants.
What to Do in and Around Ilorin
Ilorin is a wonderful place for families and outdoor lovers. Take the kids to the Unilorn Zoo at the University of Ilorin, just to the east of the city centre. They have giraffes, lions, ostriches, and walking paths to explore the natural setting.
For those seeking mountain paths and natural beauty, head to Old Oyo National Park. It's an amazing place to see African wildlife in their natural habitat and hike along safe paths with views over the surrounding region. There's also a museum on-site to give visitors more information about the park and animals.
Owu Falls is a must-see for visitors to Ilorin. This waterfall is one of the highest in West Africa at over 390 feet. Much of the year, travellers can swim in and enjoy the refreshingly cool water in pools at the base of the waterfall. While in the area, consider visiting Owe Kajita waterfall, Ahoyaya falls, and the Ubo Aiyegun Lakes, all easily accessed with a rental car.
Ilorin and Western Nigeria as a whole are wonderful places to explore whether you do it by foot, air, train, or rental car.
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