Travel Guide To Bauchi

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Bauchi, the capital city of Bauchi  State is in Northern Nigeria, located on the northern edge of the Jos Plateau, at an elevation of 616 meters above sea level What is now known as Bauchi was until 1976 a province in the then North-Eastern State of Nigeria. The city occupies a total land area of 49,119 km² representing about 5.3% of Nigeria’s total land mass and is located between latitudes 9° 3′ and 12° 3′ north and longitudes 8° 50′ and 11° east. Religion in Bauchi is mainly Islam. However, the Constitution provides for freedom of religion. The best time to travel to Bauchi is in June as it is neither too hot nor cold; the climate is great for travel and wouldn’t be affected by bad weather.

How to Get To Bauchi City

Going to Bauchi by road is very straightforward and easy, and more interestingly; it is still way cheaper than taking flights. Several road transport companies provide travel services from various locations around the country to Bauchi. Some popular and widely patronized travel companies include: ABC Transport Plc, God is Good Motors, The Young Motors, and GUO Transport. The cost definitely depends on the region of the country one is traveling from. However, the most popular Lagos airline for direct flights from Lagos to Bauchi is Arik Air. Getting back from Bauchi to Lagos, there is a direct flight at Bauchi State International Airport. The city has direct road networks to Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan. However, Bauchi can be accessed by road from any part of Nigeria.

The bus fare from Lagos to Bauchi is N4500 and is long by a distance of 1118km while the flight ticket to Bauchi costs about N87000. The major airport in Bauchi is the Bauchi State International Airport. The airport is 22 kilometres northwest of Bauchi City. The best route by road is Lagos-Abuja-Jos-Bauchi and by air is Arik Air Lagos-Abuja-Gombe. Major bus parks in Bauchi include Dukku bus park, The Yankari National Park, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus.

There is a major train station called the Bauchi Railway station in  Bauchi City.

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Getting Around In Bauchi City

Most of the movement around the city is done by cabs and taxis which are available to take passengers to major points in the city. The Bauchi State Government has banned the transportation of more than one passenger on private or commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada. Transportation through these means is relatively affordable in Bauchi City.

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Here are some safety tips for the travelers: Avoid late night trips, especially when alone, stay in a good and properly secured Bauchi hotel, ask questions to sane people in the event of any difficulties, and depart gatherings when strange behaviors are noticed.

Things to do in Bauchi City

Wouldn’t it be great to pay a visit to the Yankari Game Reserve, a place that has been described as holding “about the only remnant of wildlife left in Nigeria. Yankari has become the most developed wildlife park in Nigeria with a lot of attractions for visitors with a wide variety of flora fauna. The park is famous for its variety of animals available for viewing around the year. The best time to view the animals in late February to late April. 

Another place you can pay a visit to is the Wiki Warm Springs which is another attraction to visitors. The Wikki Warm Springs is one of the best features of the game reserves.  And in addition to being crystal-clear and naturally warm as mentioned above, it is disease free. 

Also, take a tour of the Bauchi State International Airport; a new airport serving the city of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi State, Nigeria. The only serving airport in Bauchi. Finally, you might end up being famished tired from a long day out. Bauchi has a host of restaurants; where you can find both local and foreign dishes. I will advise that you try out their local dishes which are both tasty and delicious.

Free things to do in Bauchi city

There are a number of exciting yet free things to do in Bauchi. On your visit to Bauchi, consider visiting Bauchi City Center. Missed by most of the visitors, Bauchi City Center is unique in its own way. 

Also, spend a few minutes at the Kalban Hill; a flat top hill that enables tourists the opportunity to have a complete view of the park. As well, the Kanyo Hill provides a good view of the park and serves as a very beautiful picnic ground. The same goes for the Paliyaram Hill which is a popular camp for poachers.

How to spend 48 hours in Bauchi City

A good way to start your day would be to visit the Yankari Games Reserve. Yankari has become the most developed wildlife park in Nigeria with a lot of attractions for visitors with a wide variety of flora fauna. A couple of hours to take in the sight of beautiful animals are definitely worth it. Towards evening, after a light dinner, a visit to the Kanyo Hill serves as a very beautiful picnic ground.

Another would be a view of the Marshall Caves; a rock with a lot of elaborate engravings, legible writings with their historic age and meanings not been determined. After this, towards noon,  you can decide to finally try after a hot day to relax in the warm water we talked about previously. A nice way to end your stay is to visit  Bauchi City Center. Missed by most of the visitors, Bauchi City Center is unique in its own way.

 

Places of Interest in Bauchi city

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The Airport in Bauchi

Bauchi State International Airport is a new airport serving the city of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi State, Nigeria. It is named after Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who was Prime Minister of Nigeria from 1957–1966. The airport is 22 kilometres (14 mi) northwest of Bauchi.  Plans for a cargo terminal has also been put in place.

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Yankari Game Reserve

Located about 225km east of the Nigerian city of Jos and it covers an area of 2,244 sq km. Yankari Game Reserve has been described by the Lonely Planet Guide as holding “about the only remnant of wildlife left in Nigeria. This resort has become the most developed wildlife park in Nigeria with a lot of attractions for visitors with a wide variety of flora fauna. The park is famous for its variety of animals available for viewing around the year, though the animals are better watched between November and May period of the dry season when the animals converge around the Gaji River in the park. The best time to view the animals in late February to late April.

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Wikki Warm Springs

The Wiki Warm Springs is another attraction to visitors. It is located near the park lodge and is about 200m long and 10m wide, containing crystal-clear water at a temperature of around 31 degrees Celsius. The Wikki Warm Springs is one of the best features of the game reserves. It is crystal-clear, disease free and naturally warm. For many individuals, the Wikki Springs with white sand resting at the bottom is the main reason for visiting the Yankari. Floodlit at night, it’s wonderful after a hot day’s game-viewing to relax in the warm water. Baboons and elephants often come down to the springs make for a  very natural tourist experience. Accommodation is available at a hotel at the warm springs. The other option is to stay in Bauchi, 117 km northwest of Yankari. Durable and useful camping facilities are also available in that area.

Marshall Caves

These caves have rocks etched with very elaborate engravings and enjoy rich carvings. Legible writings cover an area on the sandstone rock embankment of about 4m in length in Dwall River. The writings are legible. However, their age and meanings have not been determined.

The Tonlong Gorge– A scenic gorge with associated hills, buttes and escarpments located in the west of the park.

Dukkey Wells– 139 wells with interconnecting shafts representing an elaborate water storage system.

Other places of interest include Panshanu Stone Heaps (Kwandon Kaya) in Toro Local Government, Lame/Burra Game Reserve, First Mining Beacon in Nigeria located at Tilden Fulani in Toro Local Government, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s Tomb Monument (Tomb of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister).

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Best Hotels Near Bauchi Airport

Zaranda Hotel

Zaranda Hotel is located in the fabulous well loved wildlife state of Bauchi, Nigeria. The hotel is centrally situated making it an ideal destination for both business and leisure guests. The hotel has great service and will try and assist you in any possible way they can.

The Yankari Game Reserve and Resort

Located at the Wikki Camp, Bauchi. This Resort is domiciled in the same area as the Yankari Games Reserve which is one of Nigeria’s foremost tourist attraction.

Hazibal Suites

Situated in a serene environment that depicts hospitality with class starting from the reception lounge to the restaurant and guest rooms. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, this hotel is an ideal choice.

Awalah Hotels

If you are visiting Bauchi for the first time or you happen to be a seasoned visitor, this hotel has ideal rooms for all guests.  Guests on a budget can settle for our chalet rooms while there are the diplomatic and presidential suites for the luxury lover.

Restaurants in Bauchi State

Best Restaurants in Bauchi include:

Perfect Kitchen Restaurant And Catering Services: Involved in Event catering, Restaurants activities, Perfect kitchen and catering services are located at Shagari Shopping Complex Abubakar Tafawa.

Sindaba Restaurant: Provides Restaurants activities. Situated at Himma Close, Sindaba Hotel.

Saharan Restaurant: Involved in Restaurants activities.

The address- plot 124, anas road, pompopari industrial layout, bulunkutu, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Others are Bubes Bar,  Downtown, Paradise Kitchen Resturant A.T.B.U and Nassarawa Digital Centre and for the vegetarian restaurants in, Haisan Eatery, Barhak Restaurant, Tearoom.

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Nightlife In Bauchi

Bauchi has quite a lively nightlife. If you are touring Northern Nigeria, a visit to Bauchi should be suggested. People come into the city from neighboring out-of-state towns of Kano, Abuja, and Kaduna to have a taste of the lifestyle of the city at Night.  One of the best places to visit at night in Bauchi is Bayan Gari.

Conclusion

Bauchi is a city of complex character and genuine appeal. It offers a good mix of work and pleasure.There is a chance to see new rich cultures, fantastic tourist attractions, among other things. Some things are better left unsaid, an experience will do you a whole lot of good.

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