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Kaduna travel guide

Kaduna was founded by the British in 1913 and became the capital of Nigeria’s former Northern Region which was made up of the two Provinces of Zaria and Katsina in 1917, and it retained this status until 1967 when it became the capital of the then North-Central State, which was later renamed Kaduna State in 1976.

The city, located on the Kaduna River, is a trade center and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas with its rail and road junction.

With the population of more than 2.1 million, Kaduna is one of the important cities in Nigeria because it has a place in the history of the political development in Nigeria.

Kaduna is an industrial center of Northern Nigeria where manufacturing products such as textiles, machinery, steel, aluminum, petroleum products are widely available.

The tourism potential of Kaduna had not been fully explored because at the present, state of tourism in Kaduna does not reflect the state’s long history and its rich cultural developments.

Public Notice:

Due to the recent violent attacks in Kaduna and some other part of northern Nigeria cities/towns, visitors are advised not to travel up north for safety purpose. Please wait until you are told to do so by the Nigerian security agency.

Amalgamation House
This is the iconic building where Lord Lugard, the colonial governor, amalgamated the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914, making Nigeria one geographical entity. It was also where cease-fire was declared in 1970 to end the Nigeria Civil War.

Fifth Chukker Resorts
The fifth chukker resort blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings set on 130 hectares of land, it also offers world-class sports entertainment in a casually elegant environmnent. Fifth chukker is undoubtedly one of the finest facilities in the country to play and observe the dramatic and artistic sport of polo. The resort is usually opened to members; and during tournaments to the public with tickets.

Lord Lugard Residence
This is a one-storey cottage where Lord Lugard lived during the amalgamation period and it is located opposite the amalgamation house. This site was claimed to be the first administrative headquarters of the region before it was relocated to Calabar.

Trappco Ranch & Resort
Purposely established as a relaxation center for the tourists, Trappco Resorts is one of the must-visit places in Kaduna city because it has established itself as a condusive and favourable place for the visiting tourists.

Kajuru Castle
Nearby Kaduna metropolis in the picturesque surroundings of ancient inselberg formations your will find various possibilities to relax and enjoy yourself. You can go trekking, hiking, fishing, inline skating or just rent a bike.

River Kaduna
The city got its name from this river and the evening sight-seeing along the river provides a beautiful scenery attractively magnificent and amazing.

Lord Lugard Foot Bridge
This bridge was transported down to Kaduna in 1920 by Lord Lugard when he removed his headquaters from Zungeru to Kaduna. Lord Lugard was the first colonial governor to appointed by the British. The bridge was erected 40 years (1880) before it was finally removed and transferred to Kaduna in 1920. The state government has given the garden a face lift in developing it into a tourist relaxation centre.

Lord Lugard Hall
This was the former house of assembly and house of chiefs during Nigeria’s first republic and became house of the legislature during the second republic between 1979 – 1983. It is an imposing structure that still maintains its allure as centre of political power in northern Nigeria.

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Arewa Chinese Restaurant
This is a popular Chinese restaurant in Kaduna offering well-choreographed service with their waiters smartly dressed in traditional Chinese silks in a stylishly decorated surrounding. The restaurant offers popular dishes such as shredded chicken and sweetcorn soup. Address: Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna. Tel: +234 62 240 088

French Café
This is one of the best café in Kaduna where a vibrant, professional crowd hang out. You can go for drinks or food (try the crusty pizza). There is also a great bakery section where you can buy pastries and this is also the place to come for ice cream in Kaduna. Address: 2 Ali Akilu Road, Kaduna. Tel: +234 62 246 154

Rich Bites
One of the best restaurants in Kaduna that offers proper delicious African dishes. It also offers ice cream, barbecue, snacks etc. Address: 2 Lamido Road, Kaduna. Tel: +234 N/A

Kaduna Rugby Club Restaurant
Kaduna Rugby Union Football Club offers good quality bar snacks and meals at considerably low prices. It also offers traditional English and European dishes as well as Nigerian dishes. Address: Mohammed Buhari Way (WAFF Road), Kaduna. Tel: +234 N/A

Hamdalah Hotel Chinese Restaurant
This is an excellent Chinese restaurant located on the first floor of the Hamdalah Hotel and the quality of their food and service is excellent at moderate prices. Address: Waff Rd, Kaduna. Tel: +234 N/A

Les Bora Hotel Restaurant
This is one of the top restaurants in Kaduna where customers can selected fish from the pool of unwitting live catfish and have it freshly prepared to your taste. The pepper soup offered here is delicious and one of a kind. Address: Les Bora Hotel, 4 Rabah Road, Kaduna. Tel: +234 803 328 2614

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NTI Conference Center
Located in Kaduna, NTI Conference Center offers classy accommodation and facilities that include satelite T.V, Air Conditioning, 24 hours room service, a computer room, a conference center, 24 power supply. Contact: Zaria Road, Kaduna. Tel: +234 62- 312442, 317039

Hamdala Hotel
Located in the heart of Kaduna, the hotel offers classy accommodation in single rooms, double rooms, VIP suites and presidential suites. Other features include satellite TV, air-conditioning, 24 hours room service, a restaurant, a standard swimming pool, conference halls for events, a bar that serves a variety of assorted drinks, Internet access etc. Contact: Muhammadu Buhari Way, Kaduna. Tel: +234 (0)62 245440 – 8

Aso Motel
Located in the business district of Kaduna, Aso Motel offers excellent accommodation with tastefully furnished rooms and facilities such as satelite TV, air-conditioning, 24 hours room service, restaurant, an outdoor bukka shop, bar etc. Contact: 14 Muhammadu Buhari Way, Kaduna. Tel: +234 N/A

Adriel Hotel
Adriel Hotel is one of top hotels in Kaduna, their rooms come with en-suite bathrooms and internet connectivity. The hotel has an execellent restaurant and bar well beautified with a lush green gardens and exotic plants. Contact: No. 4, Bank Road, Off Ahmadu Bello Way. Tel: +234 702-964-5826, 0702-964-5833


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