When to Go in Ibadan

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When planning a trip to Ibadan, when to go for the best experience means exploring such issues such as climate, festivals and public holidays. The fourth largest city in Nigeria, Ibadan is also the capital of the Ovo region and serves as a transit hub between other areas in Nigeria.

Climatic Considerations

Ibadan has a tropical savanna climate and there is a minimal temperature range in the region throughout the year. Characteristic of this climate is average monthly temperature that are above 18 C. The wet season begins in March and ends in October with less rainfall in August. Site seeing may be difficult during the wet season as rain hinders outdoor activities. Activities such as Dugbe Market and the botanical gardens are difficult to visit during rainy weather. One activity option is Transwonderland Amusement Park.

From November until February Ibadan experiences the Harmattan, a strong wind that blows through West Africa. As it crosses the Sahara Desert it picks up dust and pushes it across Western Africa. When it is blowing particularly hard it can carry particles all the way to North America. The Harmattan can decrease visibility and the sun may be shaded by all the dust particles. This impacts travel conditions causing flight delays. The combination of monsoons and the Harmattan wind can result in tornadoes. The wind is, however, cool and lowers the temperature of the region. Local people call this wind "The Doctor".


The effect of weather conditions on transport also influences the decision of when to visit Ibadan. Roads are not in good condition and this can cause problems especially during rainy season. Be aware of potholes. The roads post no warnings of dangerous curves and other obstacles making driving with limited visibility problematic. During rainy season transportation methods such as taxis and rental cars serve as better methods of transportation as going on foot or using a scooter can be difficult in the rain.

Public Holidays and Festivals

Public holidays fall on the January 1,which is New Year and May 1. Assumption Day falls on 15 August. November 1 and December 25 are also public holidays. The New Yam festival is an age-old fete that honors the gods to ensure a good harvest. The festival is a vibrant and colorful affair with masquerades and sporting events. This is also a good time to watch traditional dances and wrestling competitions. This festival is in August.

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