Abuja might be famous for being the capital city of Nigeria, filled with office complexes, suburban homes and new constructions. It can be difficult sometimes to escape the city’s administrative life. In Abuja though, you never have to go far without seeing some greenery. The nation’s capital also has some hidden gardens and parks that are perfect for getting away from the city. Sun is shining and the weather is always friendly, it’s time to make the most out of the weather and get outdoors. We give you a list of the most beautiful gardens and parks to take a break in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Jabi Lake and Park
The Jabi Lake and Park is a great example of beautiful landmark of the federal capital territory. It is one of the popular recreational destinations in Abuja. Surrounded by various amenities and one of the city’s biggest shopping malls, lovingly lake and well-maintained garden to get lost in. A place to enjoy with family and friends any day, kid friendly park. This is a must-visit park for fun seekers and lovers of outdoor activities. Very good accessibility to major roads, there’s wheelchair entrance and wheelchair parking space. Visitors can indulge in various activities including horse riding and skating. Or explore the lake with canoe rides and speed boat rides. You also join the local fishermen for fishing.
Rabby Recreation Park
The Rabby Park is a sublime haven in the nation’s capital. If you want a day out, we recommend starting at the zoological section to check out the peacocks, antelopes, parrots and even ostriches! Afterwards head to its food court and see what the bar and lounge has to offer. Alternatively, pack a picnic on a sunny day and find one of the many secluded glades tucked away in pockets of this expansive lush park. The venue is really relaxing and has a hilltop view, there’s a lot of space for long walks. For visitors with kids, there’s a kiddie‘s section with lots of recreation facilities. A fun greenland to enjoy a relaxing time away from the city.
The Millennium Park is great for so many reasons: it’s huge, spectacularly beautiful, and easily accessible from anywhere in the city. A scenic sort of place with well–maintained bushes and flowers. You can easily spend a morning ambling through this spectacular slice of woodland paradise. Great for weekend picnics and fun seekers, an amazing place to bring a family with children. This is a very popular fun destination in the federal capital territory, commissioned in December 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Tobix Recreational Park and Garden
Tobix Recreational Park and Garden comes alive whenever the sun comes out. A spectacular functional garden in Abuja featuring badminton court, lush lawns, event centres, fountains etc. The park popular with locals and residents, and is a great place to take a blanket and a book for the afternoon. Green areas, badminton courts, and various food joints offering great smoked fish and the best local treats. Feel free to enjoy the freedom and freshness that nature offers!
JD Leisure Park
The JD Leisure park may be less pretty green, but as you get into the centre, you’ll love the ambience of this treasured gem nestled right in the heart of the business and financial district. For some people working in the city, this is the place to lunch or just take a break and enjoy the scenery. Nice airy relaxation spot with tree covers and umbrellas. Wide variety of food and drinks to select from available. A must visit for any tourist looking to see a little something different during a day trip or city break.
BMT African Garden
BMT African Garden is tucked away in the Wuse II business district of Abuja. A very beautiful garden with so much green area for relaxation with friends and family. There’s a mini zoo where visitors can watch their little animal collection. The venue also has swimming pool, lounge, library and entertainment complex. A themed park with a little strip of countryside to it, perfect escape for anyone feeling suffocated by the urban surroundings. It is definitely worth a visit for both locals and tourists, we highly recommend it. Soak up the beautiful greenery and spectacular grasslands in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.
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•BMT GARDEN ZOO• . . There is a mini zoo in the heart of Abuja. Did you know that? The BMT Garden Zoo is home to a variety of wild life animals. . . On entry, there is a fee of N1000 for adults and N500 for kids. The animals at the zoo include; Hyena, Ostrich, Golden Jackal, Horse, Eagle, Peacock, Tortoise, Lion (cubs), Geese, Parrots, Baboon etc. The animals looked well fed and healthy but the cages holding them can be maintained better. There was no tour guide available so my friend and I toured the zoo on our own. . . In addition to the zoo, @bmtgarden is a really lovely relaxation spot. It has a pool and a very beautiful scenery. It is the ideal place for people that enjoy spending time in gardens and don’t like a crowd. The garden is quite hidden and can easily be missed. Overall, it is a beautiful place and it will be a great idea to visit with your family this holiday. . . @bmtgarden is located at 155 Ademola Adetokumbo, Wuse 2, Abuja . . #abujacitytourist #actourist