Nigeria, Durbar Festival of Kano and Lagos in March 2025 / 9 days

Trip to Nigeria to attend the Durbar Festival in Kano

Trip to Nigeria for 9 days to attend the impressive Durbar Festival in Kano, one of the most fantastic cultural experiences to be seen in Nigeria and all of West Africa.

The Durbar Festival is possibly the most important traditional festival in the north of the country and is held twice a year, on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr (the end of Ramadan) and Eid-el-Kebir (70 days after Ramadan). Also known as Sallah or Hawan Daushe, it is celebrated in several cities, including Katsina, Sokoto, Zazzau, Bauchi, Bida and Ilorin.

This grand cultural, political, religious and equestrian celebration offers all the tribes of the region the opportunity to come and pledge allegiance to the Emir, in a riot of “pomp” and lavish costumes.

Kano, the great parades of the Sallah Festival

Kano, the oldest city in West Africa, is famous for having the largest Durbar country, said to be the largest parade of decked-out horses in the world during the festival. On this trip to Nigeria you will see hundreds of thousands of people marching on horseback, riders dressed in beautiful cloths and spears to the throbbing sound of the famous traditional trumpets.

Some visitors display their “magic powers”, others play with knives or powder rifles in deafening explosions. A colourful spectacle that will transport you back in time for several days.

If you want to know more about the Durbar in Kano, don’t miss our extensive article here.

Durbar Festival Programme

The Kano Durbar Festival is held over 4 days. Each day there is a different tour at a different time. We will select the best tours and combine them with visits to other emirates.

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Not to be missed at the Durbar in Kano is the day of “Sallait”, a big communal prayer that brings together thousands and thousands of people and continues with a small parade.

Another must-see day during the Kano Durbar is Hawain Dutse. An impressive parade that ends at dusk. The end of each Durbar parade ends with spectacular horse races.

Animist and pre-Islamic ceremonies

The Hausa culture of northern Nigeria keeps many of its ancient traditions alive. Even in a heavily Islamised region it is possible to find impressive animist ceremonies and rituals related to fire, magic, spiritual possession, transgender people or bodily resistance. We will visit many of these fascinating ceremonies during our trip to Nigeria.

The Nigerian hyena men

Traditionally in Hausa culture we find families of street performers and peddlers of traditional medicine who use these animals as amulets and as the centre of a show, a mixture of street, ritual, savage and also cruel, a practice passed down through many generations of hyena men.

Hausa culture, other visits besides attending the Durbar

The city of Kano is an important economic centre for northern Nigeria and was a crucial part of trans-Saharan trade in pre-colonial times.

In addition to attending the preparations and the Durbar festival in Kano on this trip to Nigeria, we will have the opportunity to visit other highlights of the city, such as its market, its dye wells and we will try to attend some traditional Hausa Dambe boxing.

Dyeing pits for textile manufacturing

The historic town of Kano has for more than six centuries been home to dyeing pits, where beautiful fabrics are produced using ancient techniques. The materials, dyed a distinctive deep blue colour, have long been sold in Africa and the Middle East. In ancient times the Tuaregs, men of the desert, came to Kano to trade dates and camels for the distinctive blue fabrics.

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Dambe, boxing hausa

Three centuries old, Dambe is a traditional form of boxing associated with the Hausa people who mainly inhabit northern Nigeria. Although many urban youths, seeking prestige, money or just for fun, immerse themselves in the world of Dambe, even today, most Dambe boxing fighters still belong to the caste groups of the Hausa butchers. Visit our post to learn more about Dambe boxing.

 Nigeria Hausa Boxing
Nigeria Hausa Boxing

Other emirates in northern Nigeria

We will visit some other emirates of Northern Nigeria during this trip to Northern Nigeria. We will combine the best Durbar parades in Kano with visits to other Durbars and other ceremonies.

Lagos and the floating neighbourhood of Makoko

Lagos is a megalopolis and is considered the largest city on the African continent. Beyond its size, Lagos is a very interesting stop on a trip to Nigeria. Vibrant, with many faces and contradictions, its artistic activity is already world famous. Art galleries, concerts, underground culture, the Kalakuta Museum where the creator of “Afrobeat” lived, museums, markets..

The city has many more attractions to visit, including fine museums, the Alaba and Balogun markets, and Makoko, a large slum of stilt houses built more than 100 years ago on the Lagos Lagoon. A canoe trip is sure to leave no one indifferent.

Makoko
Makoko
  • Vuelo interno de Lagos a Kano
  • Todos los alojamientos indicados
  • Taxis y todos los transportes necesarios para realizar las diferentes visitas del viaje
  • Todas las visitas indicadas durante el Durbar y otras ceremonias
  • Visita al suburbio de Makoko en Lagos
  • Transfers desde y a los aeropuertos
  • Vuelos internacionales
  • Seguro de viaje y cancelación
  • Suplemento individual 400€. En Nigeria y en buena parte de África las habitaciones dobles (dos personas) disponen de sólo una cama grande. Si viajas solo, compartirás con otro pasajero / pasajera.
  • Comidas y bebidas
  • Propinas opcionales
  • Visados
  • Todo lo que no esté en el apartado incluye

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    2400€ /PERSON.

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    28 March 2025,
    5 April 2025,

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