Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport, also called Sultan Saddik Abubakar Airport, is a public airport in Sokoto, Nigeria. The airport is owned and operated by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and resides at an elevation of 1,010 feet / 308 metres above mean sea level. The airport has one runway designated 08/26 with an asphalt surface, at the length of 9,844 feet / 3,000 metres.
Sokoto is a city in the Sokoto State, located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River. The city is also known as Sakkwato, Birnin Shaihu da Bello, or Sokoto, Capital of Shaihu and Bello. Sokoto is the seat of the Sokoto Caliphate, and is predominantly Muslim. Additionally, it is the modern-day capital of Sokoto State (and its predecessor, the Northwestern State).
What to see & do
National Church of Nigeria – The National Church of Nigeria, previously referred to as the National Ecumenical Centre, is the primary place of worship for Christians in Nigeria, located in Abuja. It is an inter-denominational church, and its official name is the National Christian Centre.
Abuja National Mosque – The Nigerian National Mosque, or Abuja National Mosque, is the national mosque of Nigeria. The structure was erected in 1984. The mosque is open to the non-Muslim public except during the congregational prayers. The complex also includes a library and a conference room, the office for the Islamic Centre, and residential facilities for the imam and muezzin. The mosque is located just across the National Christian Centre.
Aso Rock – Aso Rock is the most noticeable feature of Abuja, being a 400-metre monolith rock on the outskirts of the city.
Gashaka Gumti National Park – The Gashaka Gumti National Park is the largest national park in Nigeria. It covers a total area of 6,402 square kilometres, located in the eastern provinces of Taraba and Adamawa. The northern area of the park is savannah grassland, and the southern area has rugged terrain, with steep slopes and deep valleys and gorges. The park is home to a recorded 103 species of mammals, including the African golden cat, the African buffalo, chimpanzee, and the African elephant.
Nigerian National Museum – The Nigerian National Museum in Lagos displays a fine collection of Nigerian art and archaeological and ethnographic exhibits. The museum was founded by the English archaeologist Kenneth Murray in 1957.
How to get around within Sokoto
The city lacks a very efficient public transport system. If you simply can’t travel on foot, there are mopeds that function as one-person taxis. Regular taxis are infrequent, as are local buses, and are mostly used for travelling between cities.
How to get there
There are flights to Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja FCT, Algeria. The airlines Aero Contractors and Arik Air provide scheduled passenger services. The primary airport serving Nigeria is Murtala Muhammed International Airport, located in Ikeja. The airport is served by several airlines, including Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Egyptair, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic, and has connections to London, Houston, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kigali, Casablanca, Doha, Paris, Rome, Lomé, Niamey, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, and Addis Ababa.
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