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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT KANO CITY
Kano city serves as the capital city of Kano state, located in the North-Western part of Nigeria. With over 9 million people comprising mostly of Muslim Hausas. Kano has a long history, especially in its culture, dating back to the 7th century (1513 AD in other literature). Let's take a moment and appreciate the beauty in Kano.
1. A CITY OF MANY FESTIVALS
There are various festivals in Kano. The Durbar festival is one of the most popular which is hosted by the Emir of Kano, is a procession of several cultural and religious activities marking the end of Eid el Fitr Sallah celebrations in the state, and is an occasion attended by a large number of people. Kano is known for its hot weather conditions which abound almost round the year. The best time to visit Kano is between December and February, also May to September when the weather cools down briefly.
2. ANCIENT RELICS AND CULTURE
This makes Kano one of the major tourist destinations in the country for its ancient landmarks which include the Dala Hill, the Emir's palace, Gidan Makama Museum, Bagauda Lake Resort, Kano State Cultural Centre, The Great Mosque, and the Kofa Mata dye pits. The city of Kano is also the commercial hub of Northern Nigeria.
3. SHOPPING IN KANO
There are a few supermarkets and stalls where you can purchase food and other items
4. PLACES TO EAT IN KANO
There are several food outlets in the Kano metropolis. If you are on a budget, you can look out for roadside canteens which serve local delicacies like Masa, Pate, Tuwon Shinkafa, Miyan Kuka, Burabisco, and Tuwon Dawa. You can also try some spicy kilishii (a local dried meat snack). Intercontinental dishes and cuisines in classy restaurants are also available.
5. DRINKS IN KANO
Zobo, Kunun aya, and Fura de nunu are local drinks made from natural products. They can be bought from roadside traders or hawkers. Alcohol might not be easy to come by due to district religious laws. Therefore, you might need to negotiate your way into getting them from hotel staff or ultimately get them from one of the night bars.
6. NIGHT LIFE IN KANO
Nightlife in Kano is not as colourful as other cities in the country but visitors can still have a swell time in certain parts of the city.
7. GETTING AROUND KANO
The most common means of transportation in Kano are TRICYCLES which wear a yellow look. The tricycles can be flagged anywhere in the metropolis. Transportation costs are generally at a minimum of a fifty naira from one location to another within the metropolis.
8. HOW TO GET TO KANO
Going to Kano is as easy as it gets, with or without travel agents or tour guides. Entrance into the city can be made via the major means of transportation available including aeroplanes and vehicles.
By Air: Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport operates flights coming in from other airports in countries within and outside Africa. There are also domestic flights at the airport, which are operated by airlines such as Azman Air and others.
By Road: Contractors available for inter-state transportation into Kano State. Sabon Gari Luxury Park is the major bus park in the city.
9. STAYING IN KANO
There are a number of wonderful hotel accommodations available for both business and leisure travellers. Hotels are available for both budget and luxury categories.