Cheapest Flights to Sokoto in the current month: Arik Air provides scheduled flights from Abuja to Sokoto starting from ₦42,000. The total cost of the flight fare from Abuja to Sokoto may increase depending on booking time.
Cheapest Flights to Sokoto in the next 3 months: Arik Air provides scheduled flights from Abuja to Sokoto starting from ₦42,000. The total cost of the flight fare from Abuja to Sokoto may increase depending on booking time.
Cheapest Flights to Sokoto in the next 6 months: Arik Air provides scheduled flights from Abuja to Sokoto starting from ₦42,000. The total cost of the flight fare from Abuja to Sokoto may increase depending on booking time.
Abuja and Sokoto are 479 km apart. The estimated flight time to Sokoto from Abuja is 1 hour 6 minutes. Abuja to Sokoto by road is a driving distance of 7 hours 24 minutes over 649km.
Arik Air operates a daily scheduled flight from Abuja to Sokoto.
Destination Information for Sokoto
Sokoto city is the capital of Sokoto State located at the extreme end of North West Nigeria. Sokoto is located at the confluence of Rivers Sokoto and Rima.
Sokoto was derived from the local name Sakkwato. It is the seat of the Sokoto Caliphate and is a predominantly Muslim city and the most important seat of Islamic learning in Nigeria.
The Sultan of Sokoto is the head of the Northern Caliphate and the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims. Sokoto was used by Shehu Usmanu Dan Fodiyo as the meeting venue with the Galadima.
Sokoto experiences a dry Sahel climate with very hot temperature and sandy savannah.
Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport (IATA: SKO; ICAO: DNSO) is the airport serving Sokoto. Arik Air operates scheduled daily flights from Abuja, while Med-View Airlines only operates Hajj flights to Mecca annually.
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) administers the Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport.
TRANSPORTATION IN SOKOTO
Transportation within Sokoto is majorly by bikes and taxis. Buses are very infrequent and are only used for transport between towns in the state.
Tourist attractions in Sokoto include
Sokoto state is richly blessed in tourist attractions as it possesses several historical sites such as
- Makera Assada popular for blacksmithing
- Kofar Rini is also known for the blacksmithing of earrings and necklaces
- Sultan of Sokoto’s Palace
- Usmanu Danfodiyo University
- Heritage and Sokoto Museum
- Usman Dan Fodio’s Tomb
Great Places to Visit in Sokoto
Sokoto state is richly blessed in tourist attractions as it possesses several historical sites such as relics and ruins of Hausa Kingdoms of Kebbi, Gobir, and Zamafara; as well as battlefields and tombs of great warriors and scholars of Sokoto Caliphate. Artefacts, manuscripts and archival documents of Historical significance are also found in museums around Sokoto.
Palace of Sultan of Sokoto: The Sokoto Caliph is the ruler of the Sokoto Caliphate. The Sultan of Sokoto is the spiritual leader of the Sokoto dynasty. The Palace symbolizes the unity of the Nigerian Muslim Ummah. The Sultan’s Palace is of great cultural and artistic excellence, coupled with the rich ancient architecture of the buildings. Hundreds of traditional palace guards can be seen in multi-coloured garbs, regalia and turbans protecting the palace.
City Gates of Sokoto: There are 8 city gateways into Sokoto. In 1808, the construction of the city gates began during the reign of Sultan Bello. Sultan Babba completed the walls, and the walls were built for security reasons to prevent marauders and wild animals from entering the city. The city gates have undergone several architectural transformations over the years.
The museum houses more than 500000 relics, artefacts, archives and historical treasures of Sokoto people. It was established in 1973 to preserve and display all the relics, artefacts and archives that tell the story of the Sokoto Caliphate and its people.
Surame: It is the ruins of the kingdom built by King Mohammed Kanta in the 16th century as the old headquarters of Kebbi Kingdom. The total circumference of the walls is about 19 kilometres and located in Binji Local Government.
Akalawa is the ruins of the capital city of Gobi Kingdom. The Gobirawa people were believed to have migrated from Arabia in the 10th century through Borno. They largely lived in the now known Niger Republic. The Akalawa ruins is located in Sabon Birnin Local Government area of Sokoto.
The Tomb of Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio is the most famous tourist attraction in the Caliphate city. All his relatives are also buried in the Hubbare-the personal residence of Shehu. Hubbare is the place where he lived and dedicated the remaining days of his life to teaching, writing and preaching. It is located some metres away from the southwestern part of the Palace on Sultan Bello Road, near Shehu’ Mosque. The House consists of the tombs of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio, who died in 1817, several of his family members, war commanders, scholars and 6 Sultans of Sokoto. The tomb receives at least 700 religious worshippers, tourists and researchers daily.
Sheu’ Usman Dan Fodio’s Mosque: The Mosque was constructed by Shehu Usman Dan Fodio himself in 1815 and it remains an important historical site till date. It has been renovated into a modern structure in 1962 but retains its historical importance.
Sokoto Museum: This national museum houses artefacts and monuments of the old Sokoto Caliphate. The museum is specially dedicated to Usman Dan Fodio and his personal items such as thrones, scriptures, maps and copies of his Koran.
Heritage Museum located at the Department of Fine Arts in Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto also holds in abundance the rich cultural artefacts of the Sokoto Kingdom.
Gilbadi Rocks: The rocks contain ancient fossil remains that are classified as pointers to the origin of life in general.
Giginya Battlefield Square: This is the site where Sultan Attahiru led the forces of Sokoto into battle against the British troops in 1903. The battlefield was originally on the outskirts of Sokoto city and was surrounded by palm trees called “Giginya” in Hausa. The name Giginya has been given to many other organisations such as Giginya barracks, Giginya restaurants, and Giginya hotel in Sokoto to commemorate the 1903 battle. Giginya battlefield is now designated Shehu Kanginwa Square where events and Government ceremonies are performed.
Goronyo Dam: Goronyo Dam was built in 1981 along River Rima to boost irrigation agriculture in the area. It is currently one of the largest man-made dams in West Africa.
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Kano: Kano is the 2nd largest city in Nigeria after Lagos. It is also the 2nd major seat of the Hausas/Fulanis, Sokoto being the Caliphate. Kano is an ancient city, the pride of the Northerners and the commercial nerve of the North. The city boasts an international airport, several tourist attractions such as the Bagauda Lage/Tiga Lake Resort, Audu Bako Zoo, Gidan Makama Museum Monument, Kofar Mata Dyeing Pit and others. The Durbar festival hosted by the Emir of Kano celebrates the 2 annual Muslim festivals and attracts a large number of tourists from within and outside Nigeria.
Ilorin: Ilorin is the Capital of Kwara State in the North Central region of Nigeria. It is the home of legal luminaries in Nigeria. Ilorin is blessed with many natural resources and tourists attractions including the Esie Museum, Sobi Hill, Ilorin Central Mosque, Emir’s Palace, Owu waterfalls, Dada Pottery, and Alimi’s Mosque.
Minna: Minna is a quiet and lovable commercial city in the Central part of Nigeria. It used to be a collection point for agricultural produce years back. It also served as a labour camp for railway construction workers. Minna has a blend of several cultures and life styles. Notable tourists sites to visit in Minna includes the Gurara Falls, Baro port, Wushishi Transway engine-first railway locomotive engine, Kainji Lake, and Kainji Lake National Park.
The costs of travelling to these cities start from NGN30000 and the journey starts from 1 hour.
Cities of other countries of the world with rich history and culture like Sokoto includes
London, Washington DC, Bangkok, Helsinki, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
Flight fares to these cities start from NGN300000. The flight time takes an average of 7 hours to 17 hours depending on the location.
FAQS about flights in Sokoto
-What is the best time to fly to Sokoto?
Flights can land at Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport all year round, as the climate is relatively dry.
-When is the Best time to book a Ticket?
Tickets are best booked at least 30 to 45 days before departure.
-How long does the trip take?
The flight from Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to Sokoto is 1 hour 10 minutes.
-What is the distance between both cities?
The driving distance between Abuja and Sokoto is 649km, while the flight distance is 479km. It takes 7 hours 24 minutes to drive to Sokoto from Abuja, while the flight time to Sokoto from Abuja is 1 hour 10 minutes.
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