Things to do in Abuja under ₦5000

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Abuja is Nigeria’s most opulent city. With mansions towering behind beautifully trimmed topiary and luxury cars zooming past seemingly endless highways, it’s easy to think fun activities would be expensive.

I set out to prove otherwise and discovered things to do under ₦5000 in Abuja.


Enjoy A Hearty Meal
Food CentralGet directions

Food central spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese for lunch

It’s a bad idea to explore on an empty tummy, make a fuel stop at Food Central. They serve yummy large portions and are open 24 hours.
Be aware, their POS machine never works. Do go with cash or be ready for the escorted walk to the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) next door.

Afang soup Poundo Yam food central

Afang Soup & Poundo Yam


Learn The Beautiful Art of Pottery
Ushafa Pottery Center

Ushafa pottery village

A Gbagyi woman at work

Watch the Gbagyi women dexterously chip away at the clay pots placed on their laps at Ushafa Pottery Center. I’d never seen art so delicate and I asked to join in; a request they welcomed with open arms. Don’t forget to buy memorabilia as a token of your appreciation.

Ushafa pottery village center

All smiles at Ushafa Pottery Village


Hop On A Train To Kaduna
₦3000 return ticket
Idu Train StationGet directions

Train ride Abuja Kaduna

My first train ride

The thrill is in the ride not the destination. The train tracks run through little picturesque villages you’d most likely have missed if travelled by road. It was my first train ride and in between oohs and aahs I was able to capture the beauty that is Northern Nigeria in pixels.


Go Paint Balling
Bushfighters Paintball ArenaGet directions

Paintball in Abuja Bushfighters arena

Bushfighters Paintball Arena

Is adventure ever complete without an adrenaline fix? I think not. Gather a couple of your friends to join you at the Bushfighters Paintball Arena for an afternoon of dodging bullets.


Go On An Ice Cream & Waffles Date
Waffle StopGet directions

Waffle stop Abuja ice cream

with the best date @ayodejirotinwa

Temperature in Abuja peaks outrageously during the dry season. On a hot humid day, grab your favorite person and get some respite at Waffle Stop. Any excuse to have Abuja’s tastiest red velvet waffles & ice cream is valid. Fitfam can wait #IStandWithYou

Red velvet waffles Abuja stop

Best red velvet waffles in Abuja


Go On A Hike & Picnic
Usuma DamGet directions

Hiking Abuja Usuma dam picnic

A picnic on the hills

Hike up to the summit, spread a blanket and enjoy the view.
If you stick around till the sun sets, the Gbagyi fisherman can be heard chanting as he rows his boat out to collect the nets he had deposited earlier. For those driving call Governor – +2348056411534 – ahead, he’s got the keys to the main gate.

Usuma Dam hiking Abuja night photography

Night time at Usuma Dam

Are there any other places you’ve been to in Abuja under ₦5,000? Feel free to share in the comment section.






  1. Zinny says:

    Something I’ve always wanted to do is learn the art of pottery. I’m not sure why I haven’t done that yet. Thanks for sharing, it’s been a while since I was last at Abuja and I had some form of happiness reading this. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Susan Ekpoh says:

      Awwwwww I understand your nostalgia. It also happens to me whenever I read about a place where I made beautiful memories. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it and best of luck with your pottery classes.

  2. Amarachi says:

    I am definitely bookmarking this post for when next I visit Abuja. I’ve got my sights set on Usuma dam in particular. That last picture is seriously giving me Australian vibes! Lol

  3. Anowa Jude says:

    Trukadero in Wuse 2 ..bowling alley it costs around 2k i think

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