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KANO DURBAR AND THE HAUSA-BAKWAI TOUR, 2019

This 10 Days, 9 Nights package covers five (5) of the seven Hausa Hausa-Bakwai (seven True Hausa states) and reveals all you need to know about the Hausa people- History, culture/religion settlement pattern, trade/commerce, monuments and exotic sites.


Day 1 (Tue, June 4):

Arrive Kano and transfer to Grand Central Hotel/Tahir Guest Palace. Welcome reception dinner take place at the hotel in the evening. Those that arrive Kano early before 3 pm will enjoy a complimentary lunch of local cuisine including "Fura da Nono."

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 (Wed, June 5):

Set for Katsina town as early as 7:30 am after breakfast. Katsina is one of the ancient cities in Northern Nigeria, and one of the Hausa-Bakwai (Seven True Hausa States) with history dated back to the 10th century. The full day activities shall include, watching of the Hawan Sallah (a colorful display of horse-riding procession to and from the prayer ground), courtesy call on His Royal Highness the Emir of Katsina, lunch at the palace, tour of the palace museum, Gobarau minaret and visit to the National museum, Katsina. Return to Kano in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 (Thu, June 6):

The day starts with early breakfast and visit to Dawakin Tofa pot making village. Guests will have the opportunity to learn and participate in making their own pots. Return to Kano city and visit the Gidan Makama National Museum. The original edifice was constructed in the 15th century and now housed 11 galleries illustrating the Hausa tradition, arts and history. In the evening we visit the Emir's Palace to watch the Hawan Daushe which is the high point of the of the Durbar experience. The Hawan Daushe is a gathering of hundreds of royal horse riders with a display of horsemanship representing different chiefdoms within the Kano emirate, who come to pay homage to the Emir.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 (Fri, June 7):

The day begins with early breakfast and attends the Hawan Nassarawa. This is a colorful parade of horses and riders escorting the Emir to visit the Gidan Nassarawa (the colonial seat of power) and later pay courtesy call on the State Governor. In the afternoon we take tour of the Kano city Wall/Gates. Described as the oldest existing earth (mud) structure, the Kano city wall covers about 14km radius and its initial construction was traced to 1095 AD. Guest will view the remnant of this ancient structure and its associated gates. The tour include visit to the 500 years old Kofar Mata Dye Pits to watch the demonstration and participate in the dyeing of local Ankara (Fabrics). The day ends with a dinner/gala night at the historic Kano tourists' camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 (Sat, June 8):

Bargaining for goods and services in the local market is an art that requires how to be mastered. After breakfast, guest shall be coached on the tricks and tips to successfully get a better deal while buying items or negotiating contract at the local market, before the start of the Kano Old City tour. The tour begins with visit to the Dala Hill. The hill and its surrounding are believed to be the pioneer settlements in Kano. From Dala Hill we visit the ancient Kurmi Market via the famous Jakara community where we'll have a walking tour through the local bakery making neighborhood ('Yan Gurasa) and the city's narrow paths. Kurmi Market is one of the oldest and largest local market in Africa. It used to serve as an international market linking North African and some European countries through trans-Saharan trade. It is famous for local leatherwork, textiles, iron and brass work, spices etc.

Meals:Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 (Sun, June 9):

The day tour begins with a trip to Daura emirate, historically the root of the Hausa language. It is regarded as the origin of the Hausa Bakwai (Seven True Hausa States). Guests will visit the Emir palace, the ancient Kusugu well and pay homage to the Emir of Daura. From Daura we'll return to Kano with stopovers at Dawanau market (The West Africa's largest commodity and grain market), and Badume town to watch the Fulani (Fulbe) traditional cane-whipping sport of "Sharo/Shadi", a display of bravery and endurance.

Meals:Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 (Mon, June 10):

On day seven we travel to Rano, another Hausa Bakwai (Seven True Hausa States) emirate. A walk tour through the old Rano township, reveals the settlement pattern and communal tradition of the Hausa people for the guest to appreciate. The Rano tour will be recapped with visit to the Emir of Rano palace and museum. From Rano we move to Rurum to visit the relics of the rocky leisure and resort overlooking the beautiful water. From Rurum we will have a stopover at the famed Rock Castle Hotel, strategically located, overlooking the famous Tiga Dam. The Rock castle was built in the 60's to host Queen Elizabeth II, when she came visiting. From Tiga we set for Zaria along the road watching the beautiful scenery around National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism and Nigeria Law Schools' Campuses. The night will be spent at Zaria.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 (Tue, June 11):

Zaria, formally called Zazzau is also one of the Hausa-Bakwai (Seven True Hausa States) emirates. The half day tour starts with visit to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (the largest University in Nigeria), via the Nigerian Civil Aviation Technology, Zaria (Nigeria's premier aviation training institute) and visit to Wusasa community which is the oldest missionary settlement in Northern Nigeria. From Wusasa we enter the old city viewing the relics of the city wall and gates and visit the Emir's Palace to pay courtesy call on the Emir and learn about Zazzau at the the Palace Museum. We can't live Zazzau without listening to the history of the Kingdom's 15th century warrior Queen, Amina of Turunku, Zaria, whose story was used for a TV series called Xena and a view of the beautiful Kufena Hills (a historical landscape and national monument). We set for Kano in the evening.

Meals:Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 (Wed, June 12):

The day activities begin with the tour of the Sabon Gari community, which is a representation the 'melting-point' setting of Kano. Guest will visit the palaces of the other two major tribes of Nigeria that settled and flourishes in Kano - The Igbo's and the Yoruba's. We will take a tour of the two oldest church houses - the Baptist and ECWA - in Kano. From Sabon Gari we move to Minjibir weaving village, where guest will watch and participate in the weaving of local fabrics. Kano used to be a hive in cotton and textile activities. Away from the village we visit the Minjibir pack and resort, where guest will while away the rest of the day in the serene and beautiful environment. Dinner and Gala night follow up at Kano Tourist Camp on return to the city.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 (Thu, June 13):

Departure of guests and end of tours.

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