Port Harcourt is a gulf city and capital of Rivers State in the Niger Delta area of South South Nigeria and is the centre for the oil industry in the country. English is generally spoken, but Ikwerre (the indigenous language) is also spoken, and Pidgin English is widely spoken across all demography, as found in most parts of the country. Port Harcourt was named after Lord Lewis Harcourt, the Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1913.
Port Harcourt generally known as the 'PH City' is one of the beautiful places to visit in Nigeria. Port Harcourt was formed in 1912. In 2016, Port Harcourt was home to about 1.2 million people.
Get in edit
By plane edit
- Port Harcourt International Airport, PHC IATA. There are two international flights operated by Qatar Airways and Lufthansa. It is a 1 hr 10 min flight if you fly in via Lagos or Abuja.
- 1 Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Nigeria. By passenger volume, Port Harcourt International Airport is the country's third-busiest international airport. The airport, which is located in the heart of Nigeria's oil and gas hub, is critical to the country's economic prosperity.
You can easily get into Port Harcourt by plane.
By train edit
Rail service to Port Harcourt is not operating as of July 2022. However, The 2 Port Harcourt Central railway station is on Station Rd.
By bus edit
There are various bus stations and services available to get you into Port Harcourt. Some of which are:
- God is Good Motors (GIGM): This is a popular bus service that can get you into port harcourt, air-conditioned bus.
- Agofure Motors
- ABC Transport
- Peace Mass transit
By boat edit
- From Nembe by ferry.
- Marine Base water front
Get around edit
- 1 Borokiri Market. By the Bonny Jetty where seafood is sold.
- 2 Port Harcourt Zoo, Peter Odili Rd, Trans Amadi 500003, ☏ . Su-F 8AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-6:30PM. Home of the wasted horse and emaciated lion. ₦ 200.
- 3 Port Harcourt Pleasure Park (between Army Bori Camp and air force base junction), ☏ . Port Harcourt's tourism investment project and as such probably its main attraction, a park with amusement rides and boat rides, waterways, gardens, playgrounds, restaurant/bar and concert venues.
- Izumini River - an hour's drive outside of the city
Carniriv Festival hold annually in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It is the oldest carnival in Nigeria and it was established in 1988. The cultural diversity and collective heritage of the local people in Rivers state is firmly rooted at the core of tourism. The Carnival starts few weeks before Christmas, and lasts for seven days combining two carnivals which are contemporary Caribbean style carnival and a cultural carnival which turns the ‘Garden City’ to a very colourful destination.
- 1 Mile Three Market, Ikwerre Rd, Woji, ☏ . 6AM-10PM. Port Harcourt's biggest street market. You could probably get lost here. Mile One Market down the road burned down a while back, but should be back now too.
- 2 Everyday Supermarket, 93 Woji Road, Elechi. 8AM-8:45PM.
- 3 Emmanuel Shopping Plaza, oromerezimgbu community, No 1 Akegwere Street, Rebisi, ☏ .
- 4 Olison Super Stores, 38 Mbonu St, Elechi, ☏ . 8AM-9PM.
- 5 De-Amiable Supermarket, 52 Elekahia Rd, Oroworokwo, ☏ . 8AM-9PM.
- 6 Ofosco Iyk Supermarket, 13 Ogbuga Street, Ogbunabali, Nkpogu, ☏ . 9AM-6:30PM.
- 7 Godswill Supermarket, Olu Obasanjo Rd, Elechi.
- 8 De Unity & Peace Supermarket, 40 Elekahia Rd, Elekahia, ☏ . 8AM-8:30PM.
- 9 Desire supermarket, 216 Ikwerre Rd, Mgbuosimiri, ☏ .
- 10 New hope supermarket, 42 Azikiwe St, Woji, ☏ .
- 11 Welldone Supermarket, 117 Olu Obasanjo Rd, GRA Phase II, ☏ . 8AM-8PM.
- 12 Whiteolives stores, 159 Woji Road, Elechi.
- 13 Tee N Tee Supermarket, No 3 Egelege, Off Olu Obasanjo Road, D/line, ☏ . 8AM-9PM.
Rice, egusi soup with eba or fufu, pounded yam, papper soup, ogbono soup.
Suya - A kind of spicy meat kebab. Available at the side of any road cooked over charcoal. Wash it down with a Coke, called locally a mineral, or a bottle of the local Guinness or Maltina.
- 1 Spice Route, First floor, Mall Spar, 1 Azikiwe Rd, ☏ . This Asian fusion restaurant in the Old GRA district offers nice views from its balcony at the mall and doubles as a club for when you want to socialize and drink.
- 2 BCON Restaurant and Hotel, No: 2 yola street, off Nzimiro, amadi flat, Old GRA, ☏ . 8AM-10:30PM. Buffet and a la carte international cuisine and bar next to pool at a hotel.
There is great night life here.
Try Cheers Bar in GRA every Sunday! Place is absolutely packed with guys and girls being treated to awesome music by Nick and Smart. Food is great, service is friendly and the beers are cold!
Also on weekends Wine Bar, Bunga Villa (as the locals call it) and Aristo House are great!.
- 1 Hotel Presidential, Aba Road, ☏ . A locally owned hotel, centrally located.
- Mina Hotels is a relatively nice and clean place - the rooms are quite large and do not have that "wet" and old smell other hotels in this price range usually have.
- 2 Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Danag (Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Port Harcourt), 79 Ken Saro Wiwa Rd., ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. 144 rooms & suites along the city's commercial district on the formerly known Stadium Road. From US$50.
- 3 SS3 Boutique Hotel, 10 Raymond Morgan street Phalga, 500001 (in the Rainbow Town district of PH), ☏ . This is like a cozy compound with a pool sporting a fountain plus hot tub, spa, a/c, wifi, restaurant, and free breakfast. Parking might be kind of tight. ₦ 12359.
Le Méridien and Novotel are the two hotels in town which offer high-quality accommodations.
- 4 [dead link] Le Méridien Ogeyi Place, 45 Tombia Street, ☏ , fax: .
- 5 Hotel Novotel Port Harcourt, 3 Stadium Road, ☏ , H5465@accor.com.
- Swiss International Mabisel - Port Harcourt (Swiss International Mabisel Hotel), No. 9 Mabisel Avenue, Off Peter Odili Rd, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. Well-appointed and comfortable rooms. Its state of the art facilities, and exquisite bars and dining options. From US$ 80.
Stay safe edit
Port Harcourt is the centre of oil business in Nigeria. Some people have a strong feeling that the oil is "stolen" from them by local government in cooperation with foreign companies. There are frequent riots, worker strikes and regular reports of kidnapping.
Some bars and clubs, nevertheless, seem relatively safe even during the night.