10 top things to see and do in Cross River state Number 5 will amaze you
From waterfalls to beautiful resorts, there is so much to be engaging in when you’re not seeing the carnival in Calabar.
When visiting Cross River, there are many things to look forward to doing and seeing. Here are a few.
1.Waterfalls of Agbokim
Agbokim Falls is one of the most popular waterfall-chasing spots in Nigeria.
Agbokim Waterfalls is near the Nigeria-Cameroon border, around 17 kilometers from Ikom and 315 kilometers from Calabar.
It features seven streams, each of which cascades down a steep cliff, creating seven-faced falls.
2. Kwa Falls
Kwa Falls is another stunning cascade on the Kwa River’s headwaters, located in a small, steep ravine.
Kwa Falls is found in the Cross River National Park’s Oban sector.
It is distinguished by a 234-step staircase from top to bottom. You can also go to the Kwa River Sand Beach, which is close by.
3. Slave History Museum
The Slave History Museum is located in Marina Resort, Calabar, on the site of a 15th-century slave-trading warehouse.
The museum features a large display of the slave trade era in Nigeria and West Africa, as well as other exhibits commemorating Nigeria’s rich past.
4. Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu Mountain Resort, one of the state’s most popular locations, is about 45 miles from the Cameroon border.
The Obudu Mountain Resort is situated in the highlands of Cross River State and is so high up that its temperate temperature is one of its main draws.
There are cable trains to ride, springs to swim in, and even rare gorillas to see.
5. Tinapa Resort.
Tinapa Resort, located 10 kilometers from Calabar, is a government-owned integrated business and recreational resort.
The water theme park is one of the most popular attractions here.
There are, however, several world-class facilities such as a hotel, arcade, and amphitheater.
6.Mary Slessor’s House
Mary Mitchell Slessor was a Christian missionary that arrived on Nigerian shores in 1876. She settled in the Akpap Okoyong, Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State and built the two-bedroom mud house with a veranda, a store, and a parlor which she called a “Caravan”. This was where she kept the children and twins she saved from death, from the community.
7. Cross River National Park
The Cross River National Park has two separate sections, Okwangwo (established 1991) and Oban (established 1988). The park is known as the Pride of Nigeria and for good reason, it is home to endangered species of animals and plants and has been listed as a biodiversity hotspot.
8. Unwind at Torutuga Island
Tortuga Island is an area comprising of three popular plantation-style bars overlooking the nearby Calabar River. It is located in beautiful gardens in Calabar Marina Resort.
9. Visit Drill Ranch
Drill Ranch, Pandrillus is located in Boki at the foot of the Afi Mountain about a 5-hour drive from Calabar. Pandrillus is a conservation area where Drill Monkeys are rehabilitated and re-introduced into the wild. You’ll also find other rescued animals like antelopes, parrots, and more.
10. Calabar Carnival
The Calabar Carnival is the pinnacle of Cross River tourism, if not all of Nigeria.
Tourists from all over the world flock to Cross River and other regions of Nigeria every December for a procession and showcase of culture and heritage.
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