TOP 10 TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN CROSS RIVER
Cross River is serenity personified. It is considered to be the capital of tourism in Nigeria.
And its capital, Calabar was formerly known as AKWA AKPA and its is the location for the yearly Calabar carnival.
So, are you planning a getaway weekend, a honeymoon or a pleasure visit? You simply cannot go wrong with Cross River state. This beautiful state provides a seamless blend of history and modernity. It’s a fusion of trend and vintage. It is simply timeless.
So, if you are planning to visit this tourist den, make sure you see these top ten tourist destinations in:
1. AGBOKIM WATERFALLS
Seating at the edge of a cliff in the depth of the rain forest, these pure waters assembled from seven streams gush down the steep cliff is a wild, gushing manner that only nature can offer.
This beauty of the falls mixes with the beauty of greenish vegetation surrounding it.
Agbokim waterfalls is a must see and it’s located about 17 kilometers from Ikom LGA close to the Nigerian /Cameroon borders.
2. OBUDU CATTLE RANCH
This beautiful tourist Hotspot was established by the state government. It seats on highlands and stretches in miles providing a majestic greenish scenery that makes every tourist yearn for it. OBUDU has a serene atmosphere which offers the tourists the tranquility they seek.
3.DRILL REHABILITATION CENTER
Established in 1991 by Peter Jenkins and Lisa Gadsby, this center offers safe heaven for endangered species of African primates.
4. TINAPA RESORT
This tourist beauty screams class. The spectacular structures and architectural beauty leaves tourists gasping in disbelief. It has luxury hotels, water themed parks, nightclubs, and cinemas.
It’s 10km from Calabar and it definitely offers the peace and fun you seek.
5. MARY SLESSOR’S HOUSE
Mary Mitchelle Slessor came into Nigeria in 1876 as a missionary worker attached to United Presbyterian Church. She made Akpap Okoyong Odukpan in cross river state her home.
Mary Slessor, the Champion of twins lived in Nigeria for 40 years and her home , which has become a tourist beehive, still stands till today.
6. KWA FALLS
Flowing down the narrow rocky pathway in the tropical rainforest, Kwa falls gushes with fury.
This fall provides one of the most beautiful natural scenery ever. The plush vegetation of the tropical forest, the loud echoes of the cascading falls and the crashing sounds of the waters smashing through the rocks will send excitement rushing in your veins.
7. CROSS RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Located in Boki LGA, this park is the richest tropical rainforest in West Africa. It’s seats proudly on a 720 sqkm. It is a home to various species of plants and animals and also the amazing golden potto forest elephants, gorillas and leopards.
8. SLAVE MUSEUM
This museum holds the remains of the history of the slave trade that happened in the 15th century in marina Beach. It was established in 2007 and commissioned in 2011.
9.CHIEF EKPO BASSEY’S HOUSE
Chief Ekpo Bassey was a prominent man in Cross River. His home is located on 19 boko Street and it is an vintage beauty.
With all its parts imported from Britain during the construction at the time, the house retains all its beauty till date.
10. MARY SLESSOR’S TOMB
Mary Slessor who died in Cross River Nigeria, was buried in Eyamba street cemetery. This missionary was the one who championed the abolishment of killing of twins.
She rests on and her grave is a tourist site for those who love to honor her memories.
Written by Chioma Ngaikedi.