CALABAR AND OBUDU CATTLE RANCH
DECEMBER
2002

DORI, JAMIE, TINA, JIM AND SARGENT
BLESSING AT KWA FALLS
CALABAR,
NIGERIA

KWA
FALLS
INTERNET
INFORMATION
The Kwa Falls are an hour's drive from Calabar. From there interesting
canoe trips can be taken into the rain forest. Accommodation, restaurants
and bars are widely available in Calabar. Bush-taxis run between Calabar
and the Cameroon border, as well as between Calamar and Lagos. The
Cross River National Park and the Oban Hills are interesting areas
northwest of Calabar.
WHAT WE
SAW
pretty much the truth. we did not see any canoe trips but it was a very nice
place. turn at the second mobil station on the way into calabar and bear in
mind that the sign is very small and is primarly directions to the police
station that is on the same road into a plantation. miss world visited the
falls and there is no one much to show you around.

CROSS RIVERS NATIONAL
PARK
internet information
It is located in the forest belt of south-east Nigeria. It has two sector, the southern Urban Division
near Calabar and the Nothern Okwangwo Division near Obudu. It is conceived to protect and
conserve the last vestige of the rain forest ecosystem and to promote eco-tourism in Nigeria. It is
about an hour's drive from Calabar and can also be linked through Port Harcourt route.
Facilities
The ultimate tourism potential of Cross River National Park lies on the development of the Kanyang
Tourist Village to exploit the unlimited tourism resources of the Mbe Gorilla and the Obudu Cattle
Ranch
Attractions
The Park is home to many localised species of plants and animals which, include gorilla,drill.
chimpanzee, an gwantibo or golden potto forest elephant, saleginella species.
WHAT
WE SAW
NICE PLACE WITH A VERY COPERATIVE GENERAL MANAGER. THE PARK IS NOT READY TO OPEN BUT
THEY ARE PLANNING A OPENING OF SOME SORT FOR EASTER OF 2003. THE PLACE HAS GREAT
POTENTIAL. I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO TAKE THE OPERTUNITY TO DO SOME BACKPACKING AND
SAMPING IN THE RAIN FOREST WHICH IS VERY NICE AND COOL I MIGHT ADD. I SURE A
BACKPACKING ESCURSION INTO THE PARK WOULD YEALD SOME WILDLIFE VIEWING.

OBUDU CATTLE
RANCH
The Obudu Ranch is a popular holiday destination for adventurous
tourists wishing to explore the remote corners of Nigeria. Situated
in the northeast corner of Cross River State, only 45 miles from the
Cameroon border, a tourist can enjoy the countryside of both
Nigeria and Cameroon at the same time.
The Obudu Plateau is spread over an area of 40 sq. miles. It is 5,200
feet above sea level. The climate is cool and pleasant with no
mosquitoes. The landscape is spectacular, with rolling grasslands,
deep-wooded valleys and waterfalls. Iris best to visit Obudu in the
dry season since during the rainy season much of the ranch may be
covered in mist and low clouds and there are thunderstorms.
Between Dec. and Feb. the harmattan is heavy; therefore, the best
times for a visit are the end of Oct. to Dec. and March to May before
the rainy season.
Attractions:
Gorilla Camp, 13 km from the hotel, is accessible either by vehicle
or on foot, where one can take a long, picturesque walk to the
camp, and observe gorillas in their natural habitat. Guests may also
ride horses or embark on hiking trips into the wild (comfortable
shoes and a guide are recommended). Birdwatching here is
unparalleled and there is a pleasantly shaded natural swimming
pool near the Ranch House. If visitors accept the challenge of a
three-hour hike, they'll be rewarded with a stop at the waterfall,
nestled amid captivating scenery. In spite of the altitude, it can get
quite hot in the day, with five sunshine hours in the dry season
(Oct. - April) and roughly two during rainy season (July to Aug.).
Other activities include: golf, badminton, lawn tennis, squash and
horseback riding.
Accommodations:
The Ranch Hotel maintains 33 chalets and boasts a friendly staff,
superb restaurant and bar, and laundry/dry cleaning services.
Chalets provide exquisite comfort with a large sitting room, color
TV, VCR, cocktail bar, kitchen & spacious bedroom with double
bed. The Ranch Hotel operates 24-hours during peak periods,
Sept.-Dec., reservations should be made at the Cross River State
House in Lagos. Or, by mail to: Hotel Manager, Obudu Cattle Ranch,
P.O. Box 87, Obudu, Cross River State, Nigeria.
Route:
The sights are spectacular on the drive east, through rolling
mountains and the dense forest with trees so high their branches
form a canopy, shading out the sun entirely. This phenomenon has
led to the area being called "Nigeria's Amazon," and is
not to be missed. However, should one prefer to fly, they can do so
from any major city to Calabar then proceed by car over the five
hour route via Ikom.
WELL WORTH THE VISIT,
VERY, VERY NICE

AGBOKI
M FALLS
EXCELENT SIDE TRIP FROM IKOM ON THE
WAY TO THE CATTLE RANCH
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