Nigeria is a continental powerhouse which enjoys respect within and outside the continent. Nigeria is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”, owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 174 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. It is in this vast and populous country where you find Calabar.
Calabar is a city in Cross River State, coastal southeastern Nigeria. The original name for Calabar was Akwa Akpa, from the Efik language. The city is watered by the Calabar and Great Kwa Rivers and creeks of the Cross River. Occupying such a unique geographic position enables Calabar to offer some of the best attractions.
Kwa Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in a narrow, steep gorge on the headwaters of the Kwa River. The sparkling natural waters eternally fall through the mounds of igneous rocks of tropical reminiscence. Kwa Falls is characterised by its well arranged staircase of 234 steps from the plane down to the rest place of the cloudy waters. All this is against a typical tropical mangrove forest of Mahogany, Ebony and Spruce trees adding to the undulating landscape that surrounds the fall. The nearby Kwa River Sand Beach is recommended for an afternoon’s peaceful relaxation.
Situated by the Calabar River, Tinapa is a business and leisure resort conceptualised to be an integrated business resort. Tinapa Free Zone has world class facilities that enable visitors to engage in retail and wholesale activities as well as leisure and entertainment. Tinapa has lettable space for retail and wholesale, several line shops, warehouses etc. It also has an open exhibition area for trade exhibitions and other events, a movie production studio commonly referred to as “Studio Tinapa” or “Nollywood”, an entertainment strip that comprise a casino, an Eight-Screen Cinema, a children’s arcade, restaurants and a mini amphitheater, a night club and pubs. The Tinapa Waterpark is an invitation to experience unequalled family fun in Tinapa’s scenic environment. The Waterpark comprises adult and children sized pools, exciting water games, breath-taking slides, a Lazy River, a Wave-pool – surfer’s delight as well as other exciting attractions.
Cross River National Park is an integral part of the Cross River State rainforest conservation area, located in Boki LGA and spans from Kanyan to the foot of the Obudu plateau with a total land area of 720sqkm of rugged mountain scenery and rolling hills. The park is divided into two sections. The Park is home to many localised species of plants and animals which include gorilla, drill, chimpanzee, a gwantibo or golden potto forest elephant, saleginella specie. Baboons, Leopards, Red Foxes, Drill Monkeys, Buffaloes and Elephants are also found there. It also harbours a rich collection of flora and fauna.
Obudu Mountain Resort is located in the highlands of Cross River State, only 45 miles from the border with Cameroon. It possesses a temperate climate due to its high altitude. The resort has a helipad for access by air. At the base of the hills on which the ranch is located lies a newly built world-class water park with state-of-art swimming facilities and water slides for children, teens and adults.
Calabar is truly one of the finest and most magnificent tourist destinations in the world today and presents an area of idyllic tranquility and enchanting scenery.