Why you need to visit Calabar (Nigeria)
Calabar is one of the beautiful cities in Nigeria, and the capital city of Cross River State (south-eastern part of Nigeria). It is by the side of the Calabar and Great Kwa Rivers and the creeks of the Cross River. Calabar is fondly called the Canann City, and there are a lot of fun things to do in the Calabar.
Places to See in Calabar
If you are considering coming to Nigeria for tourism, I suggest you add the Calabar to the list of places to visit. What not to like about the beautiful city? It has plenty of fantastic attractions like the Kwa Falls, Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Obudu Mountain Resort, Agbokim Waterfalls, Cross River National Park, and other incredible places we will be talking about here.
Kwa Falls is a waterfall that is located in a narrow, steep gorge on the Kwa River. It is simply a tropical paradise; the gorgeous beach at the edge of the pool is irresistible and no amount of words I will use to justify its beauty. You’ve got to see for yourself!
Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort:
Apart from being the first integrated leisure and business resort in Nigeria, it is created to give tourists a dream experience; whether you are there for business or pleasure, Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort offer you the best of both worlds. So come over, and take advantage of the world-class facility of retail wholesale and recreational activities.
Obudu Mountain Resort
This picturesque resort is in the highlands of Cross River State, looking for the perfect place to add to your photo album, visit Obudu Mountain Resort to see miles of rolling mountain.
Cross River National Park
The Cross River National Park is a preserved tropical rainforest in West Africa; you see nature at its best. If you want an ecotourism destination, this should be on the top of your list; it has rare birds and animals in their natural tropical rainforest habitat.
National Museum Calabar
It is formerly the Government House during the Colonial rule, and in the late 1800s, the British built and shipped the structure in parts to Calabar. You will find old relics, furnishings, artefacts, and documents the National Museum.
Chief Ekpo Bassey’s House
The ancient house has stood the test of time, and it stands out for its history and affluence of Chief Ekpo Bassey, who was the Kingmaker of the Efik tribe and a politician during the colonial era.
The gardens were built in the 1880s and were created by the British. The gardens still stand in all its beauty today.
Apart from seeing new and exotic places in Calabar, another fun thing to do is to visit Calabar during the Carnival. This Carnival is one of the best carnivals in the world, and the Carnival is indeed the pride of Nigeria. Calabar Carnival is one of the biggest and longest tourism events in West Africa, with over two million revelers and features participants from over 25 different countries. You’ve got to see it!
Without mincing words, Calabar Carnival is Africa’s best Carnival, and it is a month-long celebration filled with exciting events. Moreover, the highlight of the Carnival is the Street Parade, which features the Battle of the Bands. Furthermore, there are ceremonies, concerts, street parties, sporting events, masques events, art shows, and non-stop parties. Usually, the Carnival runs over the whole month of December; it begins the first day of the month and ends on New Year’s Eve. Do something different this year by visiting Calabar to see for yourself.
Is it safe to travel to Calabar?
Nigeria may not have an excellent reputation of being the safest country, but the Cross River Government takes safety, especially during the Carnival as a top priority. Besides, people from twenty-six different countries wouldn’t have graced the city in the past if it wasn’t safe. Numbers can’t lie after all.
Enjoy your trip, and know that there is a certain time of the year that is better to go. It is my understanding that Nigeria has two seasons, hot and rainy. Otherwise you need to be able to have a great tolerance for heat.