Destination Nigeria: Calabar

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Welcome to Calabar, the jewel of the South! This vibrant city, nestled in the lush landscapes of Nigeria’s southern region, is a treasure trove of cultural richness and unique experiences for intrepid travelers. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, there’s always something to enjoy in Calabar.

Here are some of the major and most popular sites to visit in the city:

Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu Cattle Ranch |

Located in the highlands of Cross River State, this stunning resort, also known as Obudu Cattle Ranch, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. With its picturesque location, it is renowned for its natural beauty and is a popular destination for visitors seeking a serene retreat amidst the scenic splendor of the region.

Obudu Cattle Ranch has many beautiful mountain-area and country-side views and is one of Africa’s finest and most interesting tourist destinations. It is a perfect place for those who love adventure and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and camping.

Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort

Tinapa Leisure Resort |

Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort is Africa’s leading resort for business and leisure, located in the North of Calabar, Cross River State. It is a world-class resort that offers a variety of entertainment options such as cinema, shopping, gaming, and water sports and is also a great place to relax and unwind with family and friends.

Calabar Museum

Old Residency Museum |

The Calabar Museum is a must-visit for history lovers, as it offers a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the city. Also called the Old Residency Museum, it is a 19th-century building that had been planted on a hill and overlooks the Calabar River and served as the residence and administrative office of British officials during the colonial era. It houses a collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs that showcase the lifestyle and traditions of the people.

Marina Resort

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This beautiful park offers a relaxing environment for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the city. It has a variety of attractions such as a mini zoo, a water park, and a recreational center for children. It was opened in 2007 by the former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, and is a historical site and recreational site dedicated to the promotion of tourism in the city of Calabar.

Duke Town Church

Duke Town Church |

This historic church is one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Calabar.This historic site in Calabar, built in 1846 by Presbyterian church missionaries, offers insights into the area’s religious history, making it a must-visit for those interested in Calabar’s cultural heritage. It is located near the cemetery where the remains of Scottish missionary, Mary Slessor, who is most famous for stopping the common practice of the killing of twins in Okoyong, an area of Cross River State, Nigeria.

Slave History Museum

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The Slave History Museum is a dedicated institution that educates visitors about the history of the transatlantic slave trade and the significant role that Calabar played in this dark chapter of human history. Established in 2007 as a tourism initiative by Cross River State and opened in 2011, this site is located at the historic Marina Beach, once the site of a fifteenth-century slave-trading warehouse.

As you explore Calabar, you may encounter reminders of its past struggles, but also opportunities for reflection on progress made towards equality and justice. It’s a testament to resilience, a reminder of change, and a celebration of positive strides.

Kwa Falls

Kwa Falls |

Located in Cross River National Park, Kwa Falls is nestled in a lush, green valley along the Kwa River. The falls feature large water bodies cascading down heavy rocks, forming a creek with unfamiliar depth as it flows down. This stunning waterfall is located about an hour’s drive from Calabar and is a great place to spend a day trip. Visitors can swim, hike, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle.

From its rich history to its vibrant culture and breathtaking natural beauty, Calabar has it all. Calabar has something for everyone – adventure, history, relaxation. Come explore this enchanting city, create cherished memories, and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

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