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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

Places worth visiting in Cross River State

Places worth visiting in Cross River State

Cross River State is a place of beauty and unusual peace. The State is unbelievably massive. Imagine travelling for over seven hours between two towns (particularly Calabar and Obudu) within the same State. Though, the bad road is a major contributor. Arguably, the State hosts the largest carnival in Africa and has one of the largest seaports in Nigeria.

There are so many historical sites scattered around the State. Well, I didn't get the opportunity to visit all of them, but I have curated the various places I have visited in the State to show you just why it is called The Nation's Paradise. There is a separate post on Obudu Cattle Ranch (the real paradise).

They say a picture is worth more than a thousand words, hopefully my pictures will inspire you to explore more, speak differently about Nigeria and help you build some courage to travel either Solo or as a group within Nigeria. Feel free to share, comment and subscribe.

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT MINI MUSEUM

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT MINI MUSEUM

  NATIONAL PARK, CROSS RIVER

NATIONAL PARK, CROSS RIVER

  KWA WATERFALLS

KWA WATERFALLS

  KWA WATERFALLS

KWA WATERFALLS

  KWA WATERFALLS

KWA WATERFALLS

  KWA WATERFALLS.  

KWA WATERFALLS. 

The house is where the caretaker stays and I hired the vehicle from the hotel.

  AGBOKIM WATERFALLS

AGBOKIM WATERFALLS

  A FANCY ROUND-ABOUT

A FANCY ROUND-ABOUT

  CERCOPAN (THE DRILL RANCH). 

CERCOPAN (THE DRILL RANCH). 

Shamefully, the place is slowly going into extinction due to inadequate funding. The Drill Ranch is a Drill Rehabilitation and Breeding Center which started in 1991. The NGO was founded by Peter Jenkins and Liza Gadsby to preserve the life of endangered drill monkeys. 

  UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR

UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR

  MARY SLESSOR

MARY SLESSOR

The white Queen of Calabar who put an end to the killing of twins

  THE MILLENUIM PARK

THE MILLENUIM PARK

  ' Ameyong'    meaning    W   elcome.   At the least, I learnt that on my visit.

'Ameyong' meaning Welcome. At the least, I learnt that on my visit.

  CALABAR MONORAIL

CALABAR MONORAIL

  THE WATER PARK AT TINAPA

THE WATER PARK AT TINAPA

  STUDIO TINAPA/NOLLYWOOD

STUDIO TINAPA/NOLLYWOOD

  TINAPA RESORT

TINAPA RESORT

  MONOLITHS OF IKOM

MONOLITHS OF IKOM

  GIANT HAND SCULPTURE

GIANT HAND SCULPTURE

  GIANT CLAPPED FEET SCULPTURE

GIANT CLAPPED FEET SCULPTURE

I wonder what it signifies.

  CITY CENTRE OF CALABAR

CITY CENTRE OF CALABAR

  NATIONAL MUSEUM |  ( known as the Old Residency Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM |  (known as the Old Residency Museum

  NATIONAL MUSEUM, CALABAR

NATIONAL MUSEUM, CALABAR

  NATIONAL MUSEUM, CALABAR

NATIONAL MUSEUM, CALABAR

  NATIONAL MUSEUM, CALABAR

NATIONAL MUSEUM, CALABAR

  TORTOGA ISLAND

TORTOGA ISLAND

  ZOO GARDEN

ZOO GARDEN

  CALABAR SLAVE MUSEUM   (No pictures allowed inside)

CALABAR SLAVE MUSEUM (No pictures allowed inside)

  MARINA RESORT

MARINA RESORT

  HOPE WADDELL . 

HOPE WADDELL

Established by Missionaries even before Nigeria came into being. 

  MARGARET EKPO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

MARGARET EKPO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Final thoughts on visiting Cross River State

I couldn't ignore how pleasantly the indigenes of the State spoke of Donald Duke. I truly wish his legacy will live on and that future administrations surpass his achievements.

Though massive, the state is a largely rural. Apart from Calabar (which is always the highlight), Ikom and to a lesser degree Obudu, Cross River state is largely rural.

There's not much on ground in terms of economic activities. As we can appreciate from my pictures, others parts of the State (asides Calabar) can benefit from infrastructure development.

I enjoyed my trips to Cross River State and I sincerely look forward to visiting again. 

Have you ever visited any of the towns or major tourist destinations in Cross River State? Did you travel by road or air? What was your experience? I would love to read from you.

Feel free to comment and don't forget to share and subscribe.

Thank you.

Margaret,

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Awolowo Museum and Private Beach

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