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Hi there!

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!

Such distinctive beauty | Obudu Mountain Resort

Such distinctive beauty | Obudu Mountain Resort

There's a mystery about nature's breathtaking beauty that keeps me falling over and over again with her. Just look how perfectly the clouds romance the mountains...this could very well pass for the Garden of Eden - TAB

2016 would have been my first opportunity to visit this love garden when I travelled to Cross River State but it didn’t happen as I heard the journey would take 7-8 hours by road. I then learnt that it is a shorter distance from Enugu, so I kept this trip in mind for an opportune time.

Fast forward to 2017, I had planned to visit Gambia but…but…I thought a visit to any location within Nigeria will be softer on my pocket, so I decided to sew my cloth according to my bank account and opt for a local tour experience which would give me the same euphoric experience.

Like it was divine, Obudu dropped into my mind. I can already smell the gentle breeze and green mountains of Obudu.  Let’s get packed for this adventure.

Obudu ranch, North East Cross-river, is close to the Cameroon border. Does this make Obudu abroad??! Perhaps, I went abroad without knowing. LoL

The resort had been shut down for months but I hoped that prior to my trip they will be opened for a staycation, so I could experience it all. Viola!..…some weeks before my trip the resort became operational. OMG! My hopes for an adventure was sealed. The flight to Enugu on Airpeace was a pleasant one and my stay in the resort was even nicer as it came with a discount on Hotels.com.ng (remember I told you I was on a budget).

In the past, I had visited Enugu and I still had the contacts of the chauffeur who took me around during my last visit to Enugu. A perfect gentleman and to crown it all, he drives a Toyota highlander which was ‘purrfect’ for the trip because most of roads were in 'normal' conditions.

I arrived Enugu at 8am on Saturday and we drove straight to Cross River State. My adventure started with a stop at Ikom, enroute Obudu to have a feel of the  Agbokim Waterfall. Thereafter,  we continued on an untarred road for about two hours and arrived at Obudu town. A big sigh of finally!. Well, we still had another one hour intestine-like drive to arrive at the resort.

The journey itself was a picturesque experience with the mountains, trees, vegetation on both sides of the road. I was in so much awe and it felt like we were driving into the clouds. Suddenly, the weather began to change so fast. It started raining cat and dog and the fog covered our scenic view. We continued on the extremely windy road to the top of the mountain where it began to feel like I was in Aberdeen. Terrifyingly cold…

Alas! We finally arrived at the resort. I was warmly received by the potter and led to my room at the executive lounge which was super comfy, the water heater and every appliance was functional. The porter was very nice which is typically expected of a Cross River person. I had dinner and retired to my bed. 

Before drifting off to 'Kuvukiland', I hoped and prayed for clear blue skies and a sunny day.

It was dry the following morning. Yayy!! I was high in spirit as always and set out at 8:15am to explore the spectacular and enchanting views of the resort.

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug

THE FAMOUS CATTLE HEAD. At the foot of the resort.

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug |   THE MINI MUSEUM. Located near the reception

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug | THE MINI MUSEUM. Located near the reception

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug | IGAGA WATERFALL

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug | IGAGA WATERFALL

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug | WALKWAY LEADING TO IGAGA WATERFALL

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug | WALKWAY LEADING TO IGAGA WATERFALL

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug

A PRETTY LASS AT IGAGA WATERFALLS. Such crystal clear water

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug| CANOPY WALKWAY

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT | The Ajala Bug| CANOPY WALKWAY

There's also a Tree House at the end, which I didn't reach.

  SPECTACULAR BIRDS EYE VIEWS FROM THE MOUNTAIN VIEW CABIN | Obudu Conservation Center

SPECTACULAR BIRDS EYE VIEWS FROM THE MOUNTAIN VIEW CABIN | Obudu Conservation Center

  LOOKING FOR THE CAMEROONIAN BORDER | Obudu Conservation Center

LOOKING FOR THE CAMEROONIAN BORDER | Obudu Conservation Center

  CATARACT VIEW | Obudu Conservation Center

CATARACT VIEW | Obudu Conservation Center

  Obudu Conservation Center

Obudu Conservation Center

FAR ABOVE THE CLOUDS. I guess I can cancel my hiking trip to Kilimanjaro Mountain.

  BECHEVE NATURE RESERVE | Obudu Conservation Center

BECHEVE NATURE RESERVE | Obudu Conservation Center

  HORSEBACK RIDE AND SOME VIEWS | Obudu Conservation Center

HORSEBACK RIDE AND SOME VIEWS | Obudu Conservation Center

  Obudu Conservation Center

Obudu Conservation Center

THE CABLE CAR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM. This is the longest in Africa, yet non-operational. Nigeria arise!!!

  Obudu Conservation Center

Obudu Conservation Center

JUST ME WONDERING WHY WE AREN'T UTILISING THE MOUNTAINS IN NIGERIA. Obudu Mountain Resort was first developed by Mr. McCaughley (a Scottish), Mr. Hugh Jones and Dr Crawfeild in 1951. Can't we do better in this new age of technology.

  LION MOUNTAIN | Obudu Consravtive Center

LION MOUNTAIN | Obudu Consravtive Center

The resort is surrounded by seven villages: Kejukwu, Ukwamu, Okpayanga, Abayiule, Anape, Kigol and Keyi; whose dwellers have lived at the mountain for over 400 years.

  CANOPY WALK AND MONKEY FACE | Obudu Conservative Center

CANOPY WALK AND MONKEY FACE | Obudu Conservative Center

  WALKWAY TO MONKEY FACE | Obudu Conservative Center

WALKWAY TO MONKEY FACE | Obudu Conservative Center

  STEAK HOUSE, THE RESTAURANT AND BAR   | Obudu Conservative Center

STEAK HOUSE, THE RESTAURANT AND BAR | Obudu Conservative Center

  | Obudu Conservative Center

| Obudu Conservative Center

The face of an adventurous woman

  OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT

OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT

  Obudu Mountain Resort

Obudu Mountain Resort

THE DEAD TENNIS COURT. The facility is in dire need of attention and maintenance. 

  Obudu Mountain Resort

Obudu Mountain Resort

THE SWIMMING POOL. This place has potentials

  DEVIL'S ELBOW | Obudu Mountain Resort

DEVIL'S ELBOW | Obudu Mountain Resort

  Obudu Mountain Resort

Obudu Mountain Resort

VIEWS OF THE MOUNTAIN. In the past, the resort attracted international visitors/tourists yearly; especially during the Christmas period and the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race (which is world’s richest mountain race of 11.25KM run on the spiral road). The competition used to take place in late November. I am hoping this will continue...

  SWIMMING POOL WITH POTENTIALS | Obudu Mountain Resort

SWIMMING POOL WITH POTENTIALS | Obudu Mountain Resort

  Obudu Mountain Resort | The Ajala Bug

Obudu Mountain Resort | The Ajala Bug

  WATERFALL FROM THE PLATEAU OF THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

WATERFALL FROM THE PLATEAU OF THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

  MOUNTAIN VIEW CABIN

MOUNTAIN VIEW CABIN

  GROTTO

GROTTO

Thoughts on Obudu Mountain Resort

Obudu Mountain Resort is understated yet so remarkable and quite distinctive with its beauty. Such beauty; nature at its finest.. Be brave, this is not a trip for the fainthearted. Nonetheless, the graceful sceneries makes a trip there worthwhile. For me, it's a trip of a lifetime! 

However, if the infrastructure in the resort is not renovated/well maintained, the Nigeria paradise may cease to exist in the near future. The cable cars, the water parks, the rooms, the mini gold course etc need immediate attention.

Have you ever visited Obudu Mountain Resort? I would love to hear all about your experience. Feel free to comment and don't forget to share and subscribe. Thank you.

Margaret

 

 

 

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