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.
THE FAMOUS CATTLE HEAD. At the foot of the resort.
A PRETTY LASS AT IGAGA WATERFALLS. Such crystal clear water
There's also a Tree House at the end, which I didn't reach.
FAR ABOVE THE CLOUDS. I guess I can cancel my hiking trip to Kilimanjaro Mountain.
THE CABLE CAR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM. This is the longest in Africa, yet non-operational. Nigeria arise!!!
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.
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.
The face of an adventurous woman
THE DEAD TENNIS COURT. The facility is in dire need of attention and maintenance.
THE SWIMMING POOL. This place has potentials
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...
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.
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