The Agbokim Waterfalls in the Cross River State offer some of the most majestic views of nature in Nigeria. The continent is rich in natural wonders, but these waterfalls have an exceptional beauty.
Location and How to Get to This Specific Site
The falls are close to the Cameroon-Nigeria border. If you live close to the border, you’ll be able to drive to the site. Those at Ikom are only 30 km away, so it is easy to reach. Cross River State can also be accessed via Calabar’s Margaret Ekpo International Airport.
What to See There
The waterfall consists of several falls of varying widths. The cascading waters are enveloped by lush greens. The waterfalls are actually surrounded by a forest. The Agbokim Waterfalls is a great place to go swimming.
Cross River State is also known for its festivals. One of the most popular is the 30 day Cross River State Christmas Festival. It is filled with games, cultural shows and art exhibitions.
The Cross River State was established on 25 May, 1967 in Nigeria’s eastern region. It became known as Cross River State during the state creation in 1976. The Aka Ibom State was created from it in September 1987. Aside from the capital Calabar, other significant cities are Akpabuyo, Obanliku, Obudu and Akamkpa.
Flights to Nigeria cost around $600 at least. There is no admission fee for visiting the falls. Trekking is also free. But if you avail of a tour operator, it will cost you. The advantage is that you get a guided tour not just of the falls, but also the other areas.
The Cross River State has many other tourist attractions. These include the Afi rainforests and Obudu mountains. The Calabar River offers great views of Calabar Slave Park and the Tinapa Business Resort. Other attractions include the Calabar Residency Museum and Calabar Marina.
Those at the Agbokim Waterfalls in the Cross River State may also want to visit the Ikom Monoliths. These are monoliths made of volcanic stone. These were formed from 2400 BC to 1 AD. Other nearby attractions are the Calabar Drill Monkey Sanctuary and the Mary Slessor Tomb.