From The Horse’s Mouth | Ebere Unravels Cross River State
Ebere is one of our unravellers who is always up for a challenge. I mean she just conquered Kilimanjaro so you know she’s all shades of amazing. She was in Cross River state and went to quite a few tourist spots.
If her pictures don’t make you want to pack a bag and head off exploring waterfalls and rain forests, I don’t know what will.
Give us a brief description of where you went and what the trip was about.
It was a 4-day Yoga retreat trip to Cross River state. We visited Agbokim – home to Nigeria’s only 7 cascade waterfall, Afi Drill Ranch – a wildlife sanctuary, and the mystical Ikom Monoliths. Unfortunately we couldn’t get pictures of the waterfall due to rain and there were logistics issues with the visit to the Ikom Monoliths.
Where did you stay and what was it like?
We stayed at Jorany Hotel Resort, Ikom. It was ‘so so’. Customer service was poor. I think they thought having a building is all there is to hotels. I wouldn’t go back there if I had to visit again.
What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Nothing particularly surprising.
What was your best moment of the entire trip?
The picnic by Agbokim river, it’s the border between Cameroon and Nigeria.
What was the scariest moment (if any)?
The short boat ride across the river from Nigeria to Cameroon.
Did you find any sights or activities a bit off the beaten track i.e beyond the tourist traps?
What are two interesting things about the places you visited that the average person doesn’t know?
Afi Drill ranch is a sanctuary for Pandrillus Monkeys only found in Nigeria and Cameroon. Agbokim is home to Nigeria’s only 7 cascade waterfall.
Did you meet any locals? If yes, what were they like?
Yes, we met locals. They were cheerful people who could speak Igbo and their local Cameroon/Cross-River dialect. That was cool to know they were part of 2 worlds.
What was the funniest/strangest/most insightful thing a local said?
Nothing comes to mind at the moment.
What was the hardest or most frustrating part of the trip?
Hmmmpphh, fellow travelers who do not know the traveler code of respecting other people’s rights on a trip. I think every trip organizer needs to read out these rules to anyone on their trip.
Did anything go wrong that seems funny now?
Not funny per say. We met serious traffic due to the bad roads on our road trip to Ikom. It turned out to be a bonding period for us.
Did you eat anything locally, if yes, what was your favorite?
We were in Cross-River. I was there partly for the food and I wasn’t disappointed. Fresh green vegetable soup with snails. The food was LIT!
What was the strangest thing you ate?
What were the cost implications of this trip?
It cost N172,000 ($546) and it was all inclusive. Note that I was given a discount.
Now that you’ve been there yourself, when you think of your trip what’s the first image that comes to your head?
The Agbokim river. That was my highlight.
Would you revisit or ever move there?
I would revisit for a proper camp night at the Afi Rainforest. Move there? Not likely
*foreign conversion is based on the current rate of the Naira and is subject to change.
*prices written are based on the time the visit was made and is subject to change by the owners.
*Reviews are based on opinions and personal experiences, and may differ from person to person
*all images were provided by the ‘horse’ interviewed.