A Trip To The Beautiful Mambilla Plateau Of Taraba

Nigeria is a beautiful place and Taraba State particularly Sardauna LGA is indeed natures gift to Nigeria. This post is about my trip to the most beautiful place in Nigeria.

A Trip To The Beautiful Mambilla Plateau Of Taraba

Emeka, Kaye and I left for Jalingo from Abuja on a rainy Wednesday morning. The trip was uneventful with many checkpoints on the way. It finally stopped raining somewhere around Wukari. Overall, it was a smooth journey.

We arrived Jalingo a litle past 6pm. Trip lasted about 11hrs. My friend Jerry picked us from the motor park to Sanaf Suites where we had dinner and settled down in preparation for our trip the next day. The next day, Jerry took us to the park where we were to get a vehicle to Gembu. We met our driver, Mal Yahaya who was going to Gembu with his son Idris. We paid 10k for 4 spaces and sat comfortably behind with Idris in front. Mal Yahaya turned out to be the perfect guide. He was quite familiar wit the route and gave us a brief history of most of the towns we passed which include Sunkani, Pamanga, Garba Chede, Pangri, Nahuta, Bali and Serti.
A Trip To The Beautiful Mambilla Plateau Of Taraba
At Serti, we picked up 2 more of Mal. Yahaya’s Kids; Rahina&Amina. I withdrew some money from a first bank money agent, we had lunch at Ezinne Resturant (I was amazed to see Igbos this far up north) and then we continued on our way, The sights on the way were beautiful; green plains and mountain ranges with their peaks kissing the clouds. We kept taking pictures to Mal. Yahaya’s amusement. He advised us to reserve our phone batteries and memory for better locations.
At some point, Mal. Yahaya pointed to a mountain up in the sky above the clouds and said that was where we were going. We looked at him in disbelief. How could we ever possibly get that high, True to his words, we started climbing up the mountain. Our disbelief quickly turned to euphoria. We were super excited. Every turn revealed a road more beautiful than the previous one. We were awed, the kids were laughing at us.

Mal. Yahaya indulged us by stopping at several points along the way so we could enjoy the views. Picturesque landscapes, mountain peaks, waterfalls, blue tinged hills in the distance, trees, clouds and wildlife.
We finally got to the top after about an hour. I was overwhelmed, the views were breathtaking beautiful. We passed through cattle ranches, green topped hills, a town in the clouds and a market where we bought bananas at N200/bunch.

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We arrived Gembu Town after about 10hrs on the road. Got to Fast Track hotel. Sarah and Gupsy helped us settle down in our rooms and prepared rice and stew. I gave them some of my cookies they were genuinely pleased.
The next day, Mal. Yahaya who had agreed to be our tour guide picked us from.the hotel and took us to a few places of interest in Gembu. SEGN Dam, Nverr Hills, Tea Estate and Jur Waterfalls.
The trip to Jur Waterfalls was the most eventful. We were on a bike for close to 2hrs passing through winding mountain trails and rivers. A tough journey but totally worth it. The waterfall was beautiful.
Along the way, we met several people from both the mambilla and fulani tribes who inhabit the mountains. They were generally pleasant and warm and agreed to take pictures with us.
One aunty was particularly nice to us. She brought a basket of roasted groundnuts and insisted we ate some. We all filled our pockets and said our “Miyettis” and left. It was a positively exhausting day.
The next morning, we set out for Yelwa wherever were to meet with the guide who would take us to Chappal Waddi, the highest point in Nigeria. We stopped for pictures at Nguroje, the town nested in the clouds.
Unfortunately, due to the bad weather we were advised against going to Chappal Waddi because the trip was most risky in August. We finally settled for a tour of Ngel Nyaki, Nigerian Montane Forest Project. The staff were very welcoming and showed us around. It was interesting to see the work they do on land reclamation, forest restoration and conservation. Sadly the weather did not allow for some forest exploration.
We made a few more stops at several locations. We met Isah washing his bike at a spring. He helped us fetch some clean water in our water bottles.
We finally left for Jalingo and the next day, we took off to Abuja. The driver took an interesting route where we had to cross the Buruku river in Benue State.
Overall it was an interesting trip and we were so happy we went. If you’re planning a trip to Gembu, please do it, it will be worth your time and money.
Look at us
Kaye
Emeka

and Mal Yahaya our guide.

34 thoughts on “A Trip To The Beautiful Mambilla Plateau Of Taraba

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  • November 18, 2019 at 9:18 am
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    Africa goes far beyond what most people normally know … in short, your blog and the places you discover are very nice for this.

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  • November 18, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    It’s really amazing to travel with friends; I just love it! And also, when it comes to nature, I do marvel and never get tired of appreciating its beauty. So yes, the Taraba plateau looks so terrific! Day well spent!

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  • November 18, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    Awesome! The pictures tell a lot about the beauty of Mambilla Plateau Of Taraba. I already feel like I have been there already! Thank you for sharing your amazing trip.

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  • November 18, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    What a beautiful trip! The mountain scenery looks wonderful, shame about the weather not allowing you to go up the peak. That calls for returning.

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  • November 18, 2019 at 1:09 pm
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    What a cool area. I love your photos! Everything is so colorful. I’m glad you had a good time with friends!

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  • November 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    Those landscapes are amazing! I would love to spend a few days there!

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  • November 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Beautiful pictures. I especially love the mist covering the mountain peaks – so calming.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    It looks like an amazing place to visit. The scenery is gorgeous and very serene. Thanks for sharing.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Great post! It looks like a nice place to visit. I love being in contact with nature! I see a lot of beautiful mountains and nice views.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    This is a beautiful trip that I would definitely enjoy. I love everything about what you share in Mambilla Plateau Of Taraba.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    Being out in nature is so amazing. I’m intrigued by these villages so high up in the mountains. Their markets are so colourful. What a great adventure.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    I love the view of trees and cloudy sky with no building around, this places is amazing and I hope you enjoyed the trip.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    Looks like an amazing place to visit. What a spectacular view and beautiful photos.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    I must confess I’ve never read any articles that show the natural beauty of the Nigerian landscape. The beautiful mountain areas look so green and lush and hopefully many people get to see it for themselves.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    It’s so nice to travel with friends and see all those amazing places. That forest looks beyond beautiful, so happy to hear is protected !

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  • November 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Such a beautiful view, so much greenery. Definitely a destination on my bucket list.

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  • November 20, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    WOW! Nigeria is such a gorgeous destination. So much green area. This is a place I would love to go.

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  • November 20, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    Wow! This is such a great adventure. It is such joy to meet the local tribe and learn from them. Good thing you were able to try their groundnuts.

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  • November 20, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    wow! the place looks absolutely beautiful! i am so happy for you!

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  • November 20, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Love that mountain view! It looks like a really pretty and relaxing travel!

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  • November 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us all. I would love to visit this part of Nigeria one day. Sounds lovely.

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  • November 20, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    The place looks so wonderful!! It is so lush and green. Truly, it is nature at its best !! Would love to go to someplace like this !!

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  • November 21, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    I’d love to go there with my friends and a special someone, go camping at night, and enjoy the nature at early morning. This place is incredible!

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  • November 21, 2019 at 4:44 am
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    Wow this looks like such a beautiful place to visit. So green and fresh…perfect x

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  • November 21, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Wow!!! this place is so green and calm. It is so amazing to see green and lovely place. Perfect destination to spend holiday

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  • November 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    What a lovely adventure. . . I guess you didn’t see much. . . @Nature.Connects (IG) has load of places that you can visit

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  • November 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Sounds like an exciting trip! Your descriptions and photos are great! Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    You truly captured the essence of this beautiful country in your descriptions. Your pictures and narration of your experience brought the trip to life, I felt intrigued and part of your trip throughout this post. Thank you.

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