Cross River is a state in South South Nigeria, bordering Cameroon to the east. Its capital is Calabar, and its name is derived from the Cross River (Oyono), which passes through the state. Boki, Ejagham and Efik are major languages of this state.
Cross River State is located in south eastern part of Nigeria, named after the Cross River, which passes through the state. Cross River State occupies 20,156 square kilometers. It shares boundaries with Benue State to the north, Ebonyi and Abia States to the west, to the east by Cameroon Republic and to the south by Akwa-Ibom and the Atlantic Ocean.
Cross River state is blessed with lots of developed and undeveloped tourist sites and below are the list of top 5 places of interest in the state.
1. Obudu Plateau and Mountain Resort
A stunning area of natural beauty, Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross River State boasts of one of the fascinating tourist centres in nigeria. an ideal place for relaxation and a great place to visit for your next vacation. Obudu Mountain Resort is a ranch and resort on the Obudu Plateau in Cross River State, Nigeria. among all the fascinating destinations in Nigeria where one can relax, have fun and commune with nature, Obudu Cattle Ranch Resort has placed cross river state on top as one of the top tourist destinations in nigeria.
2. Agbokim waterfalls
Agbokim waterfalls are situated in the Etung local government area of Cross River State in south-eastern Nigeria, very close to its border with Cameroon. Agbokim Waterfalls which consists of seven streams, each cascading over steep cliff and provides seven-faced falls is about 17 km from Ikom and 320 km from Calabar. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery, valleys and steep hills which are enveloped in a rainbow-like aura. Its freshness is captivating and has an alluring serenity. This is a spectacular falling sheet of water, attractive and impressive tourist spots and a highly recommended place for picnics. For lover of adventure and those who long for a cross-border experience, the Agbokim Waterfalls is your perfect location.
Tinapa is a business and leisure resort just north of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria associated with the Calabar Free Trade Zone. It is developed in four phases under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) promoted by the Government of Cross River State. The resort is located by the Calabar River, contiguous with the Calabar Free Trade Zone.
4. Kwa Falls
This fall is found in Anegeje Village in Akamkpa Local Government Area, about 25 kilometers from Calabar on a good rural road. The sparkling natural waters eternally fall through the mounds of igneous rocks of tropical reminiscence.
These are a well arranged staircase of 234 steps from the plane down to the rest place of the cloudy waters. All this is against a typical tropical mangrove forest of Mahogany, Ebony and Spruce trees adding to the undulating landscape that surrounds the fall.
5. Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary
Formerly part of the Afi River ForestReserve, the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2000 to provide improved protection to important populations of several endangered species including the critically endangered Cross River gorilla, the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, the drill and the grey-necked Picathartes or rockfowl. Afi is covered by roughly 100km² of lowland and sub-montane forest with rocky peaks rising to altitudes of 1,300m. Although the steep mountainous slopes of the sanctuary have largely protected it from logging the forest is frequently damaged by dry-season bush fires set to clear new farms or to flush game. Open areas created by fire are quickly colonised by herb species which form an important staple food for gorillas. On the western flank of the mountain is a large grassland roost of migratory European barn swallows, estimated to contain up to 20 million birds at times and reputed to be the largest wintering roost site of swallows in Africa.