This trip was in November 2007.
I got a cab and drove all the way down from Calabar with my friend. It took us 6 hours but the scenery on the way there was so beautiful. As our cab went up the hill to the resort my heart was in my mouth because we got there at night and the road up the hill was narrow, winding. and the cloud cover was really low and it was dark. Boy, by the time we got to the ranch at the summit, we were speechless. It was so beautiful and there was a party going on already with a bonfire. We had already booked our rooms which are actually chalets of different sizes (double rooms for N16000 the time).
the rooms were cosey and clean.
Sunrise at obudu is something to be experienced. Breakfast and dinner were served buffet style. There's a beautiful water/ swimming park which you can get to via cable car. A lovely water fall, a metal canopy walk way and a forest reserve with monkeys etc. there are local guides who can give you a tour can use for a small fee. The locals are very friendly and hospitable (but just be as careful as you normally would in a new place), there's horse back riding, and facilities for parties if you come in a group. There's a ranch with the famous bulls Donald and erm.... can't remember his name. We bought yummy farm fresh yoghurt there.
It was incredible and we thoroughly enjoyed our selves and we spent just 2 nights. I'm definitely planning on going back. the main issue is getting there. The scenery on the way there is nice but the roads are not fantastic. You'll miss a lot of that but I suggest any visitor there should fly down to Bebi air strip from Calabar in Cross River State or Lagos, then and get a cab drive up the hill to the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Obudu Mountain Resort has capitalized on its altitude to provide guests with the best view points and fresh, invigorating mountain air. A short walk takes you to the spectacular grotto. This natural swimming pool with sparkling pure water provides a clear view of the long winding waterfall and green mountain ranges surround the natural reserve. The reserve is home to rare species of birds and other animals such as the gorilla and drill monkey. ... more less
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