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.

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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.

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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.

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What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?

Nothing particularly surprising.

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What was your best moment of the entire trip?

The picnic by Agbokim river, it’s the border between Cameroon and Nigeria.

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What was the scariest moment (if any)?

The short boat ride across the river from Nigeria to Cameroon.

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Did you find any sights or activities a bit off the beaten track i.e beyond the tourist traps?

Naaaaa…

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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.

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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.

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What was the funniest/strangest/most insightful thing a local said?

Nothing comes to mind at the moment.

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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.

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