It's been a while, I have been a little occupied and I have also FINALLY started my diet and daily workouts! I have been following the Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred DVD for 5 days and I cannot wait to share my results with you in a few days!
Anyway, I thought it would be cool to share with you my experience at the Obudu cattle ranch and resort. Obudu cattle ranch and resort is one of the foremost tourist spots in Nigeria. It is strategically located at the Obudu Hills in Cross River State, and it is indeed a beauty to behold! One striking thing about the resort is the awesome cool weather. I was there in January (one of the hottest months in Nigeria) and I even noticed there was a heater in the bedroom I was in! We did not need any form of air conditioning AT ALL. It was a wonderful experience; there are several activities lined up for tourists- like the popular cable rides, hiking, bird watching, the "monkey face view", the "love garden" (lol), the inifinity pool, an awesome landscape, my goodness it was just beautiful. I was there for 3 days. My friend and I shared a room and we picked the hut-like suite (hut-like on the outside but very modern on the inside!). There are other living facilities, large enough for a family of 6 or more. To get to the resort you would have to travel by road from the city of Calabar-now this is actually a long trip-5hrs! But at the end of the day, the trip is way worth it. Tourist fees are quite moderate; you have to pay for every activity and it costs an average of 1500 naira per activity. However, it gets reasonably cheaper when you are part of group, which was how it was for me. The restaurant, in my opinion was a bit spendy though-about 2000 per meal. The larger house-y suites have kitchens anyway so it might be a good idea to do some minor cooking of your own. Of course, a pair of hiking shoes and a jacket and/or scarf are needed for the trip.
There is a tennis court, a gym of course, and free wifi for half the day at the rooms. Obudu Resort is all about energy conservation, so the power is turned off from 10am to 6pm, turned back on from 6pm to 10pm or 12am at night, turned off again from 12am to 10am the next day. This encourages tourists to step out and tour the resort during the day.
What else? hmmm I think I'll just leave the rest of the story-telling to the pics!
The pics don't do the whole trip and experience enough justice lol. Some pics are not here, like the cattle and their rearers, the garden, the pool....but it was mad fun, and I would encourage friends to go-it needs some planning, particularly financially, but it isn't a back-breaking venture if you catch my drift.
Let me know if you wanna know more about the trip, and please drop a comment about your experience as well if you have been there!