Friday, 19 April 2013

My trip to Obudu Cattle Ranch and Resort!

Hi people!

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!


 View from my suite-the other "modern huts". It was about 3pm. It felt like 7pm and way cooler

Me chilling later at night-all wrapped up!


View from the lobby/reception area. The cable cars terminate cable rides around here
 
 
Modern hut

Bedroom view from the bed

 Cable car right above me


I was getting tired here, we had just come back from some hikes and were back in the bus


Look at that view! Notice how foggy and misty it is


I think they call this the "cataract view" . That's some waterfall in the distance



View from the President's Villa patio. Awesome. The villa is completely bulletproof by the way, hehe.


The crew


Another waterfall in the distance. One of the hikes takes us right to THE VERY BORDER of Nigeria and Cameroun! The tourist guide told us how some villagers from Cameroon hike from Obudu right to their country. We saw a few of these villagers in the distance.

A beautiful lake, or brook just by the "love garden"


 The larger, family living quarters

 Living quarters

The interior

Yes, there is some farming done by the locals all around the resort


Conference room at the resort. There were quite a number of these as well as a banquet hall


This is where the cable cars commence the cable ride.


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!

10 comments :

  1. Seems like a lovely trip, should go sometime. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Yes it was lovely. Make sure you let me know if you decide to make the trip so I can give you more info :-)

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  3. That's a lot of pictures. Thanks for sharing. Nice place too.

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  4. Yes Nerline. :-) thanks for your comment!

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  5. Wooow, rily lovely! I'm thinking of taking a trip there by December . Any idea on cost of accomodation and transportation for two. Thanks
    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz, it'll be fun trust me. Now I don't know where you are coming from, but we took a flight from lagos to calabar. So factor the trip to calabar in, then you need to get FROM calabar to obudu itself. It's a looong journey of about 6 hours. We had to cut costs so we did not bother going via the helicopter arrangements;we went by road. You may need to hire a car and driver for this or go with the cabs that take 4 passengers. The cabs cost about 4000 per person I think. Going back to Calabar is the same thing.
      For accommodation the hut-like rooms we were in cost N28,500 per night.
      You would need to take some cash for the tours and sighseeing-try to find out if there's any group tour available cos it would be cheaper. About 8,000 per person would do for this.
      Feeding was N3000 per meal.

      Call these nos for more info: 08035506257 08034729327 08053648209 07089231815 08073073576
      And these are the emails: obudures@yahoo.com , obudureservations@gmail.com, obudures@africansunhotels.com

      Lemme know if you need more info Liz :-)

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  6. Wow! I have heard so much about this place! now i'm encouraged to visit. thanks for sharing
    Dressed2dnines.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi! Yes you should :-) Thanks for your comment

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  7. Awwww now this is bringing back a flood of memories. I went there with my kid sister in december 2009 for christmas and it was totally awesome. that place is cold!!!!!!!!!! we can call it our "abodoibo of nigeria" We hiked, swam , did the cable car went on horse rides, took a tour and were introduce to two cows names after Governor Duke and another prominent Nigerian. Can't remember his name. But I learnt duke died. *sob sob.*... I total agree that the cost of a meal is crazily expensive. I and my sis discovered a market where you could buy stuff like cornflakes, milk, milo and other stuff. the market has a buka or restaurant that sell food at reasonable prices too. Keep having fun girl, live is not a rehearsal. You should check out IITA Ibadan. I heard is a cool place too and I plan on going soon. Cheers gracistsumbuli.wordpress.com

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    1. You guys def had loads of fun! I didn't meet any cows though I saw a couple. Yes the meals were so expensive-I wish I had known about this market! I don't mind going to Obudu again. I should check out the IITA place you spoke about. When you do go, make sure you do a post on your experience! Thanks for stopping by babe.
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