Visit Nigeria: Obudu Mountain Resort

Previously referred to as as the Obudu Cattle Ranch, Obudu Mountain Resort is a ranch and resort on the Obudu Plateau in Cross River State, Nigeria.

It was established in 1951 by M. McCaughley, a Scot who first discovered the mountain ranges in 1949.

It is situated above the sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the famous Sankwala Mountains.

Obudu temperate climate, magnificently views, idyllic serenity and the extraordinary sight has made this resort one of the prominent tourists’ attraction in Nigeria.

McCaughley camped on the mountaintop of the Oshie Ridge on the Sankwala Mountains for a month before returning with Mr. Hugh Jones, a fellow rancher, in 1951.

Alongside Dr Crawfeild, they developed the Obudu Cattle Ranch. Since 2005, a cable car climbing 870 metres (2,850 ft) from the base to the top of the plateau provides tourists a panoramic view while bypassing the incredibly winding road to the top.

The resort is set up on the Obudu Plateau, close to the Cameroon border in the northeastern part of Cross River State, approximately 110 kilometres (68 mi) east of the town of Ogoja and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from the town of Obudu in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State.

 

It is about 30 minutes drive from Obudu town and is about a 332 kilometres (206 mi) drive from Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

Charter air service is available to the Bebi Airport which is situated between the village of Obudu and the resort.

However, the Air strip has been replaced with the cable car for a while now.

The climate of the Obudu Cattle Ranch is semi-temperate mountain climate, which is the general weather condition experienced on the Obudu Plateau as a result of its 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) elevation.

In recent times, the ranch has witnessed an influx of both Nigerian and international tourists because of the expansion of tourist facilities by Cross-River State Government, which has modified the ranch into a well known holiday and tourist resort center in Nigeria. It has a soothing climate compared to other regions in Nigeria

The Route To Obudu Mountain Resort

A direct flight is available from Lagos and Abuja to Calabar, from there, a Bus can transport you to the Resort. Upon your arrival in Calabar, board a bus that is driving directly to Obudu, so as to save time, as other buses may have several stops on the way. It costs about 2,000 Naira. The distance between Obudu and the ranch is roughly 1 hour.

Taxis are available at Obudu to move you to the Ranch at a cost of 600 Naira. Driving from Calabar to the mountain resort could take up to 6 hours during which you can admire the scenery of the greenery along the way.

Hafsah Muhammed Ibrahim

Harphs is a literary enthusiast from Hardawa, Bauchi state. She finds her passion in writing, journalism and teaching. Harphs currently writes from Gombe, Nigeria. You can reach her via hafseemuhammad@gmail.com

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