Last week we talked about amazing budget friendly tourist destinations in Nigeria, in case you missed it, read Here.
I also mentioned last week that I personally visited some of the places that I listed, so you know am not here to give you second person reviews. [real gist only]
For today, I’ll be sharing my experience at Agbokim waterfall in Cross River state Nigeria. I visited this waterfall sometime in November 2018 and it was a fun and educative experience. Here’s a sneak peak of what the waterfall looks like;
Agbokim Waterfalls is situated some 17 kilometres from Ikom, a Local Government Area in Cross River State that’s not far from the Nigeria-Cameroon border. The Waterfall consists of seven streams, each cascading over a steep cliff which provides seven-faced falls where it descends in terraces, through the tropical rain forest. The waterfall is also called the seven faced wonder.
On arrival, I and my travel buddies were greeted by an elderly gentlemen who introduced himself as the custodian of the waterfall and our tour guide. He narrated the waterfall’s history in a solemn almost musical voice, I couldn’t help but wonder how many tourists he has told this same story over and over.
The history of Agbokim Waterfalls dates back to the early 90’s when a hunter named Ntankum made the discovery of the waterfall. He later brought his family members to reside around the waterfall area. Over the years, members of the Agbokim community have worked collectively to ensure that they develop this place. Due to the fact that the source of the water is from the remains of plants, they’ve encouraged afforestation. The Afforestation also helps to increase the volume of the water.
Here’s a very helpful tip; Please when visiting the waterfall, you have a non-slippery footwear with you, which is both water-resistant and would enable you to climb rocks effectively.
It is an ideal location for regaining your creative productivity and general well being.
Agbokim Waterfalls is most spectacular during the rainy season when on a lucky day you have a chance to see the rainbow across the face of the waterfall. Its proximity to neighbouring Cameroon offers a unique opportunity for cross-border experience. But before trying this, make sure your French game is strong.
Till next Thursday!