Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Calabar Aug 10, 2018
- The Tinapa Lakeside Resort
this is probably the least well-known of all of the famous attractions in Nigeria. Tinapa is a tourism and business resort, located about 45 minutes north of Calabar city. Tinapa is about 80,000 sq meters big and houses an entertainment strip with a casino, an 8-screendigital cinema, children’s arcade, restaurants, a mini amphitheater, a night club and pubs. There is also an artificial tidal lake that feeds from the Calabar River, and an amusement park. Away from the 243-room Tinapa Lakeside Hotel is the popular Studio Tinapa now home to the first Global black entertainment and lifestyle network Ebony Life TV.
Tinapa is a four-phased development promoted by the Cross River State Government, under a Private Public Partnership (PPP), and very close to Calabar Free Trade Zone. It is planned to be a business and leisure resort where you can engage in quality business, retail and wholesale trades, operate a product warehouse, as well as enjoy quality leisure and entertainments. It has an open exhibition area for trade exhibitions and other events, a movie production studio commonly referred to as “Studio Tinapa,” an entertainment strip that comprise a casino, an Eight-Screen Cinema, a children’s arcade, restaurants and a mini amphitheater, a night club and pubs.
- Marina Resort
The Marina Resort in Calabar sits on a great historical site, the water mouth of Calabar. It stands near old slave trade sites, where an estimated 30% of the slaves that left the shores of Africa were deported. Today, the Marina Resort is a preserved historical site and recreation center. Here you will find the iconic slave history museum, hotel, restaurant; night club, a carousel for the children and extraordinary views of the Calabar River.
- Obudu Mountain Resort
Located on Nigeria’s southeastern frontier, the Cross River landscape descends precipitously from the Oban Obudu rugged foothills (1000 2000m) of the Cameroun Mountains on the east, into the Cross River Plains (30m) to the west, and down to the Bight of Bonny coastal plains to the south, Coastal mangrove wetlands interlaced with creeks, virgin rainforest on the Oban Obudu hills, Montane parkland on the Obudu Plateau, and derived Savannah on the Cross River Plain, are all parts of the Cross River State vegetation and scenery.
- Calabar Museum
Housed in the beautiful old British governor’s building overlooking the river; the museum has a fascinating collection covering Calabar’s days as the seat of the Efik kingdom, the slave and palm-oil trade, and the colonial period. Open between 9am and 6pm daily, the Calabar Museum charges an admission fee of N100 per head.
An interesting part about Calabar Museum is that it was designed and constructed in parts in Glasgow, and transported to Nigeria over a series of shipments. Calabar has a long history of colonial rule, and this museum represents the era. The museum has also preserved precious papers and documents pertaining to the colonial times. The museum offers free guided tours during off-peak periods. You can gain an in-depth knowledge about the colonial past of Calabar at the museum. There is a big library that holds legal and constitutional documents in their original forms. The upper floor has been preserved with original furnishings of the time when it was used by colonial settlers. The antiquity, exhibits and artifacts at the museum can engage the attention of interested visitors for several hours. Unfortunately no cameras are allowed in the museum.
- Summit Hills
this is a 367 hectare real estate development outside the city centre which has as its main attraction the imposing International Convention Centre. There is also a hotel, recreational facilities, a golf course, a nature reserve, a purpose-built hospital and residential accommodation. Summit Hills is to put it frankly, a jaw-dropping development which when fully completed, will herald the arrival of Calabar as a destination city in Africa and beyond.
The impressive mixed-use lifestyle development combines convention, recreation, arts, culture, housing and healthcare facilities all within an exclusive and idyllic location which is serviced by some of the most excellent transport links in Nigeria including the Margaret Ekpo International Airport bypass linking to the city centre, Tinapa and the Calabar Free Trade Zone. The train ferries passengers between Summit Hills and the Tinapa Complex, allowing smooth access to Studio Tinapa, Tinapa Shopping Centre, and the Tinapa Water-park. Is that awesome or what?