Destination: Kwa falls
Location: Cross River State, Nigeria, Africa, Planet Earth.
From the lushly green lowlands to the natural mineral-rich highlands of our great nation Nigeria, Cross River State lives up to its slogan as The people’s paradise and is indeed blessed with numerous natural and man-made touristic attractions ranging from waterfalls, game reserve, parks, historical sites, ranches, ancient structures, island, beaches, museums, beautiful landscapes, resorts, carnivals, etc I think I should add beautiful girls (winks), dispersed all over the state.
Are you looking for somewhere serene; where you can find peace with nature, birdcalls, hooting owls and sound of rushing and falling water all creating a rhythmic background of tranquility? If yes, then Kwa falls is the place to be.
The Kwa falls is located in the Oban division of the Cross River State National Park in Akamkpa L.G.A of Cross River State (the largest LGA in C.R.S in terms of land mass). The LGA is quite massive and largely occupied by thick vegetations and plantations that the indigenes literally divided it into two “Akamkpa I” & “Akamkpa II” and have different routes from opposite directions of the capital city, Calabar. For Akamkpa I, you have to go through the Odukpani LGA axis from calabar. For Akamkpa II, you go through the Akpabuyo LGA axis down to the Aninejege village where the Kwa falls is located (from the efiette junction in calabar).
There is a mini-park just a few metres away from the junction, take a taxi going to aninejege (for N500) or you can go in your Porsche, G-wagon or whatever you drive/ride, the tarred roads are quite winding but in good shape. Stop at the Kwa falls junction and turn left or else you will find yourself at the Cameroon border. From the Kwa falls junction, get a bike (for N100) to the waterfall or simply rev your Porsche, G-wagon or whatever you drive/ride down to the fall house (simple and easy).
I got to the fall reception house, paid my entrance fee and tour fee. The fall house is the first point of interaction and is located just few metres away from the long stairs that takes you to the base of the water fall.
At the time of my visit, came across an ill equipped exhibition room within the fall reception house where few art works were kept not exhibited.
Funny enough the local tour guide I met at the fall reception house, was a boy of about 14years and he had basic knowledge of the kwa falls and river.
Briefings from my tour guide…
In his words, He said
“The Great Kwa River is a tributary of the Cross River Estuary. The Great Kwa River channel draws it’s origin from the Oban Hills. The Cross River State National Park is massive, with the oban division of the park sharing a long border with the Korup National Park in the Republic of Cameroon”. “The greatest source of the Great Kwa River is from the Cameroon mountain and it enters all other river channels like the cross river, calabar river, agbokim waterfalls, empties into the atlantic ocean and re-bounces back to the Cameroon mountain”. And the force of the river can even give electricity (Hydroelectricity generation). The falls are caused by the big resistant rocks trying to block the Kwa River. Sometimes we do find snow at the falls. In dry seasons (December – April) you will get to see little water around the fall compared to the rainy season.”and please, warning ooooo! The staircase we are about to use have 234 steps. It is easy to go down and hard to come up, so if you have any medical issues(that if you come up you won’t be breathing well) lets stop here”.
I almost cracked my ribs laughing and assured the young boy that my fitness is in check and not in doubt. (But I am still yet to believe the snow gist tho).
The journey to the fall can be exhausting because of the numerous steps (I mean 234 steps!) you have to ply to get to the base of the fall and back up.
Going down was way too easy, but yet again coming up was no funny tale. You might end up loosing gas and need someone to carry you on his/her back up the steps.
My advice to the unfit folks, go with someone fit, take something before embarking on this kwa fall trip, I repeat eat/drink something!. You will need your strength to catch your breath. 😂
The falls end in a large pool surrounded by rainforest vegetation.
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Happiness is a choice (choose to be or not to be). For me, I run on a default happy setting despite the odds.
The rocks at the base of the falls are a bit slippery so one has to be very careful when catwalking (for the ladies) or stepping on them, less you find yourself showcasing some acrobatic stunt(s) you had never practiced before. In my case, the Tarzan in me couldn’t let me explore in peace and had me flying around like George of the jungle.
I came, I saw, I relaxed, I explored, I read, I hiked, I conquered the 234 steps back and forth, I took a dip and fell in love with God’s creation. — Caleb Ini Duff (TLGM).
Thanks for reading.
Have you visited the Kwa Falls before or any other Waterfall? What was your experience like? Kindly share in the comments section.