My escapades at the Kwa Falls

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).

Efiette junction

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).

The road to the fall house (a branch off from a tarred road to the red earthed road)

The Chinese-owned palm oil plantations (The Ibad Oil Palm) along the red-earthed fall road

The Kwa fall sign post

You’ll never want to leave

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.

The Kwa falls reception house

An ill equipped art exhibition room

TLGM (Horn blowing) literally making noise

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.

I present to you my tour guide (Young and intelligent Gideon)

TLGM admiring the Kwa falls

The Kwa Falls

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 stairway to the base of the fall

The well arranged steps

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.

TLGM reading in tranquility

📕The Secret to true happiness by Joyce Meyer.

Happiness is a choice (choose to be or not to be). For me, I run on a default happy setting despite the odds.

Thanksgiving to my faithful God

The un-looking pose

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.

TLGM of the jungle

TLGM of the jungle (strong as he can be) Aaaahhhhhhhhhh!

Finally, the dip!

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.

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13 thoughts on “My escapades at the Kwa Falls

  1. Professor Evans says:

    Amazing adventure out there, Duffy! Now I truly feel like embarking on one…
    I’m even more thrilled by the knowledge of the 14year old lad who guided you to the falls! Wow!
    Then, comes 234 steps!!!! OMG!
    Thumbs up to you Duffy, as you bring these realities to our doorstep!
    Well done!

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    • calebduff says:

      At first, I was stunned by the idea of him being my tour guide. Secondly, God forgive me, I had to research about the things he said. The boy was on point. Thanks Prof.

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  2. Gerrard59 says:

    Lovely environment and a beautiful scenery. Travelling is truly an experience; highly educative. The young lad must be very experienced to have narrated the history and tip-bits of the falls.

    However, while I understand you laughing at the thought of snow (I did too as I read through). It can be “believed” especially as that part of the country has a very temperate climate. Maybe they saw what they thought is snow.

    Thanks for sharing your experience and to Samuel Duff for sharing the links.

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  3. Bravo ₦aira Sign says:

    A great place to be but sadly it’s one of those places that would have been a great tourist attraction but the government is not interested. Was there on a field trip during my final year in school. Our lecturers wouldn’t let us stand on the stones to take pictures out of fear of us slipping into the fast moving water. The steps though! Phew! TLGM your traveling exploits are really commendable. Keep it up!

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