Obudu Cattle Ranch: A Complete Tourist Guide

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Obudu Mountain Resort formerly known as Obudu Cattle Ranch is a tourist attraction centre located in Obanliku Local Government Area of the Northern part of Cross River State, Nigeria – close to the Cameroon border. Formerly managed by Protea Hotels, it is now being managed by African Sun Limited which renamed the ranch from Obudu Cattle Ranch to Obudu Mountain Resort.

The Mountain was developed by Mr. McCaughley (a Scottish), Mr. Hugh Jones and Dr Crawfeild in 1951. Surrounded by seven villages: Kejukwu, Ukwamu, Okpayanga, Abayiule, Anape, Kigol and Keyi; the inhabitants of these seven villages have lived at the mountain for over 400 years.

Obudu Mountain Resort attracts lots of local and international visitors/tourists yearly, especially during the Christmas period or Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race known as “the world’s richest mountain race”, an annual 11.25 km mountain running competition that takes place in late November.

There are various accolades visitors and tourists have given Obudu Cattle Ranch. Some regard it as “heaven on earth”, “the best place for your honeymoon” or “a place to experience nature at its best.”

 

Landscape, Landmarks and Scenery

Snaky road

The Obudu Mountain Resort is larger than the size of some communities we would find around today. Largely dense by trees and mountains, the roads are beautifully structured in snake line fashion to allow access to all parts of the Mountain.

Landmarks are strategically put in place to allow tourist identify their location and move more quickly around the mountain.

Cow head entry

The Cow head at the entrance of the resort can be said to be a symbolical representation of what Obudu Cattle Ranch is well known for in its suburbs; organised cattle rearing due to its large coast.

 

Arrival at the Ranch

The Obudu Mountain Resort is about 30 minutes’ drive from Obudu Town, and 332 Kilometres drive from Calabar. If you want to bypass the long road trip, a charter air service is available to the Bebi Airport which lies between Obudu and the Resort.

On your arrival to the ranch, you will be welcomed in the heavily decorated reception (with a massive Cow head hanging on the wall) where you can confirm your room and get other check in information you need.

 

Lodging/Accommodation

accommodation

The resort offers over nine different types of lodgesto choose from – African Hut, Standard Double Room, Superior Double Room, Club Chalet, Executive Suite, Royal Suite, Presidential Lodge, Governor’s Place, Presidential Villa among others; all ranging from a price between 28,500 to 75,000 naira.

Though bookings or reservations are accepted all year round, it is advisable to book a room months ahead of events and holidays (like Christmas).

Dining

Dining obudu

The Resort has about four restaurants, one of which is the Terrace Restaurant and Bar that provides foods and beverages, ranging from national to international dishes. There is also a limited room service offering for guests.

 

Moving Around

cable car

You can go horse riding to cover distances or take a ride in the cable car that conveys passengers from the base to the top of the mountain, which gives you a scenic view while bypassing the extremely winding road to the top.

 

Recreational activities to engage in at the Ranch:

recreation

Sight-seeing – if you love watching birds and nature, then a binocular will really help you enjoy your viewings.

Hiking – for mountain climbers, go with firm boots that are strong enough to pull through the journey, but light enough to aid your movement.

Swimming – with two large river-sized looking pools, you can enjoy a bath and   afterwards lay in the outdoor pool bed to enjoy the ray of the sun.

Sports – a golf course is available for golf lovers.

Working out – the fitness Centre is equipped with modern facilities that help you stay in shape. Dumbbells, treadmills, seat up bench, among others are examples of facilities you will find in the ranch’s gym.

Other Information you should know before embarking on the journey:

  • Weather due to the altitude, the resort is usually cold in the mornings. So don’t forget to pack clothes that will keep you warm.
  • Most recreational activities require an additional cost charged at per hour rate.
  • It may also interest you to know that the Resort has an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), so you don’t go stranded.

10 Comments

  1. Godspower

    May 10, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I need a full guild as to hw I will come to ododu planning to come for honeymoon with my wife. Am presently residing at Asaba.

    • feyisayo adeyemi

      October 26, 2016 at 10:35 am

      You can take a flight to the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar and get a bus ride to Obudu from there. If you book our Obudu Mountain Resort package, airport pick & drop can be arranged on request. For assistance, contact our Travel Advisor +234 (1) 4667555 or [email protected]

  2. Triciazino

    September 25, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Hello please I would like to know how much to tour round obudu mountain resort…..aside staying there. Just an outsider coming to visit

  3. Yusuf

    January 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Was thinking of coming on an excursion from futminna in niger state

  4. Pallab Kumar Halder

    April 4, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Greetings!!!

    I am planning to make a family leisure trip to Calabar and Obudu Ranch. Can you make a 3 nights, 4 days customized trip for a family of 3 (Me , my wife and my daughter – 17 years)? I am looking tentatively 14/04/2017 -17/04/2017 for the said trip. Please let us know the places can be covered, package and all other details.

    To utilize most of the effective time me and my family shall fly to Calabar so that you can design our trip from Calabar.

    We are Indian and staying at Lagos. And no extra room is required for my daughter. She can adjust with us in the same double bed room.

    Shall await for your response.

  5. Neneh

    April 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hi my fiancee and my self would love to visit the Ranch and would like to know more on the prices and how to book. Thank you

  6. Obax

    August 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Planning a 4day and 3night trip to Obudu Ranch. I would like to engage in hiking, climbing, swimming, sight-seeing and other tour packages while lodging and feeding in the ranch. Please I will need you to respond to my enquiry with the cost implication of my trip as soon as possible. Thank you.

  7. Gabriel Owen

    September 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I need a number to call for more direction….am coming for my honeymoon

  8. Halima

    October 2, 2017 at 8:14 am

    i will like to know the cost of one week trips to obudu ranch both the flight and hotel booking for couple.

  9. Sandra Godson Ndah

    March 15, 2018 at 11:41 am

    HELLO GUD DAY, AM SANDRA GODSON NDAH FROM PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE, WILL LOVE TO VISIT THE RANCH, MY HUBBY & I.PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT IT WILL COST US FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAY (4NIGHT) TNX .

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