Cross River National Park is an integral part of the Cross River State rainforest conservation area, located in Boki LGA and spans from Kanyan to the foot of the Obudu plateau with a total land area of 720sqkm of rugged mountain scenery and rolling hills. The park is divided into two sections.
The smaller area to the north-east, Okwangwo Division, is separated by about 50 km of disturbed forest from the larger Oban Division. Oban Division is contiguous with Korup National Park in Cameroon. The Cross river and its tributaries drain northern parts of Oban Division, while southern parts are drained by the Calabar, Kwa and Korup rivers.
The terrain is rough and elevation rises from the river valleys to over 1,000 m in mountainous areas. Soils are ferralitic and sandy, and steadily become shallower with increasing elevation.
Cross River National Park is one of the richest areas of tropical rainforest in West Africa. Currently, the WWF, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and the Federal Parks Service are carrying out an integrated conservation and development project in the northern part of the park.
The project has created a proper boundary for the park, and programs are being implemented against illegal hunting, logging and land clearance.
The Park is home to many localised species of plants and animals which, include gorilla, drill, chimpanzee, a gwantibo or golden potto forest elephant, saleginella specie. Baboons, Leopards, Red Foxes, Drill Monkeys, Buffaloes and Elephants are also found there. It also harbours a rich collection of flora and fauna.
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Kwa Fall: Kwa falls is a spectacular waterfall located in a narrow, steep gorge on the headwaters of the Kwa River, where it cascades down resistant basement rocks. A deep plunge pool forms at the bottom of the waterfall, which, before deforestation, was hidden under the thick canopy of the tropical rain forest.
Agbokim Waterfalls: Located 17 km from Ikom and about 315km from Calabar, Agbokim Waterfalls is not far from the Nigeria-Cameroon border. The fall consists of seven streams, each cascading over steep cliff which provides seven-faced falls. Read More
Zoological Garden: The park has a mini zoological garden for some species of animals that are rarely found in the country. This has largely helped in preserving some rare species from extinction and provides an avenue to visitors to see some rare animals they may never have thought existed.
Sight Seeing: Cross River National Park presents an amazing sight-seeing you might have never seen before. The park which is home to one of the thickest forest plants in Nigeria, has been termed as the African “Amazon Forest” by the visitors and fun seekers.
Bird Watching: With over 350 bird species recorded in this still vastly underexplored park, the park is one of the most ornithologically diverse sites in Nigeria. It is one of only two Nigerian localities for Phyllastrephus xavieri. Other nationally uncommon species include Macheiramphus alcinus, Spizaetus africanus, Guttera pucherani, Canirallus oculeus, Cercococcyx olivinus, Apaloderma aequatoriale, Melichneutes robustus, Criniger chloronotus, Myioparus griseigularis and Malimbus racheliae.
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