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.
Cross River National 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.
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.
Located 17 km from Ikom and about 315km from Calabar, Agbokim waterfall which consists of seven streams, each cascading over steep cliff which provides seven-faced falls, is not far from the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
The waterfall is on the Cross River, where it descends in terraces, through the tropical rainforest. Agbokim Waterfalls is most spectacular during the rainy season when on a lucky day you have a chance to see the rainbow across the face of the waterfall. Read More
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.
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.
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.
Other facilities include:
Guest house, canopy walk etc.