Obudu Cattle Ranch
Obudu Cattle Ranch is a calm spot in the hills of Cross River state which is in the eastern part of the country. There is a resort at the ranch from which you can go hiking in the forest trying to spot monkeys and other animals but people generally go to Obudu Cattle Ranch to chill.
There are parts of Obudu Cattle Ranch that are so high up, you feel like you can touch the clouds. It gives new meaning to the phrase ‘walking on air’.
Must Eat in Nigeria
Although originating in Northern Nigeria, suya is a snack now enjoyed throughout the country. Suya is a type of thinly-sliced, peppery beef kebab usually served with sliced onions and tomatoes and enjoyed with a glass (or two) of cold beer.
Pepper soup is a broth that is peppery – imagine that! Made from the broth of beef, chicken or fish, it contains beef, chicken or fish pieces and is spiced with pepper and other ingredients. Pepper soup is often enjoyed in the evening with some beer. Yes, beer sells very well here.
This drink seems largely unique to Nigeria as outside the country, bars don’t seem to have heard of it. Chapman tastes slightly different in different bars and restaurants around the country but it is a staple enjoyed by both adults and children.
Chapman is made by mixing roughly 3 parts Fanta, 1 part Sprite, a little blackcurrant cordial (or Ribena when push comes to shove) and the special ingredient – a few drops of Angostura Bitters. Pop in a few ice cubes, garnish with slices of lemon and cucumbers and the delightful drink is ready.
Cultural Tips for Traveling in Nigeria
Although English is the official language of Nigeria, you are more likely to come across Pidgin English wherever you go. Pidgin English is a kind of broken English that is pretty easy to understand – there really aren’t any rules of tense or concord like there are with proper English.
Traveling on the Cheap in Nigeria
Although there are several large hotel chains in Nigeria, it’s probably better and cheaper to stay in smaller, boutique hotels. You would save money, hotel staff will probably be more attentive and you are more likely to feel like you’re staying with friends than staying in a hotel.