Fly To Calabar, Nigeria
The peacefulness of Calabar coupled with the colonial architecture is what makes the city an interesting stop on a visit to Nigeria. Calabar represents one of the oldest trading cities in the south east region.
This bustling port city was first founded as a slave trade post in the 17th century. It is now a major port from which palm oil is exported. The city is home to the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the country’s most prestigious university - University of Calabar.
Landmarks of Calabar of interest to tourists include a museum, cultural centre and a botanical garden. Being an African city, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with and view wildlife. One such in the region is Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Calabar do need a Visa for Nigeria. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Nigeria is in Abuja. Plot 371, Diplomatic Zone, Central Business District, Abuja. Phone: + 234 9 782 2850 / + 234 9 782 2852.
See and do
The Calabar Museum, which overlooks the waterfront, provides an in depth resource on the history of the city and slavery; as well as artifacts relating to the production of palm oil. On an interesting note, the building was designed and built in Glasgow and then transported to Calabar where the pieces were assembled.
The Marina Resort is a great tourist attraction in Calabar. Enjoy a scenic view of the Calabar River or for the more adventurous visitor, a speed boat ride. Other attractions at the resort include the slave museum, night clubs and film theatres.
For shopping enthusiasts, the old town is where you would head for great shopping expeditions. Watt Market is a large bustling shopping destination where a wide variety of items can be bought. These can take the form of clothing, wax materials, car parts and even live chickens. Marian Market’s attraction is its vibrant atmosphere where preachers and just about anyone can be heard singing on market day. The market mainly sells fresh produce. The Palms Shopping Mall is the largest of its kind in Nigeria providing world class shopping facilities.
Tinapa, a leisure and water park resort is great for family fun and a good day out. It is regarded by many as the best water park in Nigeria. Entertainment includes a casino, digital cinema, children's arcade, restaurants, a mini amphitheatre, a nightclub and pubs. The resort also is home to an artificial tidal lake.
Margaret Ekpo International Airport – CBQ
Margaret Ekpo International Airport also known as Calabar Airport serves Calabar, a city in Cross River State in Nigeria. The airport facilities have been upgraded and a new terminal building has been added. The area has seen great growth in terms of tourism which is attributed to the existence of the airport. Calabar Airport (code CBQ) is served by Arik Air with flights from Lagos and Abuja.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Margaret Ekpo International Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels in close proximity to the airport include: Delve Hotel & Suites, Treasureland Hotels, Freemans Hotel and Mega Hilton Hotel.
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