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Water Falls - Kwa, Gurara and Agbokim

Niagara falls next. Amen? Amen!

Hi everyone.


For someone who doesn't like water, I have been to quite a number of water falls. Okay, just three but that's a lot for someone like me. So, I've concluded that it is not that I do not like water. I just do not like to be in water.

I've found that falls are quite calming. Maybe it's the soft sound the water makes as it cascades over the hills.

My first waterfall experience, Kwa falls, located in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State is my best till date. It was so soothing, I didn't want to leave. Sitting there, away from the noise and away from the world was so perfect.


As a child, I had been there a couple or so times on school excursions but they never really let us near the water. This time, we were able to climb the rocks through the water. It was both exhilarating and scary knowing that just one misstep could send you falling all the way down. But, climb, we did!


Be ready for sand flies though. I had no idea so I had my arms out. They weren't merciful at all.


Our tour guide was very warm and engaging and I was quite taken with his hair which he had been growing in dreads for about twenty years if I remember correctly.

Now, Gurara falls located in Niger state was not calming at all. I thought it was mad! In every sense of the word but I must admit it is a kind of madness that I liked.


About an hour to an hour thirty minutes drive from Abuja, It is located between Suleja and Minna.



The river was raging angry and for the most part, I had my heart in my mouth but I'd tell you it's an experience everyone should have!

Last but definitely not least -Agbokim water falls -located in Etung Local Government of Cross River state, the most picturesque of them all. To me at least. It is such an amazing falling sheet of water, If that makes any sense. I was transfixed for a seconds just reveling in the beauty of it.


Here too, we had to climb down a flight of stairs which our tour guide mentioned was built when Agbani Darego was scheduled to pay a visit to the falls.


At high tide, there are seven streams cascading over the hills but because we went at low tide, we were only able to see four.


We climbed down to the foot of the fall where the water touched ground with some really beautiful natural stones. I'm not sure however. Can stones be unnatural?


We came upon a cleared out shrine which our tour guides made sure to show us how clean it was compared to the rest of the landing. They insisted that the space is cleaned and maintained by gods who are still present there but hidden from ordinary eyes.


I believed them!

The climb back up was surprisingly easier and faster but I was quite sad to leave.

It's sad to see that all three water falls are quite neglected. These are places that could bring in some revenue to their communities if they are developed, packaged and sold to the public.

I felt the exact same way when I visited the Obudu Mountain Resort which I blogged about here. We have so much tourism potential in Nigeria. Why are we letting it all go to waste?

Have you been to any of these water falls? What was your experience? Have you been to others apart from these? Do share with us in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

Photographer and Travel Buddy: LuminaEfx

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  1. I have been to Agbokim and kwa. Although I didn't get down the stairs at agbokim cos I went in the season of the rains but kwa? Trust I climbed up through the rocks. Picked periwinkle and diff sorts I was awed and wanted to swim. You cheated on the gurara! We were to go together you rat!!!

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