The cities of Nigeria offer very different atmospheres, from the sprawling and chaotic coastal centre of Lagos, to the ancient Muslim cities of the north, such as Kano. The natural environment also has great contrasts, from the lush dense forests of the Cross River National Park in the southeast, to the more tamed and sedate Yankuri National Park north of the River Benue. Find out more by clicking on the map items.
Located high on a hill above the Calabar River, the capital of the Cross Rivers State is renowned as a pleasant and historic city. It was long used as a port for shipping out slaves from Nigeria, until the practice was abolished. Then it became an important centre for the trade in palm oil, rubber and timber. Surrounded by lagoons and tropical forest, it is a good base from which to explore Nigeria’s wildlife, which has been protected in the state’s Cross River National Park – see Geography & Wildlife.
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