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1992 - Saly / Dakar, Senegal
1994 - South Africa
1996 - Marrakech, Morocco
2000 - Abuja, Nigeria
2001- Yaounde, Cameroon
2002 - Fez, Morocco
2003 - Zanzibar, Tanzania
2004 - Kampala, Uganda
2005: Luanda, Angola
2006 - Calabar, Nigeria

About Historic Calabar, Nigeria

 Did you Know ....

by Muguette Goufrani
Africa Trael Magazine

• Calabar, capital of Cross River State, Nigeria was selected as official site for the Africa Travel Association's 10th Ecotourism Symposium, an annual international event that attracts travel agents, tour operators, tourism industry executives and government officials, including Ministers of Tourism.

• Calabar is a strategically located seaport on the Atlantic Coast, a short distance from the Cameroon border in the south eastern corner of Nigeria.

• The Calabar and Great Qua rivers plus several creeks of the Cross River serve the city, which for several centuries was an active slave trade port.

• Major visitor attractions include the International Museum, Botanical Gardens, Sports Stadium Complex, Slave History Park and the University of Calabar.

• Historically, Calabar has been inhabited for two millennia and was discovered by European navigators in the 1400s.

• Calabar was the former seat of Government of Niger Coast, Southern and Oil River Protectorates.

• Calabar is a Free Trade Zone with an international airport and seaport facilities.

• Calabar is close to the city of Port Harcourt, an important merchant seaport that is known worldwide as the center of Nigeria's oil industry.

• The popular Cross River National Park, three hours north of Calabar by auto, includes Bosahi Okweango Forest Reserve and the Southern Oban Hills Forest Reserve. West Africa's most biodiverse ecosystem this park is home to elephant and lowland gorillas. drill, chimpanzee and red columbus monkeys.

More to come ,,,


"Although the tourism infrastructure in Nigeria is not as developed as in other places in Africa, Nigeria offers perhaps the best variety of tourist attractions and destinations in West Africa. American tourists will discover numerous unique scenic attractions which differ from one place to another scattered throughout Nigeria that will allow them to experience and enjoy the people of Nigeria as they come in contact with the fascinating history, ancient traditions and varied customs of Nigeria's proud heritage." Helen Broadus, ATA Board Member

From Cross River State Website
“The Calabar Export Processing Zone is the Premier Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Nigeria. located on a 208,847 hectares of land bordering the ultra-modern Calabar sea port, the EPZ was established in 1992. The Zone provides the necessary enabling environment for the setting up of development, expansion and growth of export-oriented manufacturing industries in the non-oil sector of the economy. Situated on 152 hectares of prime real estate with an additional 20 hectares for further expansion.”