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Agbokim Waterfalls

Agbokim Waterfalls, Nigeria
Agbokim Waterfalls, Nigeria. / Ei’eke, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

WorldBlue  In short

There is a beautiful waterfall on the rim of the giant Congo rainforest – Agbokim Waterfalls in Nigeria near the border with Cameroon.

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GPS coordinates
5.907 N 8.9127 E
Location, address
Africa, Nigeria, Cross River State, Etung Local Government, at the eastern outskirts of Obokum village, on Agbokim River some 500 m from its confluence with Cross River
Height
Approximately 40 m
Width
Around 100 m
Flow rate
7 m3/s
Stream
Agbokim River

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WorldYellow In detail

Agbokim Waterfalls
Agbokim Waterfalls. / Efetobo Awhana, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Agbokim Waterfalls have formed on Agbokim River some 500 m from its confluence with the much larger Cross River. Agbokim River, in turn, has formed from Ekim and Bakue rivers that meet several kilometers before the falls.

Agbokim River is a comparatively small stream but before the falls it becomes shallow and wide. As the water reaches the rim of the cliff, it divides into several, reportedly seven streams. In reality, the number of streams is not that easy to tell: this number changes with the fluctuations in the amount of water in the river.

Waterfall is surrounded by the lush vegetation of the tropical rainforest.

It is advisable to visit the falls during the rainy season from April to September (except for August). If the visitor is lucky and the weather is sunny, the waterfall will be adorned with a rainbow.

According to the stories of locals, the waterfall was discovered around 1900 by an Ekoi (Ejagham) hunter NTankum. Later he moved to live with his family and relatives near this beautiful place. This community lives there up to this day and takes great care to preserve the rainforest around the falls.

It is not easy to reach this remote Even if this waterfall is remote from larger cities, quite a few tourists come there.

Waterfall is surrounded by the lush vegetation of the tropical rainforest.

References

  1. Uhunmwangho Roland, Kenneth E. Okedu. Macro- and Micro-Hydropower: An Option for Socioeconomic Development. Case Study – Agbokim Waterfalls, Cross River State, Nigeria.. The Pacific Journal of Science and Technology. Vol 10, No 2, November 2009. Accessed on 18th September 2022.

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