Formerly known as the Obudu Cattle Ranch, Obudu Mountain Resort was developed in 1951 by Mr. McCaughley (a Scot) who was the first to explore the mountain ranges in 1949. After spending a month on the mountaintop of the Oshie Ridge located on the Sankwala Mountain, he returned with a fellow rancher in the person of Mr. Hugh Jones in 1951 with the help of Dr. Crawfield, they developed the Obudu Cattle Ranch.
Though the ranch has seen a lot of decay since then, it has however been recently rehabilitated to its past glory and given a massive facelift.
The Obudu Mountain Resort is located on the Obudu Plateau which shares close proximity with the Cameroon border in the north eastern part of Cross River State, Nigeria. It is about 332 kilometres drive from Calabar – the capital of Cross River State while it is about a 30 minutes drive from Obudu town.
Due to the development of world class tourist facilities by the Cross River State government, the ranch has been turned into a worldwide known holiday and tourist center. Obudu Mountain Resort has a semi-temperate mountain climate due to the altitude of the Obudu Plateau.
In order to raise awareness about Obudu Cattle Ranch, the former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race was created. This mountain race is an annual mountain running competition that spans 11.25km and is held in November in Obudu. It’s first edition held in 2005 and currently, it holds the title of “the world’s richest mountain race” as it has the largest total prize money that is available for any mountain race in the world. Both the men’s and women’s competition winners each receive $50,000 while there is a total prize money of around $250,000.
This race is endorsed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and is also an associate member race of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). As such, this mountain race attracts many world-class road running as well as mountain running athletes. The course for this race starts at a height of 800metres above sea level and thereafter traces a path towards the summit of Mount Obudu adding an additional 800metres above sea level thereby bringing the finishing point of the race to a total of 1600m above sea level.
The first edition of the mountain race which held in 2005 consisted of a select group of invited professional mountain running athletes and Nigerian runners. At the next two editions, prominent road runners and established mountain runners were present.
Obudu Mountain Resort has a scenic ambience, a temperate climate with lush vegetation and a resort that offers a green, clean, safe and quiet getaway anytime.
Pay a visit to Obudu Mountain Resort today and enjoy what nature has in store.