Living in Calabar, Nigeria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

17 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Calabar, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 17 people living in Calabar what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Calabar is a serene and beautiful city. A perfect home away from home. It’s green and lush yet very clean and neat environs are a tourists delight. Food, security and basic amenities are readily available. The climate is favourable and accommodating. The people are warm and receptive. Religion is open and free for all types.

Chiderah, says: 2020

The city is the Paradise city of the nation Nigeria. The city is the capital of Cross river state. The city is a coastal city, it’s very close to the Atlantic ocean. The city is called C-A-L-A-B-A-R which means come and live and be at rest. The population is estimated to be about 500,000 people.

Christianah, says: 2020

The prices of things here are a bit high compared to that of other states in Nigeria. It’s safer and there is less traffic here compared to other main cities in Nigeria. You will enjoy the delicious delicacies prepared in restaurants.

Joseph, says: 2020

Calabar is a small town but it has a lot of places you can go to, you should know the streets will sometimes be filled with careless drivers and you should pick somewhere to stay that isn’t polluted, and also a place with many people living there, like a neighborhood, living in a small isolated area increases your chances of being a victim of crime. There are a lot of fast food restaurants to go too, there’s a big mall for any of your needs or wants.

Chimezie, says: 2020

Calabar is the capital of Cross River State. It is a historic city in Southern Nigeria and is widely known as the first capital of Nigeria. The Efiks and the Quas are the dominant ethnic groups in city. Calabar is also known for having many tourists attractions such as the Marina Resort and Tinapa Resort.

Oluwatobi, says: 2020

Calabar is a tourism destination. It is in the south-south geo-political zone in the country Nigeria. It is blessed with an untapped rainforest with several game reserves, which include the famous Cross River Drill Monkey. It is home to Tinapa Free Trade Zone which is the largest Free Trade Zone in West Africa.

Festus, says: 2020

Calabar is referred the as the most beautiful city in Nigeria. It the small city in Cross River state. It serves as the state’s capital. Calabar is very peaceful, but very busy I must say. This beautiful city is very culturally diverse as people from different part of the country live here. Calabar is most interesting during the end of the year when the popular Calabar carnival takes place.

Adewale, says: 2020

My city is a fairly peaceful city and the people enjoy the fun dimension of life such as carnivals and parties. They are Efik by tribe and and are assumed to be lazy with regards to hard-work and economic activities. Unlike their Ibo brothers in the eastern part of Nigeria who are more industrious.

Calabar is actually okay to live in because of the amenities which have already been set in place such as security, electricity and many other things to facilitate a healthy life for a individual. Its is not densely populated and there is very low crime rate. The transport system too is good.

Godwin, says: 2020

Calabar is a beautiful city in the south-south region of Nigeria. The inhabitants are very generous and enthusiastic. Moreso, there are tourist sites that will blow the minds of new residents. Calabar use to be one of the cleanest cities in the country, a reputation that has sadly fallen down the slope.

Fortunatus, says: 2020

Calabar is a very quiet city although it is slowly expanding. The environment is cool and it rains a lot during the rainy season. The prices of goods and services are slightly on the high side including accommodation. Calabar is a city which has many tourist attraction which means you will have many places to visit and you will also meet many new people. If you are looking for a city with little traffic and serene environment Calabar is a place.

Calabar is a city in Nigeria. It is notable for its ambience, tranquility and cleanliness, which is reflected in its slogan, ‘The paradise city’. Calabar is most notable as the tourist destination of the country. There are various tourist attractions such as the Obudu cattle ranch, Tinapa Resort, Mary Slessor’s park and a lot more.

Someone moving to Calabar should know he or she is actually heading to the safest place in the world. Life in my city is easygoing, no complaints. It is the safest.

Longshak, says: 2020

Calabar is in the South – South region of Nigeria. The predominant native language is Efik. The city is a good location for anyone considering undergraduate studies, as it has about three Universities for undergraduate studies namely; The University of Calabar, Cross River State University of Science and Technology and Arthur Javis University.

Claret, says: 2020

Calabar is in Cross River state Nigeria. Its is also called “Nations paradise” because it is one of the biggest and most beautiful tourist states in the country. with wildlife, culture and the has best delicacies. The city is so beautiful and warm with great waterfalls.

Iteoluwakisi, says: 2020

Calabar was the first capital of Nigeria. And it is the centre of attraction to tourists in Africa due to the role it played in during the colonial era. And it is one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria. Calabar is a city everyone should visit.

The city is a nice city. The people are warm and receptive. It is home to one of the top Federal Schools in Nigeria. The City’s population is made up mainly of students. It is really easy for someone to transport themselves through the City. It is a pretty quiet City with simple activities. The city is equipped with a Football Stadium, a Shopping Mall and a Lake Resort.

Benjamin, says: 2020

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