Afi Mountain Drill Ranch – Canopy Walk
(My Nigeria crossing starts with the story Into Nigeria. You should begin reading there)
Trying to capitalize on the success of Drill Ranch, the government of Nigeria built a massive Canopy Walk nearby. The former president of the country even visited in 2001, a huge honor.
I have said many times I feel like I am in Jurassic Park, and it has never been more so than on this canopy walk. The aluminum boardwalk and rope handrails are seriously overgrown with fungus and growth, the trees look prehistoric and the views are spectacular. Standing on the platform I fully expect to see a dinosaur walk past, and keep a close eye out just in case.
The walk is not for anyone afraid of heights, the boardwalks sway a lot when walking on them, and the handrails also move around when I try to learn on them for support.
The jungle and trees here are spectacular, and seeing them from such a height is magnificent.
Unfortunately part of the walk was destroyed a few years back during a massive flash-flood, and recently a tree has fallen on another section preventing us completing the “loop” as it was originally designed. I really hope they can repair the damaged sections so many more people can enjoy this amazing experience.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Afi Mountain Drill Ranch.
It has been one of the genuine highlights of West Africa for me, and has defined my time in Nigeria.
Day nine in Nigeria.
Time to move.