The ultimate viability and popularity of ecotourism in this Park lies in the gradual development of the Kayang Tourist village. This will further enhance the exploitation of the unlimited ecotourism resources of the Mbe Mountain Gorrilla, the Pandrillus and Cercopan Monkeys Conservation Projects, and the Obudu Cattle Ranch Resort with its all- year-round temperate-like climate, captivating panoramic view, overhead cable cars and rolling hills. This would no doubt boost the Calabar Export Processing Zone and the famous Tinapa Business & Leisure Resort – now commissioned and in operation. Tinapa is Africa’s Premier Business & Leisure Resort; the first of its kind in Nigeria, and perhaps the West and Central African sub-regions modeled after similar Export Centres in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Bombay and Bangkok in terms of modern eco-friendly tourism.
The best time to visit the Park is November to May. Due to its highly forested nature, recreational pursuits are done mostly on foot/trekking with patience and endurance. Armed ranger escorts and Park interpreters are available to guide visitors while on tour of the Park
Cross River State has rich and diverse cultural heritage which is a great compliment to the existence of the Cross River National Park. Activities like the annual “boat regatta” Yam Festival, Calabar X’mas carnival and the popular “Edikanikong” cuisine add colour to the natural endowments.
Visitors from the North and the Middle Belt can access the Park either through the Abuja -Makurdi -Ikom highway, or Yola -Wukari -Katsina Ala – Ikom highway. From Ikom, visitors can proceed either to Butatong if their interest is to visit Okwangwo Division, or to Akamkpa, if their interest is to visit Oban Division.
Visitors from the South-West and South-South can also reach the Park by either the Aba-Ikot Ekpene-Calabar highway, or the Port Harcourt-Ikot Abasi-Uyo highway. At Odukpani junction, visitors are to turn left and make a 20 – minutes drive to the Park’s Head Office at Akamkpa where able staff are waiting to receive and guide them accordingly. Butatong and Erokut are the main entrances to easily have a glimpse of the Rainforest Park.
Cross River is the only Park in Nigeria within the vicinity of a seaport. Sailors and passengers wishing to visit the Park may berth at the Calabar International Free Trade Zone Seaport. Once through with seaport entry formalities, visitors may either go straight to Akamkpa or visit the Calabar Contact Office of the Park at the Federal Secretariat Complex, Calabar, for further enquiries.
The closest airport is the Margaret Ekpo International Airport at Calabar. Lagos and Port Harcourt Airports may also be used to access the Park.