Calabar was chosen by Port-Harcourt Hash House Harriers, the host kernel, as the venue for the 4th Nigerian Nash Hash, because of its cultural and historical importance to Nigeria and also its luxurious green undulating landscape.
Calabar, also called Canaan City, is the capital of Cross River State (The People’s Paradise) in southern Nigeria. The city which was originally known as Akwa Akpa is a large city of 406 square kilometers. Calabar was a major slave trade route through which slaves, mostly Igbos from South-Eastern Nigeria, were sold into slavery and sailed to the Americas.
Calabar, also called Canaan City, is the capital of Cross River State (The People’s Paradise) in southern Nigeria.
Calabar is classified as a tropical monsson climate with average temperature of 25 to 28oC and 3,000 millimeters of rainfall annually which spans a period of ten months
The major landmarks in Calabar include Margaret Ekpo International Airport, U.J. Esuene Modern Stadium, Calabar Zoological Garden, University of Calabar, Tinapa Resort, Calabar Free Trade Zone, Cross River State Annual Christmas Festival, Calabar Carnival, Ekpe Festival and several other cultural and physical landmarks.
The major ethnic groups in Cross River state are Efik, Ejagham, Yakurr, Bette, Yala, Igede, Ukelle and Bekwarra. Efik language is widely spoken in Calabar. Obudu Cattle Ranch, one of the foremost tourist attractions in Nigeria, is located in the state.