Experience Calabar with Dontasha's World
If you're not totally worn out by this jam-packed itinerary, there's fun to be had afterhours
- Address: Enerhen Road, Warri, Delta State
- Phone: +23408154086724
- Mobile: +234 815 408 6724
Who are Dontasha's World?
Dontasha's World is a company based in Warri, Delta State, and they specialise in travel and entertainment. They organise tours and help their clients/guests with hotel reservations, team building activities and travel management.
Their beautifully pacakged excursions brings people from around the World showcasing Nigeria’s breathtaking nature and sights. Management and staff of Dontasha's World works hard to provide tours of the highest quality, with comfortable transport and knowledgable guides,they also take cost very seriously, so you can be rest assured that their tours always come in on the budget.
What do they do?
Each year, Dontasha's World organises two main tours.
The first is the Easter Fun Fair package, which runs in the spring and takes tourists to place like Tinapa, Calabar Museum, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Drill Monkey Rehab Center and National Park.The tour is a dream-come-true for nature lovers. At the Afi Mountain Wildlife centre tourists are shown endangered primates that are kept there. They include the Nigerian chimpanzee and the most endangered gorilla subspecies, the Cross River gorilla.
Second stop for the tour is the Calabar Museum which is an interesting place to visit,situated in the beautiful old British governor's building overlooking the river, it houses a fascinating collection covering Calabar's days as the Efik kingdom, the slave and palm-oil trade, and the colonial period.
Dontasha's World annual tour is a Calabar Trip, that holds every Christmas and it focus on the Calabar Christmas festival that runs from December 1st -1st of January the next year. The festivities kicks off with a beautiful tree-lighting ceremony on 30 November, at Calabar’s Millenium Park, and a Thanksgiving Ceremony on 1 January the following year, marks the closing of the season. For the 32 days in between, visitors can celebrate in style to the sounds of musicians with national and international acclaim.
So, what does a tour involve?
The Dontasha’s World tours is one of the most reliable,efficient and amazing tour around. A glimpse of how their tours are conducted, using the"Visit Calabar" package as an example, it is a six-day tour that takes place in December and tourist are at an advantage of seeing the towns of Warri and Port Harcourt as they journey to Calabar.
The tour costs N60,000 for a single person, N110,000 if you travel in a pair, and N170,000 for a family of four. The fee covers transport and accommodation. The itinerary for the trip is as follows:
The second day of the tour takes guests to the impressive Tinapa Resort – so it’s well worth packing some spending money. The Tinapa Shopping Centre contains 54 retail outlets and four huge shopping emporia, each about 10,000 square metres in size, where shoppers can pick up designers brands such as: perfume, fabrics, jewellery, locally made crafts souvenirs and also electronics.
The good news is that the Resort is in a free trade zone, where no customs duties apply. As a of this result, the prices in the Resort are among the lowest you’ll find in Nigeria. And for those who aren’t tempted by the shops, the Resort has games arcade, a water park and even colourful Nollywood studios to explore.
A visit to the Marina Resort is certainly one of the highlights of the Calabar Tour. Sitting on Calabar’s waterfront, the marina is a place of great historical significance, as it is thought that the Portuguese navigator Diego Sam visited the Old Calabar River estuary in the mid fifteenth century.
The estuary is believed to be the site of regular Portuguese trade, where slaves were exported to the sugar plantations of Sao Tome and the West Indies. Indeed, it’s a sobering thought that the Marina Resort stands at the site from where 30% of slaves who left Africa were deported. Fittingly, the Resort has been preserved as a historical site, with a fascinating museum, and there is now also a recreation centre for tourists, where guests can enjoy a restaurant, nightclub, the Tortguga bar, and even speed boat rides not to mention breathtaking views of the Calabar River.
When the sun sets, guests will be able to explore the festival village, and will be treated to a night at the festival show.
The fun continues on the fourth day, as guests are taken on a tour of Calabar, where they’ll take in the Aqua Vista Farms and Kwa Falls, a spectacular waterfall located in a narrow, steep gorge on the headwaters of the Kwa River. For those feeling sprightly, Kwa Falls features a staircase of 234 steps from the plane down to the rest place of the cloudy waters.
In the afternoon, a visit to the Old Residency Museum is on the agenda, as it is a stop-off at the drill monkey rehabilitation centre. The rehab centre was set up by two American biologists who were persuaded by the Nigerian Government to stay in Nigeria and look after the endangered drill monkeys, which were traditionally hunted and eaten in the Afi Mountain range that borders Cameroon. To see these beautiful, previous creatures thriving is an unforgettable experience.
If you’re not totally worn out by this jam-packed itinerary, there’s fun to be had afterhours at the Jasper 131 Club, a popular karoke bar and restaurant.
It’s worth saving some energy for the final day of the tour, when guests can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the famous Calabar Carnival. This is Africa’s biggest and longest-running festival season and comprises a wopping 32 days of exciting events and cokour activities, enjoyed by close to a million people from all over the world. The Calabar Festival started at the turn of the muillenium and since then has grown in scope and popularity with each passing year.
After a whirlwind tour of Calabar, in which guests have experienced the region’s diverse culture and lifestyle, it’s time to go home.
In other words, there's no better way to experience Calabar’s breathtaking vistas, charming people, extraordinary wildlife…and an untold number of hidden gems, than with the Dontasha's World tour.