From white-sand beaches to wildlife-rich rainforests, you’ll find a huge variety of landscapes in Akwa Ibom State. Relax by the Atlantic Ocean and head inland to explore a protected forest reserve home to leopards, chimpanzees and rare monkeys. The bustling city of Uyo is a gateway to Akwa Ibom State.
Things to do in Akwa Ibom
Cheer on local sports teams at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo. The 30,000-seat stadium is the home ground of the Super Eagles national football team. It also hosts athletic track and field competitions, as well as cultural events.
Sunbathe on Ibeno Beach, one of the longest stretches of sand in West Africa. It’s set at the mouth of the Qua Iboe River and overlooks the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find resorts dotted along the Atlantic coast and along the riverbank. Make a splash with water sports and join a beach soccer game.
Hire a guide to explore Stubb's Creek Forest Reserve, one of the largest pockets of rainforest in Akwa Ibom State. The unique ecosystem is home to rare and endangered species like Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees and African leopards. There’s also a chance to see greater spot-nosed monkeys, collared mangabeys and endemic Sclater's guenons swinging in the trees.
Dine at local restaurants and try traditional dishes like “ekpang” grated taro rolled into balls, wrapped in green leaves and simmered in a rich broth. Enjoy spoonfuls of “edikang ikong” pumpkin soup and “afia efere ebot” goat cooked in a spicy broth.
Getting around Akwa Ibom
Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Akwa Ibom State at your own pace, while hiring a private driver is a good option if you don’t want to drive. Local buses operate across Akwa Ibom State but can be slow and difficult to navigate. Akwa Ibom Airport is a 20-minute drive from Uyo.