Duke town lies in between Marina road and Calabar road; it is very close to the Calabar River. However, a boat ride from Calabar River will take you to Creek Town. Furthermore, Duke Town is close to Naval Base, U.J Esuene Stadium, Big Qua Town, Watt Market, Marian, and Henshaw Town.
If you’re taking a trip to Calabar for the first time, it would be really great if you stop by Duke town, a small European settlement during colonisation that lies in Calabar.
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Facts about Duke Town
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We all know that in the whole of Nigeria; Calabar is the finest city and is therefore referred to as small London. However, the town is an awesome location for your holiday, honeymoon, romantic place to propose etc. As it hosts a lot of attractive tourist sites, affordable and yet hospitable hotels; as well as chill spots to meet awesome people. Who might be residents of the town; who will feed you with a lot of gist about living in this area. Perhaps you could meet tourists like you; who you can talk to and therefore, you guys can learn new things together. In Duke town, the secondary school in Calabar is very discipline. Also, there are lot of Duke town primary schools in Calabar.
History of Duke Town
In 1769, this town was the major area where the British hosted slaves. Who had been taken from different parts of southern Nigeria. Previously, the area was known as Iboku Atapka but on the arrival of the colonialist, it became Duke Town as titled by the British.
In the district of Duke, we can find abstract monuments, museums, national parks and other fun areas. Furthermore, some places near Duke townhouse you should endeavour visiting include, Oron, Odukpani, Ikot Nakanda, Okopedi and Eyofin. Also, the Marina tourist resort is a great location to get awesome experience from the beautiful waterfronts, seafood restaurants to hospitality services that they offer. However, Duke town cathedral calabar is a good place to also check-in. Jazz concert in Duke town 2019 was really fun.
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Moving around in this town, you’ll either need to hire a car which might be quite pricey or board cabs like other locals in the area. Also, you can take a tro-tro to other neighbouring state like Akwa Ibom or to Cameroon. Meanwhile, you can take an airplane from Calabar airport to Uyo or to any of your destination. There are also, boat that can take you through the Calabar River or Akwa Akpa to any part of the state. However, the Duke town yacht owners are very good in welcoming visitors when you arrive here. Also, feel free to worship at Duke town Presbyterian Church. Apart from this church; there are many Churches in Duke town Calabar like Winners Chapel.
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Where To Stay In Duke Town
Hotel prices all depends on the kind of hotel one might decide to stay. Although, every hotel in this town comes with different prices. Better still, you can book an airbnb space for as low as $20 per night and enjoy an amazing private ambience feeling at home.
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As a reserve tourist area, one can decide to partake in variety of activities from visiting slave museums were the British kept slaves; to enjoy river side games and water sports. Also, you can take duke town yacht and have a ride on the Calabar River. Ecological parks are also available around were one can communicate easily with nature. Also, a few museums lies in this area. Therefore, art lovers have something to be thrilled with. The colonial architecture which houses the old Duke town church is also a great tourist site to visit. However, to get first hand experience in the town; endeavour to find a tour guide who can lead you to places that will help you learn a lot about the area. Make sure your guide is also an indigene. However, try to witness Duketown jazz festival. Am sure you will like it.
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Duke town is not just a beautiful town with a lot of tourist locations. There’s a lot of history behind the town as the town played a major role in Cross River during the pre-colonial and post colonial periods in Nigeria.