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This is a thread about the most beautiful place I've been to in my life. It's a town called Gembu. It's located in Sardauna local government of Taraba state on the Mambilla plateau. The plateau has an average elevation of 1600 meters above sea level. So it's really cold!
On friday the 7th of June, we took a bus from Lagos to Jalingo with a transport company called Taraba express. If you're not a fan of long road trips, I'd recommend you make arrangements for a flight to Jalingo or a neighboring state. The journey was long! 24 hours in total.
When we got to Jalingo on Saturday, we decided not to take the trip to Gembu which was another 7 hours from Jalingo so we lodged in a hotel to rest and recharge for the next day. The next day we headed out to Gembu. Dday!! Had some tea and hit the road.
I kept taking photos there and @FuadXIV was looking at me like "You don know was goinon. You ain't seen nothing yet bro". I was just marveled by what I was seeing. Gembu is 7 hours away from Jalingo by road but I assure you that the journey is totally worth it.
We arrived at Gembu in the evening. Here's a shot of @FuadXIV looking at his work emails with so much glee. Peep the background.
We lodged at Gechan guest house in Gembu. I'll highly recommend this place to anyone planning to visit Gembu. Why? It has 24 hours electricity and the staff are super friendly and cool (everyone in Gembu is cool). Loveth was a wonderful host.
So the next day, we searched for our tour guide who was to take us round the amazing spots in Gembu. His name is Bethel. Great guy. We wanted to climb the highest point in Nigeria, Chappal Wadi but we couldn't due to poor planning. So we settled for....
...the tea farm. It's one of the most magnificent places I've been to. Highland tea supply Top tea and are said to own the largest tea farm in West Africa(700 hectares). They even claim to make the best tea in the world. You haven't had tea if it wasn't from here.
From highland tea we visited the Cijin lake close to the tea estate. I'm sure you've never seen water this calm before. We spent a few minutes here before heading back to our lodge.
We headed back to our lodge and called it a day. Gembu is a gift that keeps on giving. We ended the day with a beautiful sunset. At any point in time, there's always something to marvel at. Something to make you smile.
The next day we woke up feeling pumped and called out to Bethel to take us to Mbamga. A community close to the border between Nigeria and cameroon. On our way there we made a few stops to take photos.
We then began our decent into the the Donga river. That was when I knew I was going to build a house in Gembu. My mouth was opened for 10 minutes straight. My eyes watered. It was that beautiful. These photos do this place no justice at all. I promise you.
We crossed the river via specialized boats that could take vehicles on them. Spot @FuadXIV looking your favorite mercenary. It was quite an experience.
After getting to Mbamga, we were ordered by the army not to take any photo of the waterfall, caves or any spot in the town. I was heartbroken because was really looking forward to taking shots. Anyhoo, we were welcomed by the community chiefs and took a group photo.
On our way back, we made several stops on the way to take photos and shoot footage.
More photos. We were just fooling around and having fun. Strangers stopped and took photos with us. I've never felt so welcomed by strangers before. It was quite heartwarming.
More photos. Peep those healthy looking cows. #Gembu #Travel
We planned on staying for 3 days but ended up spending 4. Why? We met a man who works with UNHCR. He persuaded us to stay and work with him so we did. We couldn't resist his enthusiasm he shared with us. So we worked and took more photos.
Fun fact about this set of photos: The interval between a beautiful sunset and a heavy rain storm was just 15 minutes. The weather in Gembu switches up on you anytime.
After spending a few days in Gembu, it was time to leave. I didn't want to leave 🙄. So on Friday the 14th of June we left the beautiful town. I would advise anyone who is thinking about taking a trip to Gembu to just do it. Get Hi-res photos here free: unsplash.com/@oshomah
Guys please follow Bethel @BMoseglad
Just some more photos I think you guys need to see.
@BMoseglad Guys please follow Bethel on Instagram. He has something planned for September. Don't miss out.
@BMoseglad Guys please follow Bethel here @MambillaXplorer
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