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Wake up in the serene, luxury environment overlooking the heart of Calabar. You can opt for a coordinated aerobic session at the gymnasium with other tourists. This should work you up for the days activities. It is a brief session, after which you freshen up and head to the restaurant for breakfast.
After breakfast, you will join other tourists to explore the Marina resort where the fun and excitement of Christmas is charged with several activities happening simultaneously. First of it will be the visit to the Slave history museum, where you are taken through the harrowing experiences of men and women who lived during the time. This is an emotional experience that touches your heart and possibly makes you view humanity from a different perspective and better living.
Next will be a boat cruise (Ad-on) to the Twin Island. A place where the killing of twins was brought to an end in Nigeria by Mary Slessor. While on the boat cruise, you will catch a glimpse of the floating station on the lagoon as the gentle breeze blows around you. The views on the lagoon sure encapsulates your thoughts.
After spending time at the resort and having lunch (Ad-on) by the lagoon, it will be time to explore the Drill ranch. This is where endangered drill monkeys are kept, raised before being transferred into the wild. The drill monkeys are the second closest to human after the gorilla. Its quite an interesting experience. You may wish to donate a token towards the upkeep and sustenance of the project driven by a private conservationist.
The day should be far spent by now and it will be time to retire for the evening activity at the hotel to further make you relax and have a recap of the days activities.
Dinner is served at the Chester restaurant.
Wake up to soothing day with scheduled routine at the gym. After breakfast, you will join other tourists on a trip to the Cross River National Park on an adventure into the jungle experience. You get to explore one of the world's bio-diversity rainforest in Nigeria. The Flora and Fauna are enchanting and draws you to nature. You will take a walking safari through the jungle with vast tour guides taking you through the rich resources in the Park. There are several opportunities to take pictures and create memories while in the Park. After the safari, you will be treated to a light refreshment to quench your thirst and head back to the hotel.
After lunch, you may choose to have some rest in preparation to experiencing the carnival display which commences later in the day. The carnival experience continues long into the night. Tourists are scheduled to be returned to the hotel. However you may wish to continue with the event and later return to the hotel at your pace. Be sure not to miss dinner as the fun and excitement of the carnival is so electrifying.
Wake up to the scheduled routine for the morning and after breakfast, you will join other tourists on a trip to the National Museum.
You will spend some time at the museum exploring the rich history of Nigeria from the colonial times.
Its the main carnival day and activities begin to gather momentum from mid-day.
After lunch, take some rest and prepare for the main carnival display. If you have indicated interest at costume for the event, they would be delivered to you at the hotel. You may wish to dress up in your costume before joining the carnival. This is an all night event.
Families with kids are expected to coordinate with a Motley rep on how best to coordinate their wards.
Its been a very interesting, engaging and entertaining time in Calabar. Goodbyes are very difficult sometimes, especially when you have made new friends, strengthened bond with friends amongst several other possibilities during the carnival, but the tour has to come to an end.
Wake up to breakfast (If you retire to the hotel early enough to catch some sleep). For those who may have to embark on a road trip back to their respective places, its an early departure while those having to fly have more time to spend at the hotel before checking out. Buses are scheduled to depart to the airport (Please check with your Motley rep to know when your airport transfer is scheduled)
At this juncture, the tour comes to an end and we implore you to come back here to give a review of your experience as other persons look forward to hearing from you to help them plan to attend the next carnival.