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THE MAMBILLA PLATEAU, TARABA

The Mambilla Plateau is a plateau in the Taraba State of Nigeria. The plateau is Nigeriaโ€™s northern continuation of the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon. The Mambilla Plateau is the highest in Nigeria with an average elevation of about 1,600 metres above sea level.

It is one of the highest mountains in Nigeria and West Africa. The Mambilla Plateau measures about 96 km (60 mi) along its curved length; it is 40 km (25 mi) wide and is bounded by an escarpment that is about 900 m (2,953 ft) high in some places, and covers an area of over 9,389 square kilometres (3,625 sq mi). Gang (โ€˜Chappal Waddiโ€™) Mountain is found on the northeastern flank of the Plateau. Mambilla plateau is home to Nigeria and West Africa’s only highland tea plantations.

The climate of the plateau is comparatively cold making it the coolest region in Nigeria. As a result of its high elevation, the plateau experiences temperate weather conditions but on a smaller scale due to its location in a tropical environment.

The Mambilla Plateau is hilly with deep gorges and travellers are constantly passing from one panoramic view to the other. The plateau is entirely covered by soil with an occasional occurrence of granite. The plateau is dissected by many streams and rivers; notably, the Donga River and Taraba River, with both having their sources on/from the Mambilla Plateau.

The Mambilia Plateau Resort is a beautiful site to relax and enjoy while exploring the plateau.

Credit: ourtravelandtour, hotelsng, Wikipedia

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