Surrounded by mountains, Gembu is a quiet and ancient town domiciled in Sardauna local government area in Taraba State. It is noteworthy to say that Gembu is not a place to visit for the timid especially if you cannot stomach the climb of the mountains as well as the heart-thumping drive along the road linking the town to the world outside.
Upon arrival, you are ushered into a tourism haven featuring warm climate, mixed Nigerian-Cameroonian culture, hospitality to a tilt, tasty cuisine and much more. From Lagos, you can fly to the Adamawa airport where you may join a bus heading to Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State. Here is all you need to know about Gembu.
Gembu Top Three Sites
The Mambilla Plateau is a poster-destination for Gembu and Taraba at large. This widely known plateau has one of the best weather conditions in Nigeria. With an elevation of 5,249 ft above sea level making it the highest Plateau in Nigeria, the plateau is frequented by all and sundry. For the best experience, a climb atop the Plateau which will give you a picturesque, unforgettable and lifetime view.
Chappal Waddi Mountain
The Chappal Waddi Mountain is just a stone’s throw from the Mambilla Plateau. It is the highest peak in Nigeria with an elevation of about 2,419 meters. For tourists visiting Gembu, they have to decide which they’d rather hike Mambilla Plateau or Chappal Waddi Mountain as the fact is you can’t climb both at in one day.
Mbamnga and Ndumyaji Cave
The Mbamnga-Ndumyaji Cave is a popular cave in Gembu. Displayed on the cave is a conspicuous footprint of an ancient warrior at the rock at Kabri, the rock with a horse footprint at Hienary, and the historic site of the ancient blacksmith.
Hotels here are very affordable. You can get a comfy room for less than N3,000. Alternatively, you can decide to return to Jalingo if you do not want to spend the night in Gembu. Some of the Jovago hotels in Jalingo include Bizare hotel, Camp Lavet Hotel, Jankada Motel, Alkun Suite and Dove City Suite among others.
The only shops or stores you can find are chalets where they sell only consumer goods. These small stores are dotted in different parts of Gembu. If you want, you can also decide to check out the Gembu Old Market Square.
Dhanwate,Miyan Tushe, Tuwo Shinkafa, and Fura de nunu are some the cuisines you will find in Gembu. Like the stores, there are small restaurants where you can have a taste of these aforementioned foods. The best way to get a good place to eat is to talk to a local to recommend a restaurant.
The Mambilla Plateau is also free of mosquitoes and tse-tse flies.
Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE, a travel and Tech writer, contributed this article from lagos.