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Preliminary study of Affia Cave, Waterfall and natural bridge in Okpatu, Enugu State

Okpoko, P.U., Okonkwo, E.E. and Afamefuna, E.P. (2016) Preliminary study of Affia Cave, Waterfall and natural bridge in Okpatu, Enugu State. Journal of Tourism and Heritage Studies, 5 (1-2). pp. 50-63.

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Caves and waterfalls abound in most parts of Igboland. They are the rich nature - induced attractions, which when developed will not only bring development, but also revenue to the destinations in which they are located. Enugu State is endowed with natural and cultural tourism resources located across the state, all of which can produce a distinctive tourism industry capable of generating income and raising the living standard of the local people . This study is aimed at bringing to limelight the cave, waterfall and natural bridge in Okpatu, Udi Local Government Area (L.G.A) of Enugu State. The research employed reconnaissance survey, interviews and direct observation to elicit information in the study community. Preliminary findings revealed that the sites have great potentialities, given the scenic attractions, rich heritage resources in the community and their proximity to already existing attractions within the visitor domain (including the standing furnaces in Ibite - Okpatu and the Awhum Monastery with a cave). It is proposed that the sites be developed so as to ensure improved visitation to the area. Local participation should also be encouraged to ensure sustainability of such development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Association for Tourism Development in Nigeria
Copyright: © 2016 Okpoko et al.
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