Away at the turf

When asked his mission in Nigeria by an immigration officer on his arrival at the airport, he insisted he was going to Abraka to shoot a film. Despite his doubt over what the attraction was in the university town that would make it a film location, the immigration officer stamped Andre Young, a German documentary filmmaker, into the country.

However, with the rarest rainforest, wildlife, deep river life and cultural exchange on the plains of the Delta coastline, Abraka is truly a perfect location for movies and documentaries of any theme.

Besides the university that woos those in quest of educational advancement, the main attraction in the town is the expansive Abraka Turf and Country Club. Nestled in the side of the river valley and away from the host city, the privately-owned club embodies every element of luxury lifestyle and philosophies of nature, promising to take care of the guests’ every need.

For the first-timer, nothing about the town suggests that it would have such an expansive greenness that has become Abraka’s garden. However, the overwhelming hue of greenness (a vast stretch of expansive well-manicured lawn courtesy of the natural environment), is the first thing that hits visitors on entering the turf and country club. From the reception, the feel of calmness and tranquillity of the green environment ushers visitors into a world of memorable homage to nature.

At its heart are the essential ingredients that define nature’s wellbeing and enable visitors to get the pamper of their lives. From the sunbath, a plunge in the cool blue pool, leisure boat ride on the clear emerald green river, fresh breath from the natural greens and a savannah adventure of a lifetime, the turf offers a million thrills in one stop in the Delta’s paradise.

A further stay in the club exposes one to exotic locations within such as The Savanna, for the adventure-minded, The Pier by the River Ethiope for fishing and diving, The Bar on the stable for cool and relaxing drinks, The Green Tree Stretch by the tennis

court, the BBQ Courtyard, Pedalo on the lake. Relaxation is also grand by the pool, the rooftop terrace, the Gazebo or on the Island of Lake Albert.

Other activities to be enjoyed at the club include archery, clay pigeon shooting, lawn tennis, squash, canoeing, snorkelling and also a driving range for golfers. The turf provides equestrian facilities for polo and horse riding. Classes are available for beginners and leisure riding for the experienced.

Adventuring into the jungle towards the Ethiope River is one feat the club encourages the brave to achieve while there. It is truly a journey to the wild within. A few metres away from thick wooden planks that guide the way to the trial, melodious tunes of rare birds entice you further into the jungle. The wildlife also wakes in appreciation of the visitors. Be warned – the planks could be tricky after downpours as the surface of the wood becomes slippery. But for those who could brace it to the riverbank, they would be rewarded with beautiful sight of a clear river that is worth all the trouble of trying to reach the riverbank.

After the day’s leisure activities, the turf provides good rest to guests in its well-furnished and equipped rooms shared in villas and chalets options. A seeming reward for your stay is the amazing spectacle of the tropical sunrise and sunset that can both be seen from every room. Massage showers are available, Jacuzzi baths are in select chalets, Spa baths in bungalows, while iPod docks are in all room units.

As well, early risers can enjoy the dawn chorus and delight in the sight of the graceful swoops of many birds as well as the ghost-like appearance of ponies cutting through the morning mist.

Although the turf club is open to the public, facilities at the club are enjoyed better by being a member (individual and corporate memberships). The advantage of corporate membership is that all club facilities are at your disposal.

With a unique combination of location, country club atmosphere, luxury accommodation and friendly staff, the turf welcomes you to the nature within. So, visit and enjoy a more environmentally-friendly life!

 OBINNA EMELIKE

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