We planned going to the Lekki Conservation Center and finally, we were doing it!
We settled for a weekend and on that day (Saturday, 24th May 2019), we met at the popular CMS bus stop and from there, boarded a bus headed for Ajah (at N200 per person).
In less than 14 minutes, we had arrived our bus stop (Chevron) from where we saw the Conservation Center toll sign post.
Approaching the entrance, we met so many cars parked at the entrance. One of us actually thought we are about to gate crash a wedding or some sort of ceremony that’s attracting such crowd with cars.
Fortunately, she was wrong 😋
The cars represented the number of folks who drove down to see the place like we came to.
Mental note: If you’re not a crowd person, visiting LCC on weekends isn’t advisable.
We proceeded to purchase our tickets from the ticketing officer. Each adult pays an entrance fee of N1000 to access any facility in the center except for the canopy walk. You’ll have to pay another thousand (N1000) for that (I.e. N2000 to have full access to all LCC facilities). And the park is usually opened 7 days a week between 8.30 am – 5.30 pm.
Since the canopy walk was in our plans, we paid a total of N6000 for the three of us. And here’s where our adventure started.
Before we dive in, let us tell you a bit about the conservation center
The Lekki Conservation Centre was established in 1990 by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and is located in the coastal environs covering an approximate land area of 78 hectares, extending from kilometer 19 along the Lagos-Epe Expressway and ends up a very close distance to the Atlantic Ocean near Okun Ibeju Village, Eti-Osa Local Government Area in the Eastern district of Lagos State. It represents the flagship project of NCF for the preservation of the unique biodiversity, scenic, natural, scientific and recreational values of the coastal environs of the south-western Nigeria.
It is the only vibrant protected area in Lagos State and one of the very few vibrant tourist destinations of repute in Lagos and has thus been recognized as one of the notable Sites/Monuments of special interest and exceptional relevance by the Lagos State Government under the LISTED SITES for the preservation, protection and restoration of historical properties and cultural heritage in Lagos State and for connected purposes.
(culled from www.ncfnigeria.org)
Back to our tour 😉
We entered the nature park through the nature trail, which serves as the path between the Administrative area and the family park on the other end (2km in length). On our way, we met some monkeys that were swinging from tree to tree, catching cruise. One came down to meet us, but was disappointed when we didnt have anything for them 😂
The day was very sunny and this made the green vegetation and pathway so beautiful. Breathing fresh air and experiencing quiet is a luxury here in Lagos so we didn’t mess with the opportunity the nature park afforded us today.
After 16 minutes of walking through the park using the trail, we approached the canopy walkway which was the highest point of our visit to the center.
The canopy walkway is 401 metres long and the longest in Africa. It is an engineering feat and an amazing suspended swinging bridge walkway through the mosaic of vegetation types characterizing the LCC Nature Park.
Only those between the ages of 15 – 65 can be allowed to use the walkway.
it is quite a scary walkway, lol.
it consists of 6 bridges joined to different platforms in-between them. the first three bridges keep elevating as you walk on them, till you get to the 4th one where its a level bridge. Afterwards, its a journey back to level ground.
Another mental note: If you have phobia for heights, the canopy walk isn’t for you. please, don’t listen to those village people pushing you to overcome your fears 😂. Just continue on the nature trail and you’ll still arrive on the other side of the park, just like the person who took the canopy walk.
We arrived the family park after a 32 minute experience on the walkway. The entrance to the park is something one can’t resist to stand and take few shots.
We actually took many, lol.
We saw the several live sized board games such as Chess, Snake and ladder, Ludo, etc. and had little fun on them. By now, everyone was exasperated from the canopy’s long walk and the scorching sun wasn’t helping. So we settled under a tree and took our lunch and a brief rest.
We left for the rest of what the park had for us. And the next we met were the ponds. Our most interest was in the Tilapia pond because it had more activity in it with differnt variant of tilapia fishes. The koi pond wasn’t so active tho.
We tried on a few things before leaving the family park as it was getting late
It was getting late and we had to cut short exploring other parts of the park and start heading back home. You can decide to take the canopy walk back to the nature trail if your liver is strong. We took the wooden trail alternative so we could have a swing at the last thing to do before we leave. And that was the treehouse.
The treehouse is one of the unique attractive spots of the park. It was constructed on a huge tree which its major branch at the top rests on another tree. We’re guessing the supporting tree was planted there by the park or they discovered them that way and thought of a house at the top. Either way, the treehouse is wonderful and fun. Except that we couldn’t climb it as we met a crowd when we got there 😔
We have to commend the Nigerian Conservation Foundation for the incredible job they’re doing here in the LCC. Not just in Lagos alone, as they’re responsible for preservation of areas dedicated for conservation and endangered animals too.
The lekki conservation centre is a getaway spot to enjoy nature in it’s pure state which could serve as a good retreat location, couple’s date destination, excursion site for groups/schools, music video or photo shoots, etc.
The Nigerian Conservation Fund accept several endangered and rare animals from the public for preservation in their parks all over the country, so you can reach out to any of the park closest to you (by checking the list on www.ncfnigeria.org) and support the preservation of our wildlife for the future generations.
Have you been to Conservation Center before? Or you’re intending to someday? Don’t hesitate to tell us what you think in the comment box below. We’ll be waiting 😉