This is a brief story of my Daycation Experience At Lekki Conservation Centre.
Do you remember the saying that good friends are difficult to come by? Yeah, so if you eventually find one, dear comrade does yourself a favour to keep s/he closely.
So, I called my friend and told her babe, I will be in Lagos soon and you know what? You have been working so hard, so you need to recreate a bit and refresh. Trust me, I will help you do that once I arrive.
On getting to Lagos, Nigeria, I made all the necessary arrangements and we fixed a date for the trip. It was supposed to be on a Saturday, but we rescheduled for a Sunday.
ADDRESS: The Lekki Conservation Centre is located at Km 19 Lekki – Epe Expressway, Lekki Peninsula II, Lekki, Lagos State.
Notwithstanding, I first got to my friends’ place at Ajah. After exchanging pleasantries and other chit-chat girls’ talk, we drove back to the location.
If you’re on the mainland, just find your way to Oshodi. From there you’ll see a bus or cab going straight to Lekki -Ajah. Alight @ Tipper Garage just after Chevron Traffic Lights.
But if you’re driving or using a bolt, your Google map will guide you perfectly.
OPENING HOURS: From Monday to Sunday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm all year round.
When we got there, we were welcomed by our host guide MR AYO who later handed us over to Miss VANN to show us around. We first sat down a little bit at the gazebo to observe the environment. The hut was decorated with artworks depicting the various animals that could be found at the nature reserve. We noticed a large inflow of tourists both foreigners and Nigerians. Also, there was a small seminar event going on in a small cone roof hall while on the other side was a small party and sales of tickets.
THE NATURE RESERVE
Soon, we were welcomed by a female big turtle 68 years old but we were also told that there are another bigger male 102 years. We also saw a very beautiful peacock ? majestically moving about. Monkeys could be seen jumping around everywhere. We were told snakes live there too but thank God we didn’t see any.
The Lekki Conservation Centre was established in 1990 to serve as a biodiversity conservation place and environmental education centre. It was built by the Chevron Corporation for the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), as a reserved sanctuary for the numerous plants and animals found in the Lekki Peninsula. The Chevron company has since provided annual funding for the management of the Centre. Plants and animals found in it are not to be eaten or killed by humans. Even fruits are allowed to rip and be eaten by animals or fall to the ground.
Our host guide Miss Vann took us through a long walk of about 15mins through the tree house and then led us into the canopy walkway. In our company were 2 kids of 4 years and about 2 years old. The elder one was eager to jump into the canopy walkway and explore but Hola! little miss, you can’t jump in. It’s not made for kids.
Honestly, I would have loved her to experience it since she was super energized and eager to jump in but I later realised why children are strictly prohibited to use the canopy walkway. We finally got into the canopy walkway in a group of 4 adult girls and honestly, it was a very scary experience to the point that one of the big girls named IJ even cried. LOL!
The canopy walkway has 6 levels. Levels 1 to 3 are for ascending while 4 to 6 are for descending.
The swings, danglings, height, forest birds and monkeys mopped at us while we managed to overcome our fear and step into the next level. Level 3 is the most undulating part of the journey.
The canopy walkway project was started in 2014 and was completed was in 2015.
The Lekki Conservation Centre boasts the longest canopy walk in the whole of Africa.
The walkway is over 22 feet above the ground and about 401 metres long. From the canopy walkway, there’s a scenic view of the park which is definitely thrilling and unforgettable. You will also see the Lekki buildings within the neighbourhood.
If you eventually blink an eye while atop that swinging-dangling trail, just know that you’re now a hero.
The adrenaline rush you’ll get thereafter makes the experience exhilarating and well worth it. But don’t even bother climbing you are not afraid of heights.
Also, note that you can’t use it when it is raining due to safety reasons.
There are 2 big fish ponds. They were donated by the Lagos State Government. The larger one is for Tilapia and the other is for Koi fish. The Koi fish is of Chinese origin, very colourful and attractive. It is also an expensive fish.
All the fishes in the ponds are meant to grow big reproduce and die. they are not to be sold or eaten. The ducks also feed on the smaller ones or the big ones swallow the smaller ones at times.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES
Tree House, Nature Station, Life-size board games, Gazebos, Beach Volleyball courts Barbecue joints and picnic playing grounds.
This destination is one of the best attractions to visit in Lagos State and Nigeria at large. No matter how many times you go there, it will always give you a different memorable experience although you know why you will either be in the class of people crying or you will join my team laughing at those wailing.
In case you would like to visit, book a tour with Sagetravels and we’ll take you there. Call Kristy at 08167650848 or Izik on 08135246188