If you are a nature lover and an avid adventurer like me, then I recommend visiting the Lekki Conservation Centre. In this article, I will be providing all you need to know about this amazing reserve.
The Lekki Conservation Centre, or LCC like it is fondly called is one of the best nature reserves in Nigeria. The conservation center offers a breath of fresh air and an escape from the forever buzzing city of Lagos.
The 21-year-old nature hub, which covers an area of 78 hectares, is run and managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF).
Since its establishment in 1990 by the Nigeria Conservation Foundation, the Lekki Conservation Centre has emerged to become one of Africa’s most conspicuous modern nature parks, known for its diversity.
How Do I Get To Lekki Conservation Centre?
Address: Lekki Conservation Centre Road, Lekki Phase II, Lekki, Lagos
From anywhere in Lagos, you can board a cab directly to the conservation center. All you need to do is to flag down the usual yellow taxi, or order a cab online via any of the platforms offering this kind of service.
Alternatively, you can also hike it to a bus-stop near you, and board a bus going towards either Obalende or CMS Park. This may vary depending on the part of Lagos you’re coming from. Just make sure you find your way to Obalende or CMS.
From either of these locations, you can then board a bus heading to Lekki/Ajah, stop at Chevron Bus stop and walk to the centre.
How Do I Gain Entrance?
A visit to the Lekki Conservation Centre shouldn’t cost you a fortune as the Nigerian Conservation Centre has made it relatively affordable for tourists and visitors.
Find below a list of the Entry fees at the Lekki Conservation Centre:
- Gate fee for adults – N1,000
- For children (ages 1-10) – N200
- For teens ( ages 11-17) – N300
- Walkway Trek fee – N1,000
- Canopy Walk: N1,000 per head ( This is excluding the entrance fee)
When is the Best Time To Visit Lekki Conservation Centre?
The opening hours at the Lekki Conservation Centre is between 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily – Monday through to Sunday.
The best time of the year to visit is during the dry season. This should naturally fall between November and March of every year.
However, should you visit the Lekki Conservation Centre during the rainy season, be sure to gird your feet with a comfortable footwear.
Avoid wearing slippers, heels or any footwear that may inconvinence your movement around the reserve due to wet and slippery walkways.
Fun Things To Do At Lekki Conservation Centre?
Take a walk on the Canopy Walkway
The Lekki Conservation Centre canopy walkway is a picturesque attraction and the longest in Africa. Constructed by 13 Nigerians and supervised by two Canadians, the 401m Canopy walkway launched in 2015 is not a climb for the timid.
Climbing this bridge will sure bring out the other side of you, especially if you’re a lady. With entry and exit portals that connect six towers, it treats visitors to a unique and memorable experience. Visitors get to explore the park and get an aerial view of the various habitat types.
While climbing, take precaution to stay close to other climbers and avoid looking down if you’re scared of heights.
With a token fee of 1000 Naira, you will be afforded the opportunity of taking this canopy walk, albeit taking the canopy walkway is not allowed when it’s raining. You should know that only visitors within the 14 -65 age range are allowed on the Canopy Walkway.
Play the giant chess
After a thrilling climb at the canopy walkway, you can then settle down to a game of chess and a number of other board games at the reserve.
The chess board just like the Snake and ladder board as well as the Ludo board is designed on the floor with 16 big pieces. At this point your ability to be a good player is not really paramount; just play it for the fun and laugh at the sheer size of the boards.
Picnic under the mini huts
The sheds made of raffia around the park offers a cool place to relax, rejuvenate, and recover your strength.
At these mini huts which are about eight in number, you can have a picnic or that spontaneous romantic moment with your partner. Moments under the sheds gives the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the cool breeze blowing through the park.
Play time with the animals
Want to see the crocodile spotted at the swamp area of the LCC, or the 95-year-old tortoise? The Lekki Conservation Centre is the place to be. The tortoise roams freely at a very slow pace, tourists and visitors can even take selfies with the animal.
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From Monkeys to the beautiful Peacock, crocodiles, snakes and other wild animals, you will see all these at this reserve. If you’re lucky the animals come out during your period of visit, you will have a feel of them or even feed them.
Rather than opting for a constructed background in a studio, try using the conservation centre’s natural background for your backdrop. It would be super amazing and beautiful. People would definitely inquire if you travelled to a private island.
Here’s something to capitalise on all ye book lovers. There’s something about nature’s soothing and peaceful sounds. Should I not read, I could sit there and meditate on my next action plan
Take advantage of the tree house which is a twenty-one-meter high tree platform where one can have a panoramic view of the picnic area. Who knows, you might just get inspired to pop the million dollar question.
Feast your eyes on more pictures from the Lekki conservation centre…
Written By: Ayeotan Shola