I went to the Lekki Conservation Center for the very first time in June 2018, how exciting it was, memories of same would linger for a while. Lekki Conservation Center is one of the best nature reservation of forestry and wildlife in Nigeria. The park operates a natural ecosystem, the animals are not being fed or influenced.
The animals are left to survive on their own, the weak become prey to the vicious killers, you can call it the savage kingdom, of course, it is. You either kill or be killed, that’s survival in the wild and that is how the animals live in Lekki Conservation Center. The African civet, one of the animals in Lekki Conservation Center is a major predator to snakes and this explains why the 78 hectares park is not infested with snakes. Interesting right??? What lured me to the park is the canopy walk which is the Lekki Conservation Center’s major attraction and of course, forms the reason for most people’s visit to the park.
Lekki Conservation Center park has been existing way before time but it became a nature reserve in the year 1990 and it was established by the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF). Lekki Conservation Center is one of the projects under NCF which is the governing body. It’s a non-governmental charity organization dedicated to sustainable development and nature conservation. The park is endowed with an abundance of plant and animal life with walkways that enables viewing. There is also a library for educational purposes. Generally regarded as an icon of nature conservation. Lekki Conservation Center is known for the preservation of unique biodiversity, scenic, natural, scientific recreational values. Thus, it has emerged to become one of Africa’s most conspicuous modern nature parks, known for its diversity.
LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTER LOCATION:
Lekki Conservation Centre is located in an accessible area in Lagos state. its located at chevron bus stop along Lekki-Epe Expressway, before the second toll gate.
LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTER ENTRY FEE:
Lekki Conservation Gate Fee for children is between the ages of 1-10 is 200 Naira.
The entrance fee for Adults is 1,000 Naira with an extra of 1000 naira for the canopy walk.
A group made up of 30 individuals will pay a gate fee of 25,000 Naira.
OPENING HOURS AT LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTER:
The opening hours at the Lekki Conservation Center is between 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTER:
THE FAMOUS CANOPY WALK:
this is the main reason why most people visit Lekki conservation center and it’s the most exciting thing to do there. Be ready to scream out your lungs because I was screaming throughout.
The 401meters long canopy walk is the longest canopy walk in Africa and the second in the world, established in 2015, it has now become the major attraction of the park.
SIGHTSEEING AND LEARNING:
The nature reserve traverses a mosaic of vegetation types: secondary forest, swamp forest and Savanna grassland. The park is dominated by a lot of trees like steel wood for timber, monkey kola, knock (which is endangered because it on the verge of going extinct), palm tree; I also learnt the difference between oil palm used for palm oil and raffia palm used for palm wine.
Different animals like monkeys, crocodiles, snakes, monitor lizards and Several bird species can be seen here. Thus making the park a popular site for school excursions.
PLAY BOARD GAMES:
The park has gigantic board games like chess and daft. It’s so much fun. Of course, I played the chess; please don’t ask me if I won.
FAMILY PICNIC and WORK HANGOUTS:
picnic area, visitor’s center and children’s playground among the trees are all available at the park. It’s designed to accommodate a lot of group hangouts and picnics. There are lots of huts, chalets and camping space for a wonderful time with family and friends. You can also have your quiet and alone time in the park. Little wonder why the park is always crowded on Sundays.
The day I went, a company bought its staffs for a retreat. it’s a wonderful place to go for team bonding.
WORKOUTS AND DRILLING:
Lekki conversation center is wide enough for a gym day outside the gym. There are lots of wooden carved equipment use for pull-ups, climbing, jumping and balancing. it’s a good place to shed some weight. Walking around the 78 hectares’ park on the wooden walkways and the 401-meter canopy work. you will surely lose some calories.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Casual outfit is ideal. Shots are the best. It’s advisable to go with neutral colours if you’re as playful as I am. The white pants I wore did me no good.
I hope you enjoyed the post?? Share your experience below if you’ve visited Lekki conservation center, if you have not, please do so, come back and share your experience with me.