Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) is located at the Lekki-Epe Expressway in the Lekki Peninsula, Lagos immediately after Chevron, before the 2nd Lekki Toll Gate. The 27-year-old conservation center, which covers 78 hectares of land, is managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). The foundation ensures that the natural habitats which consists of plants and animals are not encroached by urbanization. Their goal is to encourage sustainable development and nature conservation through preserving the biodiversity, scenic, natural, scientific and recreational values of the coastal environs around the zone the center is located, the South-West of Nigeria.
CANOPY WALK EXPERIENCE
My first visit to Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) was during Nigeria Travel Week. For me, you cannot go to LCC and not go on the canopy walk. You just wasted your time visiting, in my own opinion. That is one the biggest highlights of the Center. The bridge climbing is an extra N1,000 (One Thousand Naira) which you pay with the entrance fee which is also N1,000. Only children from ages 14 years to adults age 65 years are allowed to explore the bridge. I call it a ‘Fearless Journey’ because you have to cross about 7 bridges and the higher you go, the closer you get to the blues skies and amazon trees. No matter how brave you are, and no matter how many times you climb, your heart will race with a mixture of fear and excitement.
My first ever Canopy Walk experience was at Kakum National Park, Ghana in 2011. It should be on your to-do-tourist list when you visit Ghana. It used to be the longest canopy walk in Africa before Lekki Conservation Center took over.
Last weekend, I organized a hangout at LCC for my group of female friends with Funmi of TVP Adventures. We had loads of fun climbing the bridge, the tree house and having a picnic.
TREE HOUSE CLIMBING
Another exciting activity you should do at LCC is climbing the Tree House. The tree house is quite small and can only accommodate about six (6) people. It is a good place to sit and read a book or just enjoy the beautiful nature around you.
After being a dare-devil with the canopy walk and tree climbing, you can also play some games at LCC. They have chess boards designed on a floor with 16 big pieces to play the game. Even if you are not a chess player or a checkmate champion, be like me and take pictures or selfies on the chess board floor!
Other games can be played in the sheds located at the open field at LCC. During Nigeria Travel Week, games like chess, scrabble, ludo, snakes and ladders, ten-ten, ayo and many more where played under the big shed. Football and volley ball can also be played on the open field.
ENJOY NATURE AT IT’S PEAK
If you are a nature lover by heart, you would get to see animals such as the 95 year old tortoise, the beautiful colorful peacock, swimming crocodiles, snakes, a pond with gold fishes and other animals. The tortoise slowly paces freely around the park. The peacock moves around gracefully and if you are lucky you will get to see it show off its beautiful colorful feathers. The pond with the beautiful gold fishes swimming away. The monkeys are every where from the car park, reception, trees…they could snatch your bags and stuffs, so careful hold your belongings close to your chest! You would also find different specie of plants, some that you may have never seen before. It is breath-taking be around nature in LCC.
HAVE A PICNIC
There are about eight (8) sheds made of raffia on the open field that you can have a picnic. You could also have your picnic on their cemented seats under the tree shed. Under these sheds, you will enjoy the breeze, the chatting of the birds and the climbing of monkeys as you enjoy your meal.
Lekki Conservation Center is a great place for family hangout, couple getaway, group of friends hangout, company retreat or a solo getaway. Don’t forget only children from 14 years to adults of 65 years can go on the canopy walk. As at December 2017, the entrance fee is N1,000 and an extra N1,000 to go on the canopy walk.