About our trip to the Lekki Conservation Center (LCC)

Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) is one of the top destinations to visit in Lagos and we had made plans to visit someday. After weeks of planning We settled for a weekend in March, 2019.
We had agreed to meet up at the popular CMS bus stop at about 10am, but as Lagos traffic would have it, we left by past 11am instead from the bus stop where we boarded a bus headed for Ajah (at N200 per person). From the Lekki toll gate, the journey was traffic free and in less than 14 minutes, we had arrived our bus stop (Chevron) from where we saw the Conservation Centre toll sign post.

We here !!!

Approaching the entrance, we met so many cars parked on both sides of the road leading towards the place. One of us actually thought we are about to gate crash a wedding 😳. The rest of us hoped she was wrong. Fortunately, she was πŸ€—. They were just vehicles of those who drove and are inside the facility.

Mental note: If you’re not a crowd person, visiting LCC on weekends isn’t advisable.

We proceeded to purchase our ticets from the ticketing officer. Each adult pays an entrance fee of N1000 to access any facility in the centre except for the canopy walk. You’ll have to pay another thousand (N1000) for that. Since the canopyplans walk was in our plans, we paid a total of N6000 for the three of us. And here’s where our adventure started.

Buckle up amigo 😎

Instead of rushing to join the tour guide taking the new comers on a tour of the place, we decided to do it our way. Slow and steady.

Let us tell you a bit about this place

About LCC

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 http://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 their cruise lol. One came down to meet us, but was disappointed when we didnt have ‘anything for the boys‘ πŸ˜‚

The day was very sunny and this made the green vegetation and pathway 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.

After about 16 minutes of going walking the trail, we approached the canopy walkway which we can say is the highest point of visit for anyone coming here. This 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. Why? 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.

Capisce?

Now it was our turn to climb the bridge, 😬

Nobody wanted to go first πŸ˜‚πŸ€£
Ah finally!

We initially thought it’ll be an easy walk but it wasnt. The tension we get from the dangling bridge, the funny thoughts that come into our heads and the taunting from each other made the walk scarier and fun at the same time.

Some were tired 😫
Others excited 😊
Right at the center of the canopy walk

We arrived the family park after about the 30 minutes experience on the walkway. The entrance to the family park is something one can’t resist to stand to admire and take few shots. We actually took many, lol.

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We met several board games which includes Draft, Chess, Snake and ladder, Ludo, etc. and had lil fun on them πŸ₯³

By now, everyone was exasperated and needed a break. We took shade under one of th trees and had our lunch before we continued with our tour.

After our break, we left for the rest of what the park had for us. And the next we met was the Tilapia and Koi ponds.

Fishes in the tilapia pond

We also tried out the Jungle gym facilities (Zip Lines, monkey bars, etc) to have a feel of those too.

It was 3:49pm and we had to cut short exploring other parts of the park (i.e. picnic grounds, rotunda, food court gazebos,etc) and start heading back home, before the traffic gets serious to get through. You can decide to take the canopy walk back if your liver is a strong one lol 😁 . We took the wooden trail alternative so we could have a swing at the last thing to do before we run home. 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. Looking at it you’ll notice 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 there was a crowd there when we got there . Waiting for our turn meant sleeping in traffic that day and that’s something we weren’t even thinking of πŸ˜”.

The treehouse

We hurried our steps out until we got out of the centre. Lagos reality hits you when you approach the expressway (to find your way home) and you’re greeted by the noise and air of Eko which resets you to default settings πŸ€• . But before we left, we still took some more pictures lol.

We must commend the Nigerian Conservation Foundation for the incredible job they’re doing here in the LCC. Not just here in Lagos, 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 its wild, a good retreat location, couple’s date destination, excursion point for groups/schools, music video shoots and finally for pre-wedding shoots .

They accept several endangered and rare animals from the public for preservation in their parks all over the country, so fellow Nigerians, you can reach out to any of the park closest to you (by checking the list here) and support the preservation of our wildlife for the future.

P.s: LCC is opened 8:30am and closes 5:00pm everyday, all year. That’s it on our visit to the Lekki Conservation Center 😊 and we hope you enjoyed it. Have you been there before or planning to? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Ciao!

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