If you’ve been to the Lekki leisure lake, then you also need to visit the Lekki Conservation Centre. The Lekki Conservation centre is one of the best natural reserves in Nigeria. The Lekki Conservation centre is located on Km 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway, on the right just after the Chevron roundabout before the second toll gate heading away from the City Centre (Victoria Island) towards Epe. With that short description, you should know how to get to Lekki Conservation Centre.
This nature hub covers a land area of 78 hectares. The 21-year-old conservation centre is run and managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). The reason for this foundation is to set aside a natural habitat for plants, and animals as urbanisation have led to the encroachment of areas meant for these animals and plants.
If you appreciate nature or adventure and are in a limbo as to where to take your partner or lover to, we recommend the LCC.
Here are 5 fun activities to do should you visit the Lekki Conservation Centre.
Go on the Canopy Walk
The Lekki Conservation Centre canopy walkway is a scenic attraction and the longest in Africa. The 401- meter canopy walkway is an engineering feat and an amazing suspended swinging bridge walkway through the vegetation types that characterise the nature park. With entry and exit portals that connect six towers, it treats visitors to a unique and unforgettable experience. Visitors get to explore the park and get a bird’s eye view of the various habitat types as they sight the unique wildlife that inhabits the Lekki Conservation Centre.
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Just so you know, the climb is not for the timid; for only the brave and fearless climb the longest canopy walkway in Africa. Climbing this bridge will sure bring out the other side of you, especially if you’re a lady. While climbing, take precaution to stay close to other climbers and avoid looking down if you’re scared of heights. To enjoy this enthralling and 100% safe climb, you have to pay an extra thousand naira in addition to the one thousand naira Lekki conservation centre entrance fee. If it starts to rain, you wouldn’t be allowed access to the bridge.
Want to see the crocodile spotted at the swamp area of the LCC or a 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. 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.
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Play the Floor Board Games
You can play chess and other games at the reserve. The chessboard just like the Snake and ladder board as well as the Ludo board is designed on the floor with big pieces or dice. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a novice at these games, just play it for the fun and for the colossal size. That is the excitement.
Trail Nature in the Park
Swing on the vines like Tarzan or George of the jungle, climb up on the tree house way up to the jungle canopy, or just explore and wander about in the Lekki Conservation Centre. The 2-km bridge in the reserve offers excellent nature walks and bird watching opportunities. At the same time, you will find different species of plants. With N1,000 you can wander and explore the Lekki Conservation Centre while holding hands with your lover, friend or family. Want to have a fantastic day out, then go explore the LCC.
Also make sure to visit these places in the Lekki Conservation centre: Tree House, Nature Station, Bird Hide, Swamp Lookout Station, Rotunda, 96-Seater Gazebos, 6 and 8-seater Family Huts, Floor Games (Ludo, Snake and Ladder, Draught, Chess and Street Tennis), Koi & Tilapia ponds, Beach Volleyball courts & Spectators’ pavilion, Barbecue joints, Jungle gym facilities (Zip Lines, monkey bars).
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Picnic or Have an Alone Time at the Various Sheds
This family park is a world-class picnic haven and offers nature walks, picnic & sporting facilities. The mini huts made of raffia is a cool place to relax, rejuvenate, and recover your strength. At these mini huts which number over eight, you can have a picnic or an alone time with your partner. Under these mini huts, you will not miss the warmth of the breeze. You could even decide to move your carnival down to the Lekki Conservation Centre.
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Useful tips to note when planning your visit to the Lekki Conservation Centre: if you plan to go during the rainy season, be prepared to get your feet wet because of the mini moody walkways. Wear comfy footwear (like sandals, trainers, plimsolls) not slippers or heels especially if you want to get on the canopy. Go with refreshments, take snacks along as there is no tuck shop to buy from. Keep your food safe from the monkeys except you have them in excess to share. It is better to keep the food until during the field games section, hold a carrier bag. Go with a nice camera or a fantastic camera phone. The Lekki Conservation Centre gate fee for adults is a thousand naira, for children between ages 1-10, it is two hundred naira and for teens between 11-17 years it three hundred Naira. Canopy walkway costs a thousand naira excluding entry fee, only visitors within the 14 -65 age range are allowed on the Canopy Walkway.
Do have a nice park adventure!