A GUIDE TO Visiting Lekki Conservation Centre

Lekki Conservation Centre is a gem in Lagos State. It is a gem that I frankly believe needs to be promoted more but I do have my reservations and concerns (See my full review and travel tips for visiting at the end of this post). This conversation centre was established in 1990 by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. The centre covers a land of approx. 78 hectares and is located along the Lagos-Epe expressway. I went to visit on a sunday afternoon and below is my visual diary. Don’t forget to watch my short VLOG on my trip here.

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Arriving….

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Keeping my eye on multiple monkeys

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The trail begins

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Hey beautiful!

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Arriving at the main attraction (Africa longest canopy walkway)

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Arriving at the main attraction (Africa longest canopy walkway)

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Walking on the impressive walkway…If you’re afraid of heights, DO NOT DO THIS (It is not compulsory, there is an alternative walkway on land)

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Checking out the picnic area

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Human-size board games anyone?

IMG_0155One of the fish ponds

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This one sure knows how to show off

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What did I like: The trail especially the canopy walk (which is a must for an extra N1000). The area was well maintained.

What didn’t I like: The fact that I didn’t see many animals. I was told that many animals tend to make appearances early in the morning and late at night. But given the nature park isn’t open to the public during those times, the public never really gets to see many other animals.

What got me confused: If the park is home to black mambas and the likes, safety would be an issue, no? (I got the feeling there were probably no dangerous animals on site.

What could be better?: Better signage. It would have been easy to miss the picnic area and fish pond if we didn’t ask.

Animals I actually saw: Monkeys (at one point, I felt we humans were the minority), fishes, squirrel, peacock, tortoises.

Who should visit (for what?): Day out, picnic with friends, family day out.

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Ensure to do the canopy walk (It is what makes the conservation centre what it is, its an additional costs but worth it)
  • Ensure to have a guide with you if you are interested in learning more about the park (they seem in short supply)
  • Bring along your own drinks and food because the heat can be intense
  • DO NOT WEAR HEELS (I saw a lady wearing heels, she had to take them off to walk the across the canopy walkway…It is not that kind of event)
  • There is only one way in and one way out so the further you walk is the same distance you have to walk back.

Hope you enjoyed my review of the Lekki Conservation Centre. Have you been there before? What were your thoughts?

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