Lekki Conservation Centre: A Visitor’s Experience (Must Read)

Editor’s note: I know some of you have been looking for a review of the Lekki conservation centre so we bring you a review from Ademayowa Mabel Odukoya who visited the place. Have you ever felt like getting away from the fast pace city life of Lagos to a more serene and rustic environment where […]

Editor’s note: I know some of you have been looking for a review of the Lekki conservation centre so we bring you a review from Ademayowa Mabel Odukoya who visited the place.

Have you ever felt like getting away from the fast pace city life of Lagos to a more serene and rustic environment where you can experience nature in its true essence?

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Do you long to relieve your childhood days in the hinterland where you swim in cool flowing stream, climb trees to pluck fresh fruits or just listen to the birds sing? Well then, get out of the house to visit with your family this weekend and experience nature in the forested ambience of Lekki Conservation Center Lekki.

 

Located in Lekki on the Lekki-Epe Expressway in East Osa Local Government Area of Lagos, the reservation is about 10 minutes drive from the Chevron toll gate. It was founded in 1990 and ever since then it’s been a reserve for almost all extinct and endangered species. Managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, it consists of swamp and Savannah habitats. The Lekki Conservation Centre is a not profit but visitors are required to pay a token and it’s largely free for students and kids.

On a visit to the conservation center recently, I noticed an array of palm grooves that lined the entrance, they were breath taking. As I walked through the pack we noticed lovely peacocks walking so freely. We just couldn’t resist but watch in complete amazement. But I was told by the tour guides not be noisy because the animals will get scared and melt into the woods. Which eventually happened anyway. Do you blame me? I was just too carried away by the scenery

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As I got walked deeper into the deep area of the conservation,  a wooden  bridge leads you  into the forested foreground of the park where you are confronted with thick with beautiful trees on either side of the elevated wooden path raised above the earth. As you walk on the wooden path you move deep into different areas of the park.I learnt the bridge was constructed in 1992 and stretches a length of 2km.

As I walked through the wooden stilt, I could feel the familiar scent of nature. I saw reptiles of various shapes and sizes. Then there was the very huge tortoise which was one of the oldest kept species in the conservation center—I saw crocodiles and monitor lizards having a field’s day.

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As the hot pierced the trees, I could hardly feel the sun’s scorching heat due to the cool of shades of the conservation. Visitors can also have picnic at the site and there is of course a playground for children. Deep in the forested part of the conservation, I could hear monkey sound. They appeared among the trees.. Different species of monkeys, hogs, mongoose and birds have made the conservation home.

Lots of tourists were seen taking pictures and also making new friends. It was indeed an experience. I was inspired and felt relaxed. It was a time of admiring nature’s beauty.

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If you looking a place to meditate or have a quite time or just to get away from the crazy city life, you can visit alone or with family and friends,  Lekki conservation provides all the comfort. I got back an hour latter to relax in the restaurant where beautiful pictures of species and visitors adorn the wall. It was certainly an adventure worth experiencing. Get away from the city and get lost in nature’s bosom.

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Facts about Lekki Conservation Centre

Lekki Conservation Centre  is one of Nigerian Conservation Foundation foremost conservation project.  It covers a land area of 78 hectare. Administratively, LCC is situated in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State. Spread over 78 green hectares of land, this biodiversity center was founded in 1990 by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to preserve local flora and fauna in the city.

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On its grounds, labyrinths of footpaths and a 1.1-mile trail lead you between coconut trees, swamps, grasslands and other parts of the reserve. Look up to catch sight of Mona monkeys and other species swinging from tree to tree. Crocodiles and monitor lizards call the swampy marsh areas home. You’ll also find birds, mongooses, giant bush rats, hogs and other small land mammals scurrying around the property.

Climb up the 21-meter-high tree platform to take in a panoramic view of the reserve. End your tour with a stop in the cone-shaped main building where you can learn more about the endangered flora and fauna protected by the conservation centre.

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Article originally appeared on naij.com

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26 comments

  1. The history of the centre is actually an eye opener for me. I’d always thought it was a place opened recently, because most times I see pictures of the centre, the pics are wedding pics. This is one of the reasons we need to improve tourism businesses in Nigeria.
    Thanks for the exposé.

    1. Olumuyiwa George

      Hey Kofo, thanks for the comment. The place has been existing for quite a while. You know Nigerians love to turn any beautiful place into an event centre regardless of its initial purpose. You should take time to visit the place. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. The gate fee is quite affordable too.

      1. Kofoworola

        Alrighty. I’ll try to when next I’m in Lagos.

  2. Ayodeji Odudimu

    I would to know if it is open for school excursion. How much is entry fee per child? and what other side attractions can the children get.

    Thanks

    1. Sixtus

      Dear Sir, We are a group in a religious organization and we are planning to do our get-together here.
      How much will it cost us, Gate fee?
      We are Coming with our food and drinks, I hope it is allowed and won’t attract any charges?
      What are other related costs, like climbing the bamboo and other sight attractions.
      I await your prompt response.
      Sixtus

      1. naijaw6

        Hi Sixtus, thanks for contacting us. The gate fee for the Lekki conservation centre is N1000 per adult and an extra N1000 for climbing the canopy walk. I believe you will get a discount if you negotiate with the management since you will be going as a group.

  3. Mary Job

    Wow. I just found out about this place some minutes ago, i am definitely paying a visit before the holidays are over. Thanks for the review and pictures.

  4. Hayor

    I will like to do my pre-wedding shot here.. How much will it cost for an entrance fee?

    1. naijaw6

      Hello Ayo, thanks for dropping by. Last time I checked, the entrance fee was N500 for adults and free for kids but considering the economic situation, it should be N1000 or Max N1500 per adult.

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  6. Jem

    Would love to celebrate my birthday dir. How much is the gate fee ,pls?

    1. naijaw6

      Hi Jem,
      Thanks for dropping by. The entrance fee is N1000 per adult. Cheers.

  7. Marta

    1000 Naira Entrance fee

  8. Dorathy

    Good day. Pls we want to hv our Lil get2geda by next week nd. We coming as a group Pls Was the cost? Nd the ladies amongst us will be cooking too

  9. tobies

    Good day.pls I want to make enquiries on the gate fee for children of ages of13-17ages and would extra payment be made for a relaxation spot over there .

  10. Marksman

    Are visitors allowed to take pictures free, or there’s a charge for that?
    I intend to shoot a couple of pictures.

    1. naijaw6

      It’s free. You don’t have to pay,

      1. Marksman

        Thanks.

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  12. Joan ebo

    Good day,pls I’m in Lagos on holiday.how much for children gate fee

    1. naijaw6

      Hi Joan, gate fee should be around 1k for kids.

  13. Olawale

    Hi, Can i get description of this place?

  14. Vivian

    Hello
    Good day
    Please how do I get in touch with the management.

  15. Vivian

    Hello
    Good day
    Please how do I get in touch with the management.
    Thanks

    1. naijaw6

      Hi Vivian, please call >> 0906 546 0479

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