The Lekki Conservation Centre was established in 1990 as a resource centre. The centre covers a 78-hectare nature reserve and a mosaic of maturing secondary swamp forest, mangrove forest and Savannah grassland.
The resort is located on Lekki-Epe Expressway just before the second Toll Plaza (After Chevron Roundabout). Entrance fee into the centre is a token N1,000 per head and and an extra N1,000 to gain access to the newly built 401 metres long canopy walkway which is reputed to be the longest in Africa and second second longest in the World. The centre is usually opened to visitors every day of the week from 8am to 5pm.
The centre boasts of a 2 kilometer wooden trail, 401 metres long canopy walkway, floor games, fish pond with assorted colorful Koi fishes, Gazebos, Jungle Gym, 32feet high Tree House, Beach Volleyball Courts and a handful of animals (majorly monkeys, a large tortoise and some peacocks).
The suspended canopy walkway turned out to be the most fascinating facility at the centre, it is 401-metre long and 22.5 feet high at its peak. The canopy gives visitors an awesome aerial view of the forest and inspires thrills, excitement and fear depending individuals. There is a guide that leads visitors on the canopy walkway. Mr. Hillary who served as the guide on my visit did a fine job of calming frayed nerves and took his time to explain the technology, time and expertise that went into building of the canopy walkway. He informed us the canopy was built by a Canadian who handled the Obudu Cattle Ranch cable ride and the highest canopy walk in Africa located in Ghana.
While the canopy walkway is newly built and in pristine condition, other facilities at the centre such as the tree house, jungle gym and sections of the walk trail were in dilapidated conditions and needed repairs. The centre could also do with more animals. The centre also needs more publicity as most Lagos State residents and visitors are not aware of availability of such facility in the state which offers a quiet, natural and serene environment which is a sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle the state is renowned for. My friends on social media amazingly mentioned places like Zanzibar, Seychelles, Nairobi and even Arizona when i uploaded some of the pictures taken at the centre online.
The Nigerian/Lagos State government should also take it upon itself to preserve/reclaim other natural forest reserves in other parts of the country/state. This will help combat natural disasters as well as bolster revenue in the face of dwindling oil price.
Please find the pictures taken at the centre below…
There you have the review, details and pictures of the beautiful Lekki Conservation Centre.
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