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A Review of The Beautiful Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos

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 entrance of the Lekki Conservation Centre which is a flagship of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi

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…

The Dadawa/Parkia Tree that houses the 32-feet high Tree House. The tree house was out of use when we visited on 31st December 2015. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
The 2 kilometre wooden trail boardwalk snakes through the east and western axis of the forest reserve. Inset is yours truly, Remi Odunsi. Photo Credit: Saskia Trepman.
The colorful peacocks adorn the entrance of the centre. Here one of the peacocks displayed its full beauty. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
Saskia Trepman plays with one of the monkeys. Photo Credit: Yemi Silas.
A large tortoise quietly chews away. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
A monkey plays at the rest point along the wooden trail boardwalk while visitors snaps away. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
The take-off point of the 401-metre long canopy walkway. Inset is the security personnel and the able guide, Mr. Hillary. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
Some group of visitors walk down the canopy walkway to one of the towers. The walkway have four tower points that connects the canopies together and can accommodate maximum of six persons at a time. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi.
The bold and beautiful Sakia Trepman pose for a snapshot on the swinging canopy walkway. Photo Credit: Yemi Silas
Yemi Silas and Saskia Trepman take a break on one of the four towers between the canopy walkways. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
Saskia Trepman and Yemi Silas the photo-bombers. Photo Credit: Yomi Odunsi
An Asian family playing at one of the several facilities at the jungle gym. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
The colorful and exotic Koi fishes at the centre’s fish pond. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
Yemi Silas and Yomi Odunsi plays a draught game at the Centre’s floor game area. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
A beautiful peacock displays its colorful feathers. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
One of several relaxation points at the centre. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
The Koi fish pond. Photo Credit: Remi Odunsi
The Crew; Remi Odunsi, Yomi Odunsi, Saskia Trepman and Yemi Silas (L-R)
The Team (L-R); Remi Odunsi, Yomi Odunsi, Saskia Trepman and Yemi Silas

There you have the review, details and pictures of the beautiful Lekki Conservation Centre.

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