Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria has a 401-metre-long canopy walkway which is referred to as the longest canopy walkway in Africa. The Canopy Walkway was launched in 2015 by 13 Nigerians and supervised by two Canadians. The 21-year-old walkway is a quite intriguing climb and is 100% safe too. The only time visitors and tourists are not allowed access to the bridge is when it is raining. It is a nature reserve in Lagos. Besides, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lagos and Nigeria at large. LCC is managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. Experience at Lekki Conversation Centre differs from person to person. Some prefer to go on the canopy walkway (which is an additional fee of ₦1,000) for adult while the walkway to the garden takes about 15 minutes from the entrance. People who are acrophobic are advised not to climb the bridge. Lekki Conservation Centre has a tree house, nature station, bird hide, swamp look-out 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 volley-ball courts & Spectators’ pavilion, barbecue joints, serene and secure environment.
Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) was established in 1990 by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). Since then, the Conservation Centre has grown to become one of Africa's prominent and most-diverse urban Nature Parks as a result of its richness in high species.
The Lekki Conservation Centre is located in the coastal region measuring an approximate land area of 78 hectares, expanding from kilometer 19 along the Lagos-Epe Expressway and terminating at a very close distance to the Atlantic Ocean near Okun Ibeju Village, Eti-Osa Local Government Area in the Eastern district of Lagos State. The Nature Park is situated immediately after Chevron, before the 2nd Lekki Toll Gate hand covers a land area of 78 hectares. The conservation centre is run and managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF).
The sole aim for the establishment of this conservation centre is to set aside a natural habitat for plants, and animals as urbanization has led to the intrusion of areas originally meant for these plants and animals.
The conservation centre has been widely complimented as an image of nature conservation and pearl of ecotourism. Lekki Conservation Centre portrays the flagship project of Nigerian Conservation Foundation for the preservation of the unique biodiversity, natural, scenic, scientific and recreational values of the coastal surroundings of the southwestern part of Nigeria, thus, It is one of the best urban parks to satisfy visitors’ curiosity about nature.
Lekki Conservation Centre is the only actively protected area in Lagos State and one of the very few vibrant tourist destinations of repute of the state. It has therefore been recognized as one of the outstanding locations and Monuments of special interest and distinguished relevance by the Lagos State Government under the listed sites for the preservation, protection and restoration of historical properties and cultural heritage in Lagos State and for related objectives.
Being a Nature Resource Centre, the Lekki Conservation Centre is a model for promotion of environmental studies and public consciousness and comprehension of the natural world because of the rapidly increasing danger to the natural ecosystem, the necessity to curb the increasing loss of the natural environment and the associated possible drastic repercussion for the world as well as the interest for the future conduct, welfare, bliss and survival of humanity in the globe.
Through the Lekki Conservation Centre, Nigerian Conservation Foundation intends to showcase that wildlife is integral to the ecosystems on which people rely for their survival and that we can ensure that the world's wildlife has the space and resources it needs to thrive in harmony with human beings .
Lekki Conservation Centre is a hidden treasure awaiting the exploration of tourists. It is recommended to go early in the day to be able to fully explore and enjoy all the beauty of the conservation centre to the optimum level.
The most appropriate time to visit the conservation centre is during the dry season which is from the month of October to March. This period is absolutely the best time to visit the nature park. Within this time, visitors and tourists are sure to enjoy the best of nature during their visit to Lekki conservation centre by exploring its rich flora and fauna as well as thrilling scenes.
Lekki Conservation Centre is opens daily day from 8:30AM including weekends and public holidays and closes at 4:30PM.
The conservation and relaxation centre is a scenic area that offers a tranquil escape from every day life in the busy city of Lagos where it is located.
As a nature reserve visitor or tourist, it is advised to wear light clothes. A long sleeve will be best due to the ubiquitousness of mosquitoes and other insects during wall on either the bridge or straight to the garden in Lekki Conservation Centre.
Tickets are advised to booked before coming; where you will select the visitation time and this can take place on the official website of Nigerian Conservation Centre (NCF). For enquiries, you can call the following official lines: +234 909 546 0479, +234 812 755 6291 or send email to: lcc ncfnigeria.org
Booking takes place only on the LCC Website and it has range for entrance fees.
Visitors and tourist to the nature park will get to view wildlife ranging from monkeys, to the beautiful Peacocks, crocodiles, snakes and other wild animals. In addition, they will find different specie of plants as well. With only #1,000 visitors can wander and explore the Lekki Conservation Centre seamlessly.
Because the Lekki Conservation Centre is situated along Lekki- Epe Expressway which is opposite Chevron Estate, intending visitors and tourists to the nature park can get a taxi straight to chevron bus stop from any part of Lagos and take a short walk to the nature park .
Alternatively, visitors can get to Lekki conservation centre by making use intrastate city bus en route to Obalende or CMS then board another bus heading to Lekki/Ajah and alight at Chevron Bus Stop. From this bus stop, they can then trek to the Consevation Center nature park which just a short distance away.
The Lekki Conservation Centre has an amazing 401 metre long canopy walkway which is a beautiful attraction notable to be the longest canopy walkway in Africa. It is an engineering construction with an amazing suspended swinging bridge walkway through the mosaic of different tyypes of vegetation distinguishing the Conservation Centre Nature Park. It also has the entrance and exit gates linking 6 towers treating visitors to unique and unforgettable experience and opportunity to explore the Conservation Centre and get a bird's eye/panoramic picture of the Nature Park's diverse types of unique wildlife that inhabit the Lekki Conservation Centre.
Lekki Conservation Centre has real unique features which makes it quite outstanding. Some of these features include:
- The 2-km board offers excellent nature walks and bird watching opportunities
- Family Park; A world-class picnic haven and offers nature walks, picnic & sporting installation
- Tree House
- Nature Station
- Bird Hide
- Swamp Look-out Station
- Rotunda/Round House
- 96-Seater Gazebos
- 6- and 8-seater Family Huts
- Floor Games such as Ludo, Snake and Ladder, Draught, Chess as well as Street Tennis
- Koi & Tilapia ponds
- Beach Volley-ball courts & Spectators’ pavilion
- Barbecue joints
- Jungle gym facilities like Zip Lines, monkey bars and the rest
- Serene and secure surrounding
There are a lot of things visitors or tourists can do in Lekki Conservation Park. Some of them include:
- Have A Picnic Or Enjoy A Lone Time
The shed in the conservation centre made of raffia is a serene place to unwind, rejuvenate, and recover one's potentials. At these sheds which is over eight in number, visitors can have a picnic or a lone time with their partner or friends. Also, under these sheds, visitors will not miss the warmth of the breeze of the vicinity.
- See The Famous Giant Tortoise
The Lekki Conservation Centre is the place to see renowned the 95-year-old tortoise. The turtle roam freely and leisurely in its space as very slow pace. This makes it possible for visitors and tourists to take pictures with it. Visitors and tourists will feel the strong and powerful shell of the tortoise that is if they are lucky that it comes out during the time your visit because it is a pleasant sight to view.
- Play The Chess Game
When visitors or tourists are done with the intriguing climb of the Canopy walkway, they can play Chess as well as other games too. The chessboard is patterned on a floor with 16 big pieces. It is not really important if the visitor can play chess because it is placed there just it for the fun of it. That makes it an exciting experience also. However, any body that checkmates is the real winner but it is gentlemanly for the men to allow your ladies to win the Chess game.
Fees and permitsEdit
Admission and tickets are as follows (as of June 2021):
- Adults ₦1,000
- Children (1–10 years) ₦200
- Children (11-17) ₦300
Canopy walkway (for ages 14 – 65 years):
- Per head (excluding entry fee) ₦1,000
- Not more than 30 individuals ₦25,000
Note: these prices are under review, so they might change soon.
Eat & drinkEdit
At the garden, about 15 minutes away from the ticketing and departure stand. Different kind of food and drinks are sold there. Roasted meat and chicken, soft drinks, energy drinks, coconut and lot more are being sold at the garden.
Besides, people who want to have a get-together or picnics also make use of the garden, they are allowed to being in their own food and drinks.
COVID-19 prototols are observed. The use of nosemask is compulsory at the entrance till one reaches the garden.
The 401-metre-long canopy walkway is a quite enthralling climb and is 100% safe and as a precaution, individuals climbing the canopy walkway don't have look down to avoid depth phobia.
In the event where visitors or tourists visit the Lekki Conservation Centre during the rainy season, they should endeavour to have foot-wears ideal for rainy season for their safety.