Located along Lekki-Epe expressway, Lekki Conservation Centre covers an estimated 78 hectares of land. The centre, which is run and managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), with support from the Lagos state government, was built by Chevron Corporation in 1990.
I visited the park for the first time on Saturday, Feb 29th, along with two of my siblings.
The park is beautiful, serene and picturesque. It’s a place to be if you want to experience nature or commune with trees and bushes, or relax and catch a breath of fresh air.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN VISITING THE PARK:
The park’s major attraction is the canopy walk, which is reputedly the longest in Africa and the second longest in the world. It’s a suspended swinging bridge walkway connected to six towers and stretched 401-metre across the jungle. With just N1000 you can savour the beauty of nature from over 22 feet above treetops.
There’s a family park with small and large gazebos that’s ideal for picnics, family day out, group excursion, lovers hangout, etc. Also, you can get all kinds of drinks, grilled chicken, shawarma and suya at the family park.
There are human side chess, draught and ludo board games designed on the floor to make your visit even more fun and memorable.
There’s a 21-metre high treehouse, a fish pond and wild animals.
The park opens at 8:30 am and closes at 5:30 pm.
Entry fee cost N1,000 for adults, N300 for students and N200 for children.
HOWEVER, WE WERE DISAPPOINTED TO FIND:
The treehouse is no longer functional. It has been abandoned since only God knows when.
We couldn’t play any of the games as the chess pieces were ruined and the ludo and draught seeds were nowhere to be found.
The fish pond is there but the fishes are gone.
We didn’t see any other animal other than monkeys. Like, where did all the animals go?
While the canopy walk was fun, we were unprepared for the long walk in the wooden trail that leads to the canopy walk and Family Park. It was quite a distance. And the one-way to and fro didn’t make it any easier.
The guilds didn’t resume until 2 pm, even though the official resumption time is 8:30. We got there before 1 pm and had to wait for over an hour.
We didn’t spend much time at the family park, because with no games, and since we weren’t having a picnic, there was little or nothing to do.
All in all, we didn’t quite enjoy our visit. However, there is a notice that the park will be close for a month due to maintenance. Hopefully, they will put things back in shape, so people can once again enjoy their visits.
Have you been to Lekki conservation centre? What was your experience like? Please share with me in the comment section. Thank you!