The Lekki Conservation Centre is a plant and animal protection program that started as a joint initiative between the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and the now-defunct Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative.
Lekki Conservation Centre sits on 190 acres of land bordered by the Lekki Lagoon. The program began in 1990 as a way to preserve and protect Nigerian endangered species from going extinct. The Lekki Conservation Centre is a good location to stop by if you’re looking to slip away from the nonstop bustle of Lagos.
The Lekki Conservation Centre is located at Km 19 Lekki – Epe Expressway, Lekki Peninsula II, Lekki, Lagos State.
In case you’re planning on visiting this beautiful nature reserve, this article will serve as a guide to make your visit a fun-filled one.
Continue reading below to find out everything you need to know about visiting the Lekki Conservation Centre, including activities to engage in while at the reserve, such as going on the canopy walkway, life-sized board games, sightseeing, picnics and the trail walk. There is an on-site tour guide to show you around.
The Lekki Conservation Centre is open every day of the year between 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
When to visit
The dry season is best suited for a visit to this nature reserve. The period between October to March when there is minimal or no rain is the most suitable time to drop by. Don’t let the rainy season stop you from having fun though, but prepare to get a bit dirty as a result of the paths that get muddy in rainy season. Due to safety concerns, the canopy walkway is inaccessible to tourists when it is raining.
The entry fee to Lekki Conservation Centre is 1,000 naira per adult. Kids aged 10 and below are charged 200 naira while 300 naira is the cost for children from the age of 11 to 17. It costs an additional fee of 1000 naira for the canopy walk.
How to dress
The weather in Nigeria is pretty predictable bar the rainy season. When visiting the Lekki Conservation Centre, it is advisable to wear weather-appropriate clothes; tees and shorts during the dry season and windbreakers, hoodies or sweaters in the green season (don’t forget your umbrellas!). Since the temperature is mostly warm in the dry season, it is best to wear light clothing. Also, remember to wear comfy shoes, that means no heels for the ladies! A pair of sunglasses or a cap will come in handy as well.
What to bring along?
There’s an area designated for picnics, so you can bring some food and drinks along in a picnic basket. Entry to the picnic area is free. It is advisable to get your snacks or drinks beforehand off-premises as there is no food vendor on site. Make sure your phone is fully charged as there are loads of beautiful things to snap.
Activities to engage in at the Lekki Conservation Centre
Go across the Canopy Walkway
Put simply, a canopy walk is a pedestrian bridge across a blanket of trees. The Lekki Conservation Centre boasts the longest canopy walk in the whole of Africa. The walkway is over 22 feet off the ground and 400 metres long! From the canopy walkway, there’s a scenic view of the park. This would definitely be a thrilling and unforgettable experience for you. A fee of 1000 naira per head is charged to go across the walkway. The adrenaline rush you’ll get thereafter makes this money well worth it!
Get in touch with nature
Monkeys, crocodiles, a variety of snakes and various colourful birds are some of the animals you’ll encounter at the nature reserve. Other animals found at the reserve include mongooses, squirrels, hogs, chameleons and bush rats. Pictures of these animals will make for a beautiful phone wallpaper, so snap away!
Bored? Play Board Games!
There are big board games with giant pieces designed on the floor. Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and Chess are the almost life-sized board games you get to play. The chess pieces could also be repurposed for a game of draughts or checkers. Why not have a go at any game that takes your fancy?
Go on the Trail Boardwalk
There is a boardwalk, an elevated wooden walkway, across the swamp in the Lekki Conservation Centre. The trail was built in 1992 to encourage tourists to explore and experience nature. If you want some quiet time alone, go on the trail boardwalk while taking in the beautiful sights of nature in its very essence.
Three is a crowd in the Treehouse
Take your partner’s hand and climb up the wooden ladder steps that lead to the treehouse. There is a panoramic view of the park and all it encompasses from the quaint treehouse above. The view from here is quite special!
Plan a picnic
Contemplating on where to visit? Lekki Conservation Centre is a venue for families to spend time together, for friends to catch-up and for lovers to discover nature together. It’s a nice idea to come with food and a picnic basket. What better way to cap it all off but by eating a good meal?