The Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) is revered as one of the best nature reserves in Africa. Chevron Corporation built it in 1990 for the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), a non-governmental organization dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria.
According to NCF, “LCC is a model for [the] promotion of environmental education and public awareness/understanding of the natural world due to the rapidly increasing threats to the natural environment.”
LCC covers 78 hectares of land and boasts abundant greenery, palm trees and swamps. Enclosed in the reserve is an array of monkeys, crocodiles, snakes and birds.
One of the most popular features in the reserve is the 401-metre long canopy walkway, the longest canopy walkway in Africa. The canopy walkway is suspended 22 feet above the ground. Treading the walkway offers a 360-degree view of the reserve.
There are other interesting places in the Lekki Conservation Centre, which includes a bird hide, a 96-seater gazebo, a 130-seater rotunda, floor games (Ludo, snakes and ladders, draught, chess and street tennis), tree house, nature station, koi and tilapia ponds, family huts, swamp lookout station, barbecue joints, jungle gym, and beach volleyball courts. There is also a library.
Some have said that it is best to visit the reserve during the dry season because some parts of the reserve during the rainy season can become waterlogged. Also, climbing the walkway during the rainy period can be dangerous as it becomes slippery.
The Lekki Conservation Centre is located at kilometre 19 along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Penninsula II, Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State. It is open every day from 8:30 am to 5 pm, including weekends and public holidays. The entrance fee for adults is 1000 naira. The fee for children between 1 and 10 is 200 naira while the fee for children between 11 and 17 is 300 naira.
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Uzoma Ihejirika is a Nigerian creative writer and journalist. He is an editor for the AfroAnthology Series and a copy editor for Minority Africa and has written for Open Country Mag. He has a short story on Lolwe.