Since I live in Lagos, it was only right that I started my tourist life here. So after some research, I decided to start with Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC).
Lekki Conservation Centre is a conservation project site which is dedicated to preserving and protecting wildlife and nature. It is situated in the Eti-Osa local government area of Lekki, Lagos state.
It is about 75 hectares and managed by chevron.
So after choosing this place, I dragged a friend along with me and off we went to be one with nature. We were supposed to leave early so we could see the crocodiles. Apparently they come out when they want which is usually early in the mornings or in the evenings. Of course we were late and didn’t get there till it was past noon.
When we got there, we were asked to fill a book with our names, time in, purpose of visit, how many people are visiting etc. I suppose this is their way of monitoring everyone who comes into the place and how many visitors they get daily. The security guard was quite friendly, and told us what to do since it was our first visit. At this junction I must say forgive my poor camera skills, I’m still learning.
The entrance gate taken from the inside. When you step in, the first thing you notice is how quiet and serene the place is, it’s almost as if you’re no longer in Lagos. We were greeted by a peacock and a turtle.
We had to go into the cone like building to pay, and in this building there are pictures of endangered animals and plants, and also people who have contributed to the project. It is also an auditorium for lectures, conferences or seminars.
You can see NCF written on the grass even though it needs some love and care. NCF stands for Nigerian Conservation Foundation. The body which the LCC project falls under.
We saw a sign on the board saying the grasslands were closed, which was disappointing. But we didn’t let it dampen our mood.
So off we went to see some animals or at least get some exercise out of it. lol. At the beginning of the trail, there’s a sign which shows the various sections of the park, their rules and opening times.
No 6 really cracked me up. Not sure if you can see what it says, but it states ‘Crocodile pool – swimming is prohibited. Survivor(s) will be prosecuted‘. In other words its a lose-lose situation.
The bust is of the founder and life president of the NCF. The plaque on it was unveiled on his 90th birthday.
There are signs everywhere (although dusty and sometimes unclear), showing where you’re heading to, or what can be found in each section
Can you see the mona monkey? They really freaked me out, they kept following us around.
This peacock decided to leave its friends and join us on our hike.