The Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) is located in Lekki peninsula Lagos state. It is the flagship project of the privately funded Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) which was founded by Late Chief S. L. Edu in 1980.
The vision of the NCF as presented on their website is "A Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with nature".
LCC is a nature park, a preserved portion of Lekki peninsula in its original form comprising a mangrove swamp and a Savannah grassland located at kilometer 19 along Lagos-Epe expressway in Lagos State. It has a 2 kilometer boardwalk and a 401-meter long suspended swinging canopy walkway through the mangrove swamp and a family pack in the Savannah grassland.
The 2 kilometer boardwalk meanders through the mangrove swamp with resting spots along the boardwalk for nature and bird watching. There is a jungle of tall trees of various types forming canopies in the mangrove swamp.
The canopy walkway is said to be the longest canopy walkway in Africa. The foliage bio-diversity in the mangrove swamp is better appreciated as you walk along the canopy walkway. At the highest viewing station, the Atlantic Ocean comes into view on the southern front of the nature park. The surrounding developments could also be viewed at this level. There is a tree house within the swamp which also allows better appreciation of the foliage biodiversity at the canopy level.
The Savannah grassland has a family park with gazebos, barbecue stations, floor games and Tilapia and Koi fish ponds.
On the day we visited there were a few birds and animals. I was very impressed with the biodiversity of the nature park. It was a lot of fun going on the swinging canopy walkway and looking as far as the eyes could see above the flora canopy. Climbing the tree house was exhilarating for members of our group who were strong enough to do the vertical climb. It was also fun seeing the fish scramble for food as our tour guide fed them. I have a better appreciation for the original form of the land in the Lekki peninsula before the sand filling and the massive developments ongoing on this peninsula.
We did a few photos. It was difficult to capture the excitement of walking on the boardwalk under the foliage canopies and the suspended canopy walkway and taking in the fresh scent of the mangrove swamp and the humidity. I wished I had a long sleeve shirt on to avoid the insect bites which were expected in this setting. My long pants helped anyway! I recommend a pair of hiking shoes. Please enjoy these photos. Your feedback is welcome.
Further information could be obtained at Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC): Treasure on the Peninsula, Proud ...