DESIRE’S WAKA || When I Actually Thought I Might Die.

Heyyyy Tribe,

Happy New Week guys! Can you feel my unwarranted excitement? I have been a bit under the weather recently. so I am trying to pump myself up consciously for the new week. For consistency and reality sake, I would have a new post up every Sunday.

In totally unrelated news, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to my friends, Neme, Obinna and Chinelo who keep supporting me, even though I have no idea what I am doing with this blog, or life in general.

I may come off as anti-fun sometimes, just because most times if it is not a movie or a restaurant, I tend to prefer staying in my house in peace. In recent times, I have been quite interested in doing other things, I would love to go to art galleries, craft markets, kayaking, parasailing, solo cross-continent travelling. All of a sudden, they seem appealing to me .

However, the first proper adventure I took on was a hilarious disaster actually. Plus, I went with these guys so you can imagine how much fun we had.

Some of my friends and I wanted to go out post-induction just to be happy, and after considering beaches and movies, we just hopped into Taxify cabs and went to Lekki Conservation Center.

Location?

It is conveniently located on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. It is basically opposite Chevron and is not difficult to locate, and Google Maps does a pretty good job too.

Fees?

When you get in, there is a seating area where you can eat and just talk in general. Entry fee per adult is 1000 Naira (for children, 500 Naira) and an extra 1000 Naira for the Canopy Walk (adults only).

There were a lot of monkeys surrounding that area, and there was this turtle (or was it a toroise?).

Guide available?

Initially, we went with a guide, I guess, but then, we lost him/her after some time. However, to be honest, it is definitely still very fun without any guide.

Food or Nah?

You can bring in your food actually. I saw a child’s ‘birthday party’ going on there, complete with cake (Must have been quite fun and affordable too!). You can also keep your food in their office for safety (from the monkeys actually).

The only food vendor I came across was a lone Suya seller, so please bring some form of food if you intend to spend a few hours there and especially if you’re always hungry like I am.

Facilities?

Honestly, this place is quite big and it can fit in a lot of people. We saw different groups of people at different points but there was no cramping, at all!

My friends literally had a football match there. I really wish I could understand the love of football.

There are a good number of seating areas inside and hut-ish things that just look very tropical. Some are small and can fit in you and bae (alone or with a few friends) and there are larger ones which can fit in your church choir if you want.

There was this random fish pond thing that didn’t have a lot of animal life in it, although we were fore-warned not to expect too many animals or anything, so, oh well.

For some reason, I really loved the life-size draught and chess boards. I just thought they were so cute, even though I know nothing about either. However, if you are a chess genius, have fun!

The most random facility though, was the ‘Ultimate Search-esque’ looking stuff. If you don’t know Ultimate Search, think reality-show-where-you-live-in-a-jungle-and-undergo-torturous-games-to-win-millions.

I don’t have many pictures of them, so you should probably visit LCC to see them for yourself.

The unending Walkway (which I am sure you have seen pictures or clips of on Instagram, various pre-wedding photos and movies) was pretty breathtaking to me. In fact, while editing the pictures for this post, I was watching a scene in a movie shot at this location.

It’s just nature in a really pure form with trees so tall you’re constantly protected from the sun. The best part, there are seating areas at intervals on the Walkway, so if you’re tired, you can rest.

The Canopy Walkway

Hands down the best… and worst thing to do!

So, I jejely went there thinking, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ Heck, I didn’t think about it at all.

Started it and it was all good. At the third ascent, there was this creaking, and this was the first time I genuinely thought of death. (Too deep, abi?) I began thinking, What if it rains? (It was really breezy), What if the breeze causes the thing to tumble? What if we are too heavy and this thing cuts off? (There is NO soft landing at all!).

No joke, no click bait. It was not funny at the time.

Going on, I kept screaming (literally like a rabid dog), shivering, and praying to get home safe.

By the last ascent (5th, 6th,.. can’t even remember), I literally cried (and I think my friend, Neme) did too. The boys were having a swell time (or at least they seemed to be).

It seemed like it would never end, but it did and truth be told, I felt superbly exhilarated and I am extremely happy that I did it. The view from the top is pretty nice too.

Would I do it again? Probably, because at least I know I will be fine, and I won’t fall over

P. S. If you have a true phobia for heights, I would advise against it. Otherwise, please do it! It’s great for people like me who have little or no knowledge of adventure (I mean, we can’t all be Ufuoma or Amarachi).

I intend to go here at least one more time, for good measure, you know. Pretty sure I missed a couple of things this time.

Tips for a fun trip to Lekki Conservation Centre

Go as a group (if possible), it’s just more fun that way and if you’re like me, you just might need a shoulder to cry on.

  • Take your food. Not too much to say, just do (or else you want suya only)
  • For the Canopy Walkway, just take your steps one at a time. It’d be over eventually.
  • Go on a sunny day. No one likes muddy Nature and the Walkway would be closed if it’s raining.
  • Take a walk around, feed the monkeys, see the turtle, just live life jare!

This has been my greatest outdoor adventure so far? What’s yours?

I plan on visiting Olumo Rock, Erin Ijesha, TINAPA, The Yusufari Dunes and do the West African tour (Togo, Ghana, Benin), travel to Rwanda within the next two years. These are my current African travel goals.

What are your African travel goals? Been to LCC? Enjoyed it or was it bleh?

Let us know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading! Really hoping you’d stay!!

VENI, VIDI, AMAVI.

Desire.

Let’s play Catch Up:

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