Zip Lining | Lekki Leisure Lake
When Naija Nomads told me about the new features at Lekki Leisure Lake, we knew we had to check it out. We called up the management, offered ourselves as lab rats (they hadn’t opened that section yet) and after agreeing on a date we set out (with fear in our hearts) to see what it was all about.
Lekki Leisure Lake is a resort overlooking the Lekki Peninsula area and hopes to drag in ‘thrill seekers’. It didn’t look particularly interesting when we got there and we had tunnel vision just for the zip lining section so didn’t bother checking it out.
There are 3 parts to this section of the leisure lake – The ropes course, the power fan (similar to bungee jumping) and the zip line. They are all done in the order written above.
This is Nigeria (unfortunately) so while we were excited, we were also hesitant at the same time. What if we fell? Were the ropes secure? What was the safety protocol? However after our initial fears we were ready to take on this new challenge. The owner assured us that they were certified and the installation was done by Americans. (The real question here is can Nigerians maintain it?)
We started with the rope course. It was tough and tasking but we kept going.
For the rope course, you are harnessed to an over head rope. This means that even if you miss your step or trip (like I did), you won’t find yourself heading straight for the ground. I especially liked that the guides followed us throughout the course and advised us on what to do.
At the end of the rope course, you jump down as it’s the only way to get off it.
Next up was the power fan. It’s for those who want to experience free falling but consider parachuting or bungee jumping too expensive or too extreme. It converts the potential energy released while the body is falling into rotational energy by using a large fan. The heavier the individual the higher the rpm (revolution per minute) of the fan. The fan is powered only by the body mass of the “skydiver” and doesn’t require power supply.
Were we scared? Yes! Did we do it? We definitely did.
The last hurdle for our adventure was the zip line. I would like to say here that we were officially the first females to zip line there and we were proud.
Zip lining was originally created as a form of transportation across places that were impossible to pass (especially mountain sides, rain forests etc) but has since turned into an activity for thrill seekers.
A pulley is suspended on a cable and you are propelled from top to bottom, or one end to another depending on how it’s set up.
This was so much fun even though at some point I wasn’t concentrating and almost bashed my head into a rod.
At the end of the day, it was tons of fun and we were glad to get our does of adrenaline rush. I’m also glad nothing dangerous happened as it would have become a ‘who sent you message?’ situation
The guides paid attention to us and I hope it stays that way now that it’s opened fully.
While we didn’t explore the rest of Leisure Lake, I believe the whole place needs a bit of sprucing up and can look better. We noticed quad bikes, boat rides and an eating area.
I personally don’t think there’s a lot going on there in terms of activities, so the rope course trio is a great addition to the leisure lake.
- Parking isn’t available on the premises so you have to sort yourself out.
- It costs N5000 ($25.12) for the whole course (apart from the entry fee). However if you’re only interested in zip lining it’s N3,000 ($15.07).
- Beach buggies cost N5000 ($25.12) to use on their track and N10,000 ($50.23) for use on the beach (what the heck?)
- You cannot take food or drinks (including water) inside. If you’re hungry, you buy refreshments from their stalls.
- Listen to the guides. They know what they’re talking about and are there to keep you safe.
Ever been to Lekki Leisure Lake? Share your thoughts.