If you’re looking to spend a day out of Lagos’ city centers but not willing to go that far off, then this park might be just the place you’re looking for. Omu Resort is a theme park located in Bogije, Ibeju Lekki – about 30 minutes after Ajah on a good day. For some reason, I expected it to be much farther and prepared to leave home at about 8am. I also expected the traffic to be crazy if I dared to leave later but I was happy to be wrong on those two counts.
I went along with my friend and we left home at about 12pm. It was a straight, traffic-free journey and we arrived about an hour later. After sorting out our tickets, we headed into the park and began ‘exploring’.
The first place we checked out was the zoo which houses about 40 animals and reptiles.
To be honest, I couldn’t help but feel bad for the animals kept here. Even though, I can say (from my little travel experiences), that this zoo is certainly one of the best zoos in Nigeria, I still have some reservations about the conditions of animals kept here.
The main attraction is of course, the lion and when we visited, it was to be fed a live goat. This was announced over a PA system and we got to watch that. This is as close as I have ever gotten to an actual kill even after going on several safaris in the wild. (See Safari in India, South Africa, Tanzania)
I cracked up a little when the goat started eating as soon as he got into the cage. If only it knew…
Apart from the zoo, Omu Resort features other attractions such as a mini water park area for kids, an archery, park rides, horse riding area, go-cart arena, quad bikes (which were unavailable at the time of our visit), a play area (where I demolished my friend in a game of table tennis – he would argue otherwise though), a mini aquarium (which should be shut down or revamped at the very least) and a mini golf area.
I tried my hands at archery for the fist time, hitting the blue mark with my first arrow and bull’s eye on second try!
Okay, I lied. After my first attempt- which did hit the blue mark, the others went really awry. Archery is not my calling and I am at peace with that. If I was Princess Merida (from the animated movie, Brave) I would have been married to whats-his-name by now.
As for the park rides, we really weren’t in the mood for any of that, so we skipped them all but we still had a good time, regardless.
Things to note:
Location & Direction: The park is located in Bogije, Ibeju Lekki. You’ll need to drive past Ajah, Lagos Business School, Lufasi Park until you get to Bogije bus stop. Google maps provides accurate direction until just before the turning that takes you into the park. The turning is on the opposite side of the road and there is a small sign to point you in the right direction.
The road into the resort is not paved but it is motorable.
Prices: The base price (at the time of this writing) is N3,000 if you’re not interested in using the go-carts or quad bikes. This gives you access to everything else within the park. We were offered the N5,000 price when we tried to pay. The lady conveniently left out the fact that there was a cheaper ticket. So make sure to ask for this if that’s what you’re interested in.
There is also a N5,000 ticket (includes the use of the go-cart) and a N7,000 ticket (includes the use of the quad bikes).
Food and Drinks: You can bring yours. In fact, it is better to bring yours. But if you didn’t, like us, you can buy some at the park. The food wasn’t that great and options were limited.
Opening Times: The park operates from 8am to 7pm everyday except for Sundays when it opens at 12pm.
Recommend?: Yes. Although, there are still lots of areas for improvements and I think the place can look better.
Have you visited Omu Resort before? What was your experience like? If you haven’t, is it somewhere you’d like to go to?