A island, fter about 90minutes drive from Victoria I was nally here. The green and yellow ambience simply complemented the entire tropic and nothing seemed out of place or standoffish. Upon parking, I was welcome by courteous traditionally attired smiling receptionists in an assortment of gesticulations that I later learnt were a combination of various modes of greeting from Nigerian tribes. This was going to be a royal treat indeed, I thought to myself. The warm staffs served Complimentary Palm wine as refreshment before showing me round the 65-acre expanse of true African beauty.
My guide walked me through the entire land mass passing through mangrove swamps, savannah, the Ikegun fresh water lake, and of course the extensive palm adorned beach overlooking the Atlantic. Even on a hot day, the cooling breeze continually whistling through the palms, caressing my skin, together with the birds chirping sweetly as we passed the tropical forests, were calming reminders that right now I was in the cusp of nature. Oh! Did I forget to mention the monkeys... very elusive creatures those beings. There is also the reserved park that is planned to house various dinosaur models when done (talk about a Nigerian Jurassic Park) .
I was shown the variety of chalets, themed accordingly: The Obailerigi (tree house), Ilerimi (house atop water), Obieze/ Anago, Osho and Kodi, all tastefully furnished with the cultural undertone of African design. One intriguing concept is the method of calling for service: a traditional talking drum is located at the door of all chalets. Now, to summon a staff one just beats the drum with the drumstick and if the attendant attached to you is not within earshot, any of the various staff around will promptly attend to you, Nifty!
Recreational activities include swimming in either the natural waters or the swimming pool, canoeing, basketball, beach volleyball, beach football, horse riding, hiking, ocean shing, catapulting, and a functional gym for the exercise enthusiasts. At dusk, the stage came alive with performances , entertaining a prestigious company having their gala night. The entertainment was surreal and at the end of my rst day, I knew I was in for a splendid time with nature. I could not wait for the start of the next day, which began with aerobics, and then an awesome beachside buffet styled breakfast of several light local and continental dishes including Ogi (corn pap), cereals, Akara, Yams, Ewa-agoyin (Beans and pepper sauce), eggs and sausages amongst others. At the end of my stay, I was certain this would be the rst of many visits to come.
The drive was a long one, even without the usual weekly traffic as it was a Saturday and the pressure had waned off the Lagos roads. Nevertheless, I needed this getaway, besides driving at about 80km/h with almost nothing but tropical forests on either side seemed to whisper to my soul that the journey was going to be worth it and I was looking to have a great time, connecting with nature. ...Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and have breakfast on the beach at La Campagne Tropicana beach resort