The Omo Forest (675ha)is a Unesco-designated biosphere reserve, it hosts the highest diversity of butterflies on the continent. It is also the nearest location to Lagos where you’re likely to spot elephants in the wild.
The goal of almost all visits is reaching the Elephant Camp, which can take three hours of hiking through rich lowland rainforest. Other wildlife here include civet cats, white-throated monkeys, chimpanzees and pangolins.
If you’d rather not return to Lagos the same day, lodge at the leafy and serene surroundings of the Babcock University Guest House in Ilishan – a five-minute drive across the highway from Ikene.
Omo Forest Reserve is beyond Ikenne and Ososa and 80km from Ilishan. If you want to do all three in a day trip, it’s best to have your own vehicle. Tackle the Omo adventure very early in the morning, stopping over at Ikenne and Ososa on the way back to Lagos.