The DARE Experience is a travel company in Lagos, Nigeria that organizes travel experiences for adventurous people; people who are open to letting their hair down and having a lot of fun. DARE stands for Dream Adventure Relax Explore and they are always creating unique local and international experiences. So far, they have organized game nights, silent discos, and travel experiences to other African and Middle Eastern countries. One of the experiences they have in the mix is The Keke Experience.
The Keke Experience is a food and photo scavenger hunt around Lagos Island using a keke (tricycle) as the mode of transportation. Usually, a set of tasks is given with just 60 minutes to hop in kekes and whizz through the busy streets of Lagos to get them done and earn points.
Taking part in the second edition of The Keke Experience was one of the most exciting things I had ever done and I’ll give you the scoop of the how, what and why after the photos below #wink.
- I heard about this experience via the Instagram account of The DARE Experience.
- Booking a spot was super easy. All it took was an Instagram DM to @thedareexperience_ or a WhatsApp message to the phone number attached to the bio.
- The rate was 9,000 Naira per person, inclusive of keke rides, lunch and drinks, TDE Experience Pack and a certificate of participation. Mode of payment was via a bank transfer to the account number provided. Although, last-minute payment was also acceptable via cash on the day of the experience. This fee does not include alcoholic drinks and insurance.
- The Keke Experience was a tour of Lagos Island, locally known as Isale Eko. Isale Eko was once the hub of commercial and administrative affairs during the colonial era. So, the experience gave me a glimpse of what Lagos once looked like.
- Lagos Island is the city’s oldest district, where a lot of colonial buildings are still standing and have recorded the passage of time.
- In Lagos Island, you get a glimpse of the architecture the colonial era provided, and learn a little bit about the history of Lagos.
- The Keke Experience is a food and photo scavenger hunt around Lagos Island (Isale Eko).
- A set of tasks is usually given with at least an hour to gain as many points as possible. For example, jumping mid-air at a zebra crossing and taking a picture, or a picture of you hugging a stranger or even to give a traffic warden a high-five.
- The completion of these tasks only counts when there is a photo of you or any member of your team carrying out the task.
- We converged at The Freedom Park (situated on Broad Street, Lagos Island) and on arrival, were given three sheets of paper. One was a map highlighting the points of interest and the route to be taken. The other was an information sheet listing the photos of the buildings of interest and a little bit of their history, and of course, the third was a sheet containing the list of 35 tasks, their points and the rule of the game.
- The race kicked off about thirty minutes after the scheduled time. We hopped into our kekes in two-person teams to complete our assigned tasks and gain the most points.
- This photo scavenger hunt required us to take photos in front of specific buildings such as the:
- Freedom Park (a memorial and leisure park built in 1887 which was formerly a colonial prison);
- Government Printing Press (a building that provided stationery material to the government from 1894);
- St. George Hall (the best Masonic hall on the coast. It was built in 1907 and opened by Sir Walter Egerton, the Governor of the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria);
- Taiwo Olowo Monument (the monument of a popular and wealthy businessman in Lagos, built in 1905)
- Christ Cathedral Church (the oldest Anglican church in Nigeria, built in 1946, and known for its exquisite architectural structure); amongst others.
- The task also included activities such as: posing with something yellow (which is pretty easy because Lagos is known for its yellow commercial vehicles); taking a picture with a cart of fruits; taking a picture with an election poster; taking a picture hugging a stranger; taking a picture with a restaurant menu; taking a picture with a Nigerian flag; taking a picture hawking anything in the market; taking a picture with a wall street or any mural; taking a picture with a traffic sign; taking a picture posing as a tree under a tree; taking a picture with a vehicle made in the 80’s; taking a picture in front of a construction site; finding a local street snack and taking a picture of you eating it, amongst others.
- The experience lasted a little over an hour. Afterwards, we headed to 355 Restaurant on the Lagos Marina to eat any local Nigerian dish of our choosing. This was where we got to network and talk about our professional careers and also share our travel and dare experiences in different parts of the world.
What to wear?
- Comfortable clothing and walking shoes because this task requires a lot of walking and running around.
- A cap or hat for sun protection. If you also prefer, you can come along with your sunglasses and/or sunscreen.
- A waist purse for your valuables but you can also keep your items in the keke, safe with the keke drivers.
What to bring?
- Cash. You will be making little personal purchases as the task requires. For example, buying a local snack. You may also want to buy any items around Lagos Island that catch your fancy.
- Health requirements. Although, there is a basic first-aid kit available in the case of any mishap, but you can also bring your own medical supplies if you need to.
The downside of this experience was the fact that we were not able to complete all the assigned tasks. For instance, we couldn’t complete the task that said, ‘place a postage stamp on your forehead and take a picture’ because the officials at the post office were not available. We also couldn’t buy a BRT bus ticket to gift a stranger, so we resulted to taking a photo in the bus itself.
Also, we practically had to pay people for a few things. People charged us before we hawked their goods, or took a photo of their property. Money was also requested before we could take a picture with Taiwo Olowo’s Monument. But that turned out to be fun because, in the process, we interacted with them and got insight on how they run their businesses in Lagos. So, maybe it is not exactly a downside.
Some people didn’t want their photos taken, so this added to the challenge of having to look for people who were willing to take pictures with us; some took a lot more persuasion than others, and some would simply waltz into our pictures to pose for the camera with us.
I enjoyed this experience a lot, because I got to know Lagos more intimately, let my hair down and actually have fun on the streets of Lagos. Despite being Lagos-based for most of my life, I had never experienced a tour of Lagos Island. So, I definitely would recommend this experience to both Lagos and non-Lagos residents, and basically, anyone who is open to doing unconventional things that they normally wouldn’t do.
I also got to network with other participants (a lawyer, a blogger, an investment banker, and of course, the beautiful brain behind the Dare Experience) who shared a thing or two about their careers, and their different travel experiences around the world. This experience is particularly great for people who love to travel, have fun, go on adventures and forge amazing connections.
Going on this experience will give you a new level of boldness and audacity and hit you with the realization that you can actually walk up to people and do fun things without minding who is watching.