At Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra you can experience close encounters with some of the world’s most exotic and endangered animals. And there’s also the opportunity for visitors to stay overnight with the animals.

The unique accommodation offerings include Giraffe Treehouses, Jungle Bungalows and the uShaka Lodge. 

These African-inspired luxury suites lie in the heart of the National Zoo and Aquarium, a 10-minute drive from Canberra’s Civic. The cornerstone of Jamala is uShaka Lodge, decorated with stylish and luxurious furniture and African artefacts and artworks. While you are here, you can enjoy the company of the curious and captivating colobus monkeys and the graceful inhabitants of the 200,000-litre shark tank.

The Meerkat Suite and the Shark Grand Suite adjoining uShaka lounge are ideal for family getaways. Sleeping up to six people (two adults and four kids, or four adults), these suites offer an economical way for larger groups to enjoy the full Jamala experience and, in the case of the Shark Grand Suite, with even more exciting animal encounters included.

The same can be said for the Wild Encounter Room (which sleeps three adults or two adults and two kids) where guests also get to enjoy an up close and personal Meet-A-Cheetah Experience with an unrestrained adult cheetah as a part of their stay. Note: this experience is available only to those aged 15 years old or above.

Immersive wildlife experiences.

Jamala Wildlife Lodge also offers five-star dining included in the price. You start your evening with pre-dinner drinks and canapes, where some special guests, such as white lions or hyenas, may join you. To continue the African theme, you will be joined by other guests at large tables for a delectable, fun, four-course African gourmet dinner coupled with a selection of some of the best wines. 

A stay at Jamala allows guests to immerse themselves in one of the most unique experiences in the world and take on the thrill of a wild African safari, making it a truly remarkable accommodation experience. During your tour, you will encounter some of the zoo’s most popular residents, such as rhinos, lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and meerkats, for a special opportunity to connect with and learn about these incredible animals.

If it is just a day trip you are after the National Zoo and Aquarium offers some of the most amazing and diverse animal encounters found anywhere in the world. 

Popular encounters include rhino pats, owl encounters, giraffe feeds and the very cute and memorable meerkat encounter. The zoo also offers amazing interactive tours such as the Awesome Roarsome Tour and African Savannah Safari. 

Now open again seven days a week (except Christmas Day), the National Zoo and Aquarium is the ideal location for a truly wild day out with the family.

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