What could be better than a day at the zoo? Spending the night and the morning there too!
Your next visit at the zoo does not have to end when the sun goes down – many sites across the globe now offer the exciting chance to spend the night surrounded by your favourite denizens of the Animal Kingdom. Whether it’s sleep overs within an actual zoo or hotels that have exotic animals roaming the grounds outside your balcony, there are lots of options to explore if you want a bit of an untamed spin to your next holiday.
Offering numerous options for your stay, from comfortable lodges to more rustic pods giving 360° views, the Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve truly gives the broadest scope when it comes to animal encounter hotels. Situated within Kent, and therefore easily reached from London, visitors can be assured to a truly unforgettable experience of sleeping alongside nature without having to sacrifice comfort.
Further, profits from the Hotel all go back into animal conservation, so you can sleep easily knowing your visit has been ethical too.
Formerly the accommodation for Bristol Zoo’s keeper, the Lodge now functions as a stylish accommodation for guests seeking a longer wildlife experience. Comprising of two double bedrooms, adjoining lounges and a private terrace, guests at the lodge will also enjoy exclusive access to the zoo when all other visitors have left. A private chef is also on hand to provide mouth watering meals to be enjoyed on the terrace or in your private dining room.
Enjoy the sunniest spot in the British Isles in style by spending a night camping at Durrell Wildlife Park on the island of Jersey. Home to some of the world’s most endangered species, guests can enjoy their stay in cosy camping pods that offer all the excitement of a camp with all the comfort of a hotel room. A log burning fire will keep you warm at night, while the morning is greeted with the hoots and calls of nearby monkeys and apes amidst the trees.
Never look at camping the same way again!
Give your family the sleepover of a lifetime at Zoo Miami, found in the balmy subtropical getaway of Miami. Here guests are invited to set up a tent and lay down their sleeping bags on the grassy plans just beyond the exhibits. Children should six years old or older before they can attend, and book early as spots quickly fill out. As well as the beaches and theme parks of Florida, this should definitely make the itinerary of any trip to the Panhandle state!
Offering unrivalled views of the world-famous Sydney Harbour, the Roar and Snore offer at Taronga Zoo gives guests an unmissable experience Down Under. As well providing comfortable and luxurious accommodations guests are given exclusive after-dark guided and behind-the-scenes tours of the zoo, including sights of native Australian reptiles and reclusive big cats. Meanwhile the evening is celebrated with feasts and refreshments, and the comfort of tents offering all the luxuries of a hotel room.
Famously, it was here that Elizabeth II ascended a tree a princess and climbed down it again a Queen. The Treetops Hotel in Kenya has long been a luxurious African getaway for famous figures across the planet, be they monarchs or celebrities. Proudly maintaining its iconic links to the British Royal Family, it continues to offer unparalleled sights of African elephant migration tracks and the experiences of the best of African fauna. Luxurious accommodation and dining are only enhanced by guided tours of the Kenyan bush, and numerous outdoor activities that show the best of African wildlife.
Australia’s multi-award winning animal park hotel, found within the capital city of Canberra, gives its guests some of the best of Antipodean hospitality and a chance for wildlife encounters unlike any outside of the Serengeti. Rates cover not just the accommodation, but also all food, drinks and exclusive tours. Depending on guest preference they can stay in the comfort and style of the uShaka Lodge, share breakfast with giraffes at the Giraffe Treehouses, or get up and close with tigers at the Jungle Bungalow.
First class dining, exclusive safaris and tours, and unusually hairy (or feathery or scaly) neighbours are all on offer at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge.
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement, romanticism and idealisation of an animal-themed hotel. There’s nothing wrong with this, and it’s good to get excited by an idea. However this always must be tempered with a degree of responsibility, and a recognition that demand for animal experiences can fuel some highly questionable businesses across the globe.
Animals do not exist for our entertainment and have their own experiences and needs. Your holiday should never be at their expense or suffering.
That does not mean you should avoid any and all hotels or attractions that feature from them. Far from it; we are notPETA, thank you very much! However it’s important to be ethical when considering hotels and know which ones should be avoided. As such, here are a few friendly tips to make sure everyone enjoys your visit – the animals included.
We may be in lockdown right now but it won’t last forever – how are you going to get up close and personal with nature on your next holiday?