Get a way, your way and the kids way.
Slumber Safari at the Werribee Zoo, the perfect overnight weekend getaway! Everything is sorted for you, just kick back, enjoy and relax...the ultimate glamping experience! Everything is included in the price, plus two days entry to the zoo.
Go behind the scenes of the zoo and appreciate it from a new perspective. Get up close and personal with a drive around the grounds, and become immersed in the sights, smells and sounds of the animals.
We arrived for check-in mid afternoon. You meet your camps leader and are given the keys to your lodge. Put your bags in your room and have a wander around the camp site before the bell rings to gather for your first adventure.
After waiting for the storm to clear, we were all given ponchos and headed for a walk through the zoo up to the safari bus tour. We all piled in and headed for a behind the scenes tour of the zoo.
Seeing the animals so close to you is unreal. Watching the giraffes huddle together to keep warm and the rhinos and zebras wandering the grounds. Crossing through the little river and watching the hippos pop up and below the water around you.
After the tour we headed for our 'animal encounter' where we are not told what the encounter is until we are there. Lucky for us, we got to watch and feed the zoos only cheetah. Don't worry, she stays in her cage and the keeper feeds her with a pair of tongs. But you are only a metre away from the worlds fastest land mammal, which is pretty surreal! She is basically a large house cat, but she is stunning, an experience I will never forget!
We then headed back towards camp, stopping at the hippo enclosure first. Your guide brings along a bucket full of lettuce for everyone to throw for the hippos to eat. I loved this part and the kids will too! They are so peaceful, I could watch them all day.
We later arrived back at camp, to canapés and a glass of bubbly or wine, or cordial for the little ones. Sitting outside watching the sunset over the zoo is beautiful. The sunset looked stunning as the animals settle in for the night.
As dinner is being prepared, we sat in the dining room watching some possums climb across the wooden beams. Trying to sneak their way into the kitchen to steal some of our food...it really is like living in the wild for a night!
Dinner was a buffet that consisted of curries and rice, meatballs, potato salad and breads. Very very delicious.. may have had a little too much, but definitely worth it.
After dinner had settled, we all headed out, torches in hand for a wander through the zoo after dark. The zoo has a completely different vibe this time of night, no one else around just you, your small group and the animals.
We headed into the reptile enclosure. If you are not a fan of snakes you can sit this one out. The guide brings a snake around the room, letting you feel it as she tells you a bit about them. They are very smooth and spectacular up close.
We then head over to the tortoise enclosure. This is a fun area for any little ones. The entire enclosure is filled with games, toys and costumes for your kids. The guide releases a tortoise and lets it roam around the room, letting you touch his shell, as he slowly wanders past you.
It is late now, so we head back to the camp. Arriving back to freshly cooked scones, whipped cream and jam. I must admit we did go back for seconds... and maybe thirds. We then headed outside to cook some marshmallows over the fire with the rest of the group. After a long afternoon we headed to bed.
Waking up just as the sun is rising, you hear the noise of the lions waking up too. This was UNREAL. Despite the fact that the lions are pretty much on the other side of the zoo to you, the sound like they're right outside your tent!
Step outside onto your balcony, seeing the sun appear from behind the trees on this cool morning, watching the emus and kangaroos wake up and going for a stretch.
Hop inside your ensuite and have a hot shower looking out the window over the savannah, getting ready for this mornings activities.
We headed over to the dining area ready for breakfast, a buffet of eggs, bacon, toast, yoghurt, and cereal.
After our stomachs were satisfied, we headed for the hippos enclosure. Watching the guide feed and talk to the hippos is a pretty cool experience, something I'd never seen before. Moaning when they want more food, can't blame them for the size they are.
Our guide then took us to see the lions. The zoo has recently had 4 little lion cubs, and they are adorable. We watched as they are given their food, which looked to be half a cow! The cubs wrestled and teased each other and showed off to their mum, just as little kids do.
Being the end of the Safari experience, we sat in the cafe eating an early lunch next to the viewing window of the meerkats. They're funny little creatures and they kept us entertained while we snacked on our sandwiches.
The entire experience is spectacular. You are getting your moneys worth out of the experience, fitting a lot in within a short period of time.
This will be you and your kids best family trip... EVER. Or leave the kids at home for a fun couples getaway for the weekend.