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Zoofari Lodge accommodation offers new zoo experience

Zoofari Lodge accommodation offers new zoo experience
April 1, 2014

Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s 10 new luxury African-inspired lodges at Zoofari Lodge have been officially opened by Taronga Foundation Patron, John Cleese.

The $2.1 million redevelopment of Zoofari Lodge has expanded Western Plains Zoo’s  capacity to 9,000 overnight guests annually and continues to build on the award-winning unique experience Zoofari Lodge has provided to guests since 1995.  

Welcoming the expansion, Taronga Director, Cameron Kerr stated “Zoofari Lodge was the first zoo-based accommodation experience opened in Australia and has since continued to evolve and develop, leading the field of zoo and nature-based overnight experiences in Australia.

“Zoofari Lodge plays an important role for Taronga Western Plains Zoo, making up 19% of the overall business which will continue to grow over the coming year with the redevelopment of the accommodation.”

“The new accommodation showcases a slice of Africa right here in central New South Wales, providing a unique and amazing experience that contributes to tourism as well as supporting conservation.”.

The new architecturally-designed luxury safari lodges feature African-inspired decor with king-size bed and free-standing bath, and have private decks right on the edge of the African Savannah where guests can see Giraffe, Zebra and Eland roaming from the comfort of their lodges.

Kerr added “Taronga Western Plains Zoo is striving to create the Zoo as a destination for visitors to come and experience. The overnight accommodation programs are a large part of this and will help to achieve the regional tourism objective of doubling the overnight visitor spend by 2020.

“The redevelopment of Zoofari Lodge follows on from the opening of Billabong Camp in April 2013 and the Zoo’s win in the National Tourism Award for best attraction. The new two bedroom self-contained Savannah Cabins due to open later this year, will provide three tiers of overnight experiences and establish the Zoo as an iconic destination in its own right.”

Taronga Foundation Patron Cleese added “staying at Zoofari Lodge should be something that everyone puts on their bucket list. I have stayed here and it is such an amazing and unique experience, which most importantly supports conservation.”

Zoofari Lodge is located in the grounds of Taronga Western Plains Zoo with the new Savannah View lodges are available for bookings from 4th April 2014.

For more information about staying overnight at the Zoo visit www.taronga.org.au/stayovernight.   

30th January 2014 - TARONGA ZOO’S ‘ZOOFARI’ REDEVELOPMENT TO PRESENT NEW WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

15th April 2013 - RHINO SCULPTURE MARKS LINKS BETWEEN DUBBO AND TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO

12th April 2013 - TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO OPENS NEW ACCOMMODATION EXPERIENCE


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