Newly opened in 2016 Gir Lion Lodge is located within London's Zoos Land of the Lions area. It is inspired by the Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat, India which is home to the Asiatic Lion. What better way to spend an evening in the capital - listening to the roar of a lion whilst getting ready for bed.
Start your experience at 4.00pm when you can check in to your very own lodge. Entrance to the zoo is included in the package and it opens at 10am. The first evening tour starts at 6.00pm, after the zoo visitors have left for the day, led by a knowledgeable guide. A 2 course dinner is then provided in the Terrace Restaurant. At 8.30pm there is a torchlight walk with a guide on the look out for nocturnal animals and those that are late to retire to bed.
There is a total of nine lodges built in traditional Gujarati style and are painted in bright colours and adorned with traditional woodwork inspired by the region. There are five double lodges and four twin lodges, all have a pull out sofa bed for children between 5 & 13 years, which can be used on family nights. All lodges have ensuite facilities, towels, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. There is a heater, power sockets, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities and private veranda. There is also use of a 4K Lumix DMC-GX80 for guests.
After a hearty breakfast, there is a morning tour (before the zoo opens to visitors). The rest of the day can be spent enjoying the facilities of London Zoo or Whipsnade Zoo.
Prices start from £378 for 2 people (off peak) which includes accommodation, dinner, breakfast, the tour and 2 days entry to London Zoo (or Whipsnade). Each additional child is £50 up to a maximum of 2 children on family nights only.
Other packages like Keeper for a Day or Animal Encounters are available to Gir Lodge guests at a reduced rate.
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