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Lookout Lodge at Whipsnade Zoo

Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England

A once-in-a-lifetime experience of sleeping next to white rhinos in your own private lodge. Closed in winter.

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Whipsnade Zoo is the UK's biggest zoo visitors use their own cars or the zoo's bus service to view the various animal enclosures. Some areas the animals are free to roam around the cars. See elephants, lions, lemurs, cheetahs, a sloth bear, sea lions to name a few. Part of the zoo, the Lookout Lodge offers guests a chance to experience something that no-one else gets to see.

Start your experience at 4.30pm with a glass of bubbly and take in the views of the zoo. A sunset tour of Asia & Africa is followed by a 2-course dinner with your hosts. Later in the evening, enjoy a torchlit walk to see what animals are still awake whilst searching for bats. After breakfast, experience a tour around the European area and help feed some of the animals. Your experience finishes at 9.30am but you are free to spend the rest of the day at the zoo (or head to London Zoo for a visit).

Each of the nine lodges has either twin beds or double beds and a sofa bed which children aged 5-13 years can use on family nights. There is a private veranda with seating, towels, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel are also provided. Separate male & female washing facilities are a short distance away.

Prices start from £298 for 2 people and additional children are charged at £40 each. This includes entrance to the zoo, accommodation, dinner, breakfast and the tour. There are adult only nights and family nights where children aged 5 years and above are welcome.

Guests are able to participate on Keeper for a Day programme for a reduced rate of £199 per person. Animal encounters are also offered at a reduced rate for Lookout Lodge guests.

Open late March - October.

Room Types

Double
Twin
Family Rooms

Nearest Airport/s

Luton