uShaka Lodge

A beautiful 7 room lodge with a stunning lounge and dining area, pool, spa and tropical gardens, all of which are reserved **for the fortunate few who stay in uShaka Lodge. This is the owners’ former residence and has varying room sizes and designs. Your adventure starts in the living area, with a magnificent shark tank extending from one end to the other and with three of the coolest Colobus monkeys watching you from the other side! From the minute you walk in the door you will be transported to deepest Africa – every part of uShaka is decorated in a truly African lodge theme and features fine carvings, artworks and artefacts from throughout Africa. The indoor and outdoor entertaining areas are only metres from the edge of Lake Burley Griffin and have magnificent views across the lake to Black Mountain. uShaka is the Zulu word for shark, but also refers to Shaka Zulu who was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu kingdom and a stay here combines the magnificence of Africa and the wonders of the ocean.

 

** Please note, uShaka Lodge is for the exclusive use of those guests staying in uShaka Lodge rooms, however, guests staying in JB and GTH are welcome to relax in the lodge lounge area after the morning tour, until the 11am checkout. When Jamala is at capacity, uShaka guests will have pre dinner drinks in the Rainforest Cave, and dine upstairs with the sharks.

Frequently asked  questions

Virtual Tour Jamala Reception

Virtual Tour uShaka lounge

Virtual Tour pool area 

 

All National Zoo & Aquarium conservation, breeding and educational programs are supported by funds raised by Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Ushaka Lodge – Lemur Rooms

The Lemur Rooms overlook the Molonglo River and one looks towards Scrivener Dam and Black Mountain and the other overlooks the lion enclosures.
They have a large viewing window looking directly into the lemur enclosure where you can watch this fascinating troop play!

The Lemur Rooms are able to cater for guests with disabilities

 

Virtual Tour   Floorplan

No of rooms: 2 | Maximum adults per room: 2 | Maximum total guests per room: 2

 

uShaka Lodge – Shark Grand Suite

The Shark Grand Suite is up a flight of stairs and has its own private floor in uShaka Lodge. Guests will be taken to have a private feeding of either sharks or hyenas. The suite features 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms (the main bathroom also has an indulgent spa bath). Both rooms feature sitting areas along with king beds and the bed in the 2nd room also splits to become 2 single beds. Additional bedding in the 2nd room utilises single pull out sofa beds. It is ideal for large families or 2 couples. The 5th and 6th guests stay free of charge*.

Floorplan

No of rooms: 1 | Maximum adults per room: 4 | Maximum total guests per room: 6

*5th and 6th guests free applies to children under 17 years.

*The uShaka Rooms shown below are having new animal encounters included. We expect these to be ready during November, so we have shown below the experiences before and after that date:

uShaka Lodge – Wild Encounter Room 1 (*see note above)

Wild Encounter Room 1 is situated adjacent to the lodge lounge area and has a spa bath and separate shower. Additional bedding utilises a roll away bed.

Floorplan

No of rooms: 1 | Maximum adults per room: 3 | Maximum total guests per room: 3

 

Up to 30th November (approximately):

A terrace and garden are outside your room and as there are no wild animals there, we take you into the zoo in the morning to visit the cheetahs, where you have a special hands-on meeting with the fastest animal on earth!* Go into their enclosure to meet these unrestrained big cats!

*Encounter is for 2 people. Minimum age for the Cheetah Encounter is 15 years. Please note that because animal’s natures and reactions can change, no guarantee can be given that we can introduce you to the cheetah. In the rare event that this meeting cannot happen, we will take you to one or more personal meetings with other animals after discussing options with you.

From 1st December (approximately):

Right outside your room will be a Meerkat exhibit. Your window is only metres from the home of these adorable and popular animals. (Note that from when this exhibit is opened, the encounter with the cheetahs will cease).

uShaka Lodge – Wild Encounter Room 2 (*see note above)

This room is a short stroll from the main lounge, down a flight of stairs with views through mature pine trees towards the Molonglo River. The room also has a private terrace and its split level design features a lounge area that can comfortably accommodate 2 children.  Additional bedding utilises a double pull out sofa bed.

Floorplan

No of rooms: 1 | Maximum adults per room: 3 | Maximum total guests per room: 4

 

Up to 30 November (approximately):

As there are no wild animals outside your room, in the morning we take you into the zoo to visit the meerkats*, where you have a special hands-on meeting with these incredibly cute animals. *Encounter is for 2 people and the minimum age for the Meerkat Encounter is 12 years. Please note that because animal’s natures and reactions can change, no guarantee can be given that we can introduce you to the meerkats. In the rare event that this meeting cannot happen, we will take you to one or more personal meetings with other animals after discussing options with you.

After 1 December (approximately):

As there are no wild animals outside your room, we take you into the zoo in the morning to visit one of our cheetahs, where you have a special hands-on meeting with the fastest animal on earth!* Go into their enclosure to meet these unrestrained big cats! (If you are concerned about meeting the cheetahs, we can organise an alternative encounter – call Jamala Reception before booking.)

*Encounter is for 2 people. Minimum age for the Cheetah Encounter is 15 years. Please note that because animal’s natures and reactions can change, no guarantee can be given that we can introduce you to the cheetah. In the rare event that this meeting cannot happen, we will take you to one or more personal meetings with other animals after discussing options with you.

 

uShaka Lodge – Wild Encounter Suite (*see note above)

The Wild Encounter Suite is part of the main Lodge and features 2 rooms both with sitting areas and 1 bathroom, which has a spa bath and separate shower. It is perfect for larger families or two couples, as the 5th and 6th guests (if under 18yo) stay free! Bedding consists of 2 x King Size beds and 2 x sofa beds. This is a split level suite with bedroom 2 down a small flight of 3 stairs.

Floorplan

No of rooms: 1 | Maximum adults per room: 4 | Maximum total guests per room: 6

 

Up to 30th November (approximately):

A terrace and garden are outside your room and as there are no wild animals there, we take you into the zoo in the morning to visit the hyenas*. After meeting them up close, you will understand why this misunderstood animal is regarded as one of the most fascinating of all.

*Please note that because animal’s natures and reactions can change, no guarantee can be given that we can introduce you to the hyena. In the rare event that this meeting cannot happen, we will take you to one or more personal meetings with other animals after discussing options with you.

After 1st December (approximately):

Right outside your room will be a Meerkat exhibit. Your window is only metres from the home of these adorable and popular animals. (Note that from when this exhibit is opened, the encounter with the hyenas will cease).

uShaka Lodge  – Reef Room (*see note above)

Pop over to the window and see if you can spot the hyenas. This room is situated in a private corner adjacent to the uShaka lounge room. Additional bedding utilises a roll away bed.

Floorplan

No of rooms: 1 | Maximum adults per room: 3 | Maximum total guests per room: 3

 

Up to 30 November (approximately):

Please note: The aquarium tank adjoining the Reef Room is currently screened off as it is undergoing maintenance. The room has been discounted by approximately 20% (between $225 and $275 per night) and our prices reflect the discounted amount. Guests will also receive an additional animal encounter and meet the hyenas that reside outside your window, if the tank is off display. We expect that the tank will be operational in November and have discounted it until 30 November – if it is open before then, guests who have booked will still receive the discount. If it is still closed after that date, guests will be refunded the discount amount. Please call Jamala Reception for more information.

After 1 December (approximately):

The only room at Jamala that features a large viewing window looking directly into a 5 metre deep ocean aquarium!  The beautiful ocean fish will spend as much time checking you out as you do watching them.