Overnight Itinerary

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Jamala Wildlife Lodge, the ultimate overnight safari at the National Zoo & Aquarium where a world of adventure, luxury and excitement awaits.

Please find your itinerary below and we trust that you will enjoy your stay.


Time Experience Notes
1.30pm to 3.00pm Arrivals Meet in uShaka Lodge, and enjoy some Afternoon Tea, become acquainted with Colin, & Colby (our Black & White Colobus Monkeys) and enjoying the beautiful shark tank. Staff will get you to complete your dinner menu selections before heading out into the zoo.
1:00pm to 3:00pm Self-guided afternoon Safari A self-guided tour booklet will be available at check-in that will allow you to do your own tour of a section of the zoo, prior to be given room access at 3pm. This features the recommended trail highlighted for you and interesting facts about our animals that you will see on this route. You will be taken on a guided tour the next morning to see the other areas of the zoo and its beautiful animals.
3:00pm Room access Meet at the marked meeting point in your booklet that was handed to you at check-in, to be given the keys to your room. A guide will deliver you to your luxurious home-away-from-home to relax or alternatively, you may wish to further explore the zoo.
from 6:30pm Getting to dinner and drinks For guests staying in our Jungle Bungalows and Giraffe Treehouses please meet at the bus stop where there will be a bus pick-up (the first at 6:30pm and the second at 6.40pm) to bring you to the Rainforest Cave for dinner. uShaka guests please make your way to the cave for 6:30 pre-dinner drinks.
7:15pm Dinner Indulge in our Chef’s African-influenced “dinner party” menu, featuring some beautiful wines and “Moet” champagne. If Jamala Lodge is at capacity our uShaka guests will dine upstairs.
9:00pm to 10:00pm Transfer As the evening draws to a close we will have a bus service to deliver you back to your suite to enjoy the sounds of the zoo at night.

DEPARTURE DAY – Guests staying in Giraffe Treehouses or a Jungle Bungalow

6:45am to 7:00am Rise and shine You can utilise your tea and coffee making facilities and have a pastry prior to your morning safari and then enjoy a full a la carte breakfast afterwards.
7:00am to 8:30am Morning Safari Make your way to the African Plains gazebo (number 16 on the map) to commence your guided morning tour of the zoo. You will be visiting the open range section to experience the sights and sounds as our residents awaken and prepare for the day.
9:00am to 10:00am Breakfast After your morning safari you have an opportunity to freshen up before you make your way to the Rainforest Cave for your a la carte breakfast.
10:30am to 11:00am Luggage collection Please ensure all luggage is packed and placed inside your room by the door for collection prior to 10.30am. If you don’t require baggage collection, please advise reception.

DEPARTURE DAY – Guests staying in uShaka Lodge

7:30am to 8.30am Breakfast Start your day with an a la carte breakfast in the Rainforest Cave. Those guests happy with a continental breakfast along with a sleep-in can come down a little later.
9.00am to 10.30am Morning Safari Make your way to the African plains gazebo (number 16 on the map) to commence your guided morning tour in the zoo. You will be visiting the open range section of the zoo to experience the sights and sounds as our residents awaken and prepare for the day.
10.30am to 11.00am At your leisure Relax back in your room and freshen up after your morning tour. When you are ready to depart please bring your luggage to reception with your room key for check out. Should you require assistance with luggage, please contact our reception team and they will be able to assist you.
11:00am Farewell for all guests If you are not in a hurry to reach your next destination, feel free to check out and enjoy the zoo for the remainder of the day. Remember to check if any spots are available for further animal encounters before you leave.

Please keep in mind that with the continually changing government regulations regarding COVID –19 our itineraries are subject to change without notice.

** Please note, smoking is only permitted outside your room on the terrace/balcony/landing with the doors and windows closed.

Please dispose of cigarette butts correctly. For the comfort of incoming guests, any evidence of smoking found in your room will incur a cleaning fee.


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