If you’re a regular visitor to Werribee Zoo then Sunset Safari is a whole new way to experience this amazing place!
Sunset Safari is a new after-hours event held at Werribee Zoo on Friday and Saturday nights from November 2018 through to March 2019. It’s modelled on the kind of safari experience that you might have in Africa. We are invited to the launch of the event.
While Sunset Safari is not really targeted towards kids (hence there is no kids price), kids such as 7yo Lady AB who have the stamina for a 2.5-3 hour evening event will love it!
Every night all participants are split into groups, with each group enjoying either dinner, a performance or safari bus tour. If you do visit with kids then on booking (or on arrival) ask to have dinner with the first group, otherwise you could be waiting until 7pm to eat.
The night starts with a complimentary drink on arrival at the pop-up bar. We are then invited to share an African-inspired buffet dinner at the Meerkat Bistro. This is a set menu that caters to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dietary requirements and I’d say all the food is suitable for kids.
I enjoy the North African inspired chicken tagine and sweet potato and lentil burger, Lady AB tries the Turkish bread with hummus, chargrilled corn cobs, the spinach, cucumber and mango salad.
And of course the chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries and marshmallows!
We are then shepherded to an open grass area where we enjoy an African dance and music performance.
Our final experience is the highlight. A tour of the savannah as the sun is setting, getting up close and personal to rhinos, giraffes and zebras.
How is this different to the normal Werribee Zoo safari bus tour? The animals are often more active at sunset and because the keepers are feeding them during the tours they get VERY close to the bus and move as a herd.
Note that there are no adults and children’s prices. That means that Sunset Safari is an expensive experience if you’re bringing along the whole family. But think of it this way – it’s still cheaper and less hassle than taking a flight to Africa! You also get so close to the animals that it’s unlikely you’ll be able to experience the same closeness in the wild.
Plus proceeds from Sunset Safari help Zoos Victoria support one of its international conservation partners Rhino Fund Uganda. So you can help fight wildlife extinction and experience Werribee Open Range Zoo in a new light.