Gir Lion Lodge - Stay over at the Zoo

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Ever wondered what it would be like to sleep over at the Zoo?

Find out for yourself with a stay at the Gir Lion Lodge, hidden away in the heart of ZSL London Zoo. 

Guests can experience ZSL London Zoo after-dark and discover what happens when visitors go home...
 

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What's included?

  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning 
  • Overnight stay in a private lodge - double or twin bed, en-suite, complimentary toiletries
  • A delicious two-course buffet dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for two day of your evening stay
  • Free car parking
  • Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences 
     

Gir Lion Lodge at ZSL London Zoo


What makes this overnight experience special?


Location

The Gir Lion Lodge is situated in extraordinary surroundings inside our Land of the Lions exhibit, where guests will bed down for the night within roaring distance of our four Asiatic lions. 

Expect to feel like you are very far away from London as you wake to the sounds of roaring lions, hooting langur monkeys and squawking parrots and flamingos. 

 

The Lodges

Inspired by the welcoming charm of hotels in the lion's native Gujarati home in India, our beautifully decorated lodges have a traditional feel and are each themed to a different animal found in the Gir forest. 

Our nine lodge cabins are cosy with either double or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. Each lodge has a private veranda so that you can sip your bedtime tea or hot chocolate whilst listening to the sounds of the Zoo at night. 

Find our more about the lodges and amenities
 

Gir Lion Lodge Accessible Lodge Interior


Animal tours 

A stay at the Gir Lion Lodge includes three special tours including a sunset tour, torchlit night tour and an early morning tour, which all take place when the Zoo is closed to the public. 

On each tour quests will enjoy private viewing of various animals around the Zoo, guided by our experiencesd hosts who will share amazing animal facts and insider secrets about what goes on at the Zoo behind the scenes. 

We like to keep what you see on our animal tours a suprise, so you won't know what animals you will see until you get here! 

Guests also get two full days access to the Zoo, with the option to explore ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on your second day.

Find out more about the animal tours 


Food and drink 

The evening includes a delicious two-course buffet dinner inside our Terrace Restraunt, as well as a complimentary drink on arrival. 

Breakfast is also included, with your choice of full English and continental options. 

Find out more about dining


Watch our Gir Lion Lodge video to discover more: 


How to book: 

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826
     

We also offer stays at the Gir Lion Lodge as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone. 
 

Book your stay at Gir Lion Lodge

 

 

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates 

Gir Lion Lodge is open from February until December 

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Price 

Lodge for 2 people from £378 per night, with each additional child place £50 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

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Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

Lodge for 2 from £378 per night, with each additional child place £50 each
 

Check availability

 

We run both Adult only and Family nights. 

The itinerary is the same on both types of night however our Host team will tailor the talks and activities on the tours for our younger guests on family nights.

Discounts are available for ZSL members, single occupancy and guests with disabilities. 

 

Adult nights

On adult only nights, guests must be ages 14 years or older.

Each lodge can accomodate a maximum of two adults (or one adult and one young adult). 


Rates

Lodge based on 2 adults sharing Prices from £378 per lodge 
(£189 per person)
Lodge single occupancy (30% discount)                   Prices from £264.60 per lodge
Wheelchair user and carer (30% discount)           Prices from £264.60 per lodge
(£132.30 per person)

ZSL members receive a 10% discount on Gir Lion Lodge. Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. Call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email

 

Family nights

On family nights children must be aged five years or older. 

Unfortunately children under five years old are not able to attend on any night. 

Each lodge can accomodate a maximum of two adults and two children. Children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed. 


Rates

Lodge based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing Prices from £428 per lodge 
(£142.67 per person)
Lodge based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing                   Prices from £478 per lodge 
(£119.50 per person)

ZSL members receive a 10% discount on Gir Lion Lodge. Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. Call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email

 

What's included?
  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning 
  • Overnight stay in a private lodge - double or twin bed, en-suite, complimentary toiletries
  • A delicious two-course buffet dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for two day of your evening stay
  • Free car parking
  • Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences 
     

Book your stay now 

 

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates 

Gir Lion Lodge is open from February until December 

Check availability >


Price 

Lodge for 2 people from £378 per night, with each additional child place £50 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

TripAdvisor

 

Lookout Lodge

Fancy escaping to the countryside instead? Lookout Lodge is an amazing overnight experience at our sister site, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Gir Lion Lodges

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

Guests staying at the Gir Lion Lodge will enjoy three educational and entertaining tours around the Zoo including a sunset tour, torch lit night tour and an early morning tour. 

Led by our experienced hosts, our tours will take you behind-the-scenes and give you an insider look at how we take care of our animals at the Zoo, and how we are working for wildlife around the world.

These tours are only available for guests staying at Gir Lion Lodge, giving you unparalleled viewing of our animals when the Zoo is closed to the public. 


Download the full experience itinerary here:

PDF icon Gir Lion Lodge Experience Itinerary (36.65 KB)


Gir Lion Lodge Night Tour

 

Upgrade your stay

Make your stay at Gir Lion Lodge even more memorable by taking part in one of our animal experiences!

Guests staying at Gir Lion Lodge get 15% off our Meet the Animals experiences. Find out which animals you can meet here

For the ultimate animal overnight experience, why not combine your stay with our Keeper for a Day experience? Gir Lion Lodge guests can enjoy this amazing experience for £199 per person (usual price £280).

Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to upgrade your stay with an animal experience. 

 

Celebrating a special occasion? 

Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday or treating yourself to a once in a lifetime experience, Gir Lion Lodge is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. 

Add a birthday cake, champagne or prosecco to your stay when you book or give us a call on 0344 225 1826 to add something special to your stay. 


Gir Lion Lodge Special Occasions

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates 

Gir Lion Lodge is open from February until December 

Check availability >


Price 

Lodge for 2 people from £378 per night, with each additional child place £50 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

TripAdvisor

 

Lookout Lodge

Fancy escaping to the countryside instead? Lookout Lodge is an amazing overnight experience at our sister site, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Gir Lion Lodges

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

Cosy lodges tucked away in the heart of the Zoo

Inspired by the welcoming charm of hotels in the lion's native Gujarati home in India, our beautifully decorated lodges have a traditional feel and are each themed to a different animal found in the Gir forest.

Our nine cosy lodge cabins have either double or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. 

Each lodge has a private veranda so that you can sip your bedtime tea or hot chocolate whilst listening to the sounds of the Zoo at night. 

 

Key facts

  • Located in Land of the Lions at ZSL London Zoo 
  • Double or twin beds (sofa bed for children on family nights)
  • Private veranda
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • Lodge for 2 from £378 per night, with each additional child place £50 each

We run both Adult only and Family nights.

On adult nights each lodge can accomodate a mximum of two adults.

On family nights each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children (or one adult and three children). Children must be between the ages of 5-13 years old. 

Please note that our accessible lodge can only accomodate a maximum of two adults and one child. 


In-room amenities

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
  • Sofa bed with linens (for children on family nights)
  • Kettle with selection of hot drinks
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet, basin and shower
  • Towels
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary toiletries


Lodges


Five double lodges are available: Langur lodge, Flamingo lodge, Oriole lodge, Parakeet lodge and Peacock lodge

Gir Lion Lodge Double Room Interior

Four twin lodges are available: Leopard lodge, Chital lodge, Sunbird lodge and Kingfisher lodge

Gir Lion Lodge Twin Room interior

 

One accessible lodge is available for guests with disabilities: Leopard lodge

This lodge is fully-accessible for wheelchairs and features a walk-in shower and more spacious bathroom facilities. 

Please note that the lodge does not have a full size sofa bed so can only accommodate a maximum of two adults and one child. 

If you would like to book the accessible lodge please discuss with us when you book. 
 

Gir Lion Lodge Accessible Lodge Interior

 

Check out a 360 degree view of Gir Lion Lodge!

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2018 Dates and Prices

Dates 

Gir Lion Lodge is open from February until December 

Check availability >


Price 

Lodge for 2 people from £378 per night, with each additional child place £50 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

TripAdvisor

 

Lookout Lodge

Fancy escaping to the countryside instead? Lookout Lodge is an amazing overnight experience at our sister site, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Gir Lion Lodges

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

Enjoy a delicious evening meal and tasy breakfast at the Gir Lion Lodge

Your stay at the Gir Lion Lodge includes a complimentary drink on arrival, delicious two-course buffet dinner and breakfast.

 

Dinner

Following your sunset tour you will make your way to the Terrace Restaurant for a buffet dinner. This is a fun dining experience which is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and fellow Gir Lion Lodge guests.

During dinner you will savour a selection of dishes which are sustainable, seasonal and sourced as locally as possible. 

PDF icon Gir Lion Lodge - Adult Menu.pdf (334.78 KB) (334.78 KB)

PDF icon Gir Lion Lodge - Children's Menu.pdf (280.57 KB) (280.57 KB)

PDF icon GLL Wine List August 2018.pdf (262.42 KB) (262.42 KB)


Gir Lion Lodge Dinner
 

Breakfast

Just before your morning tour we serve guests a tasty breakfast, to make sure you are prepared for a busy day in the zoo!

A full English breakfast, as well as continental options and hot and cold drinks are all included.

PDF icon Gir Lion Lodge - Breakfast menu.pdf (216.53 KB) (216.53 KB)

 

Special Diets

We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and a variety of allergies.

We recommend letting us know your requirements by email at least two weeks before your stay.

Alternativley you can ring us on 0344 225 1826.

Please note that we do not currently cater for Halal diets, however you are welcome to enjoy the vegetarian alternatives. 

 

 

*Menus provided are  subject to change 

Do members get a discount?

Members get a 10% discount on the first two full price places of the lodge. Members do not get a discount on the £50 child places.

Do I get a discount for single occupancy?

Single occupancy or disabled guests attending with a carer are entitled to a 30% discount on the full-paying price of two guests. This must be booked over the telephone (0344 225 1826) or via our website. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount).

Can I pay a deposit to secure my booking?
We require full payment for your stay at the time of booking. The only exception to this is if you are booking out all nine of our lodges, please call 0344 225 1826 for more information.

Can I use Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to pay for Gir Lion Lodge?

Tesco vouchers are only accepted for general admission tickets (excluding car entry) when purchased on the day of your visit at the main gate. They cannot be used as payment for Gir Lion Lodge or any other ZSL experiences.

Can I spend the day in the zoo before/after my Gir Lion Lodge stay?

You can enter ZSL London Zoo anytime from 10am on the day of your experience and stay for the full day after. You are also welcome to visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for free on the day of departure from Gir Lion Lodge (car entry is not included at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo).

Is there somewhere we can store our luggage during the day (arrival and/or departure day)?

Yes, we can safely store your bags for you at no extra cost. Further details can be found within the Guest Information Pack which you’ll receive once booked.

What are the age restrictions?

On adult only nights, young adults aged 14 years old and over, are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult. The accompanying adult must be over the age of 18 years old.
On family nights children aged 5 - 13 years old are welcome to attend. Children under 5 years old are not able to attend on any night.

Each lodge can accommodate 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child, plus a maximum of 2 additional children. The accessible lodge can accommodate 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child, plus a maximum of 1 additional child. The additional children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed and must be aged between 5 and 13 years of age. Children aged 5-13 years old must be staying in a lodge with an accompanying adult who is aged over 18 years old.

Young adults aged 14-17 years are welcome to stay in a lodge on their own but must have an accompanying adult aged over 18 years old staying in an adjacent lodge on the same night.

What will we do during the event?

Please visit the experience page.

What is in each lodge?

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
  • En-suite with toilet, basin and shower (towels are supplied)
  • Bedside table
  • Sofa bed
  • Mirror
  • Lights, a heater and two power sockets to ensure you have a cosy stay
  • Private veranda with seating so you can soak up the atmosphere and relax
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary towels, shampoo / conditioner / shower are provided
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

What do I need to bring with me?

Staying overnight at Gir Lion Lodge is an informal and relaxed experience so there is no need to dress up. We would recommend wearing comfortable warm clothing, suitable for the forecasted weather (perhaps even an extra layer for the night time torchlight tour) and sensible flat footwear is recommended. You will be provided with a torch for the torchlight tour.

Are there showers?

Each of the lodges has en-suite facilities, with a shower. Towels and basic toiletries are provided in the lodges.  We have a fully accessible lodge (twin beds) which has a walk-in shower and more spacious bathroom facilities, please let us know if you would prefer this lodge for comfort reasons.

Are we allowed to bring a birthday cake?

You are more than welcome to bring a birthday cake with you; however you are not allowed to use candles in your lodge. Please give the cake to your hosts when you check in, and we can bring it over dinner.

Is Gir Lion Lodge wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Gir Lion Lodge has a lodge which is fully-accessible for wheelchairs. This lodge has two twin beds and an accessible en-suite with shower. I can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults ( or 1 adult and 1 child) and 1 additional child, due to the size of the sofabed. Wheelchair users are able to bring along a carer and will receive a 30% discount on the full price of a lodge. Please call us on 0344 225 1826 to advise us of your requirements.

Can I bring a guest who has additional needs?

Yes, we welcome guests with additional needs. Do let us know if you are planning on bringing along a guest with additional needs by phoning 0344 225 1826 and we will do all we can to ensure that their needs are met wherever possible.

When do we need to arrive and how do we get there?

You can arrive at ZSL London Zoo anytime from 10am on your day of arrival. Guests can check into their lodges anytime between 4.30pm – 6pm (4-6pm during winter). The first tour begins at 6pm so we ask that all guests arrive before 6pm. If you arrive between 4.30pm – 6pm, guests are welcome to relax in their lodge or have a complimentary glass of prosecco whilst they explore Land of the Lions.

Is car parking included?

Yes. Car parking within the ZSL London Zoo main visitor car park is included. Please ensure you bring along your confirmation to show the kiosk at the car park.

Can children under 5 come along?

Unfortunately children under 5 are not allowed to attend on any nights. Children aged 5 – 13 years old are only allowed to attend on family friendly nights.

Can I book a birthday cake, bottle of champagne or additional child’s ticket?

Birthday cake = £38, Prosecco = £35,  Additional child’s tickets = £50

To book these extras please phone our Supporter services team on 0344 225 1826. These items need to be added at least 2 weeks before your experience.

Can guests visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on the day of departure?

Yes, guests can visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on day of departure only (not day of arrival). They need to take their Gir Lion Lodge confirmation and show this at the main gate. Car entry is not included in the price, but car parking is complimentary at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Can you cater for specialist diets?

Yes we can cater for vegetarians, vegans and a variety of allergies. We recommend notifying ZSL via email to experienceenquries@zsl.org at least 2 weeks before the experience. Alternatively you can ring 0344 225 1826.

Do you cater for Halal diets?

We do not currently cater for Halal diets however you are welcome to enjoy the vegetarian alternatives.

How does the experience differ on adult only / family friendly nights?

The experience and itinerary is the same, some adults prefer to attend without children present. The content of the talks will be tailored to whether there are children present.

Can Gir Lion Lodge guests do Keeper for a Day?

Gir Lion Lodge guests can participate on Keeper for a Day at ZSL London Zoo at a reduced rate of £199 per person. This offer only applies on the day of arrival or day of departure from Gir Lion Lodge. It is up to them whether they do K4D on day of arrival or departure at GLL, if they decide to do it on day of departure then there will be a slight overlap and will miss the morning tour on GLL. However, as they are doing K4D then they will get to do other experiences instead. To book this please phone our Supporter services department on 0344 225 1826. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount). Please note: Our Keeper for a Day experience is only available Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and participants must be aged 16 years or over. For the full terms and conditions for Keeper for a day please see zsl.org/shopping-terms 

Group bookings

Guests are welcome to book all lodges out exclusively and they are entitled to a 5% discount of all lodge places. There is no discount on the children places. If groups are not booking out the lodges exclusively, the maximum number of lodges that they can book on one night is 5 lodges. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount).

Animal encounters

We do offer Meet the animals experiences. Please see http://www.zsl.org/meet-the-animals for more details. Gir Lion Lodge guests are entitled to a 15% discount on all Meet the Animals experiences at either ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount). The Meet the Animals experience must be booked for the day or arrival or day of departure from Gir Lion Lodge. Each Meet the Animals experience have different participation restrictions, please see zsl.org/shopping-terms for full details.

Is It staffed?

Yes. Gir Lion Lodge is fully hosted. Your experienced hosts will take you on tours of the zoo, join you for dinner, organize activities for children and ensure that everyone has an amazing experience.

Any other questions?

Please email us at experienceenquires@zsl.org or call 0344 225 1826.