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The ultimate overnight experience… 

Our Lookout Lodge experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sleep next to our white rhinos and experience the zoo as no-one else gets to see it. Stay in your own private lodge, complete with all your creature comforts.

Lookout Lodge is a fantastic experience for animal lovers of all ages or those simply wanting to escape everyday life. Whipsnade is a very special place during the day but it's even more magical at night. The zoo comes alive in a way that visitors don't usually get to experience.

A fully hosted experience, your guides will enthral you with fun facts and stories about all of the animals who you will be staying with, whilst guiding you through the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe during your stay.

Have a sleepover safari at Lookout Lodge

Your experience includes:

  • 2 days free entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (or 1 day to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and 1 day to ZSL London Zoo)
  • Free car entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • A sunset tour around the zoo, led by passionate and knowledgeable hosts.
  • A delicious 2 course dinner
  • A torchlight walk through the zoo
  • 1 night’s cosy accommodation for 2 people (and up to two children aged 5-13 years on family nights) in a twin or double lodge.
  • Breakfast
  • Private morning tour around the zoo 

 

NEW FOR 2015!

Lookout Lodge guests receive a 15% discount on our Meet The Animals experiences when combining the two experiences. Please call our Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826 or see our frequently asked questions for more information.

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Booking

Lookout Lodge is open from late March until October 2015.

Prices And BooKing

 

Any questions? Please see our frequently asked questions or email experiences@zsl.org.

All of the prices displayed are based on 2 full paying guests per lodge. Discounts are available for single occupancy and disabled guests. Please see our frequently asked questions for details.

 

Lookout Lodge is a fantastic experience for animal lovers of all ages or those simply wanting to escape everyday life for a night.

Whipsnade is a very special place during the day but it's even more magical at night. The zoo comes alive in a way that visitors don't usually get to experience.

 

4.30pm

Welcome and Settle In

Your Lookout Lodge experience begins at 4.30pm when you are welcomed by our friendly and experienced host team.

(Please note you can enter ZSL Whipsnade Zoo from 10am on the day of your stay)

Enjoy a glass of bubbly and take in the fantastic views with your fellow guests before being taken to your own private lodge to settle in.

6.00pm

Sunset Tour

Embark on your first tour of the evening through the continents of Asia and Africa, visiting rhinos, bongos, lions and more.

7.00pm

Dinner

Enjoy a delicious 2 course dinner with your hosts.

Beers, wines and soft drinks available to purchase.

8.45pm

Torchlight Walk

Head out on a torchlight stroll to see who is still awake whilst searching the skies for bats.

10.00pm

Relax

Once back at your lodge relax and then enjoy a good night's sleep.

7.00am

Morning Wake Up

Be woken by the sound of lions roaring before checking out of your lodge at 7.30am and heading to breakfast.

7.45am

Breakfast

Enjoy a plentiful breakfast with fruit juices, teas and coffees to set you up for the day ahead.

8.30am

Morning Tour

Time for a tour around our European area, helping to feed some of the animals breakfast.

9.30am

Experience ends

Feel free to spend the rest of the day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or head to ZSL London Zoo.

 

 

 

 

 

Any questions? Please see our frequently asked questions or email experiences@zsl.org.

Lookout Lodge is nestled at the heart of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Look one way and you'll see our herd of white rhinos, look the other and you'll see the breathtaking views across the Chilterns.

Lodges with a wild side

Guests stay in their own private lodge, all named after some of our most popular zoo residents. There are nine lodges available, five of them have two twin beds and four have double beds. There is also a sofa bed in each lodge, which children (aged 5-13 years, can use on the family nights.

  • Twin lodge: Penguin Lodge, Elephant Lodge, Bear Lodge, Rhino Lodge and Reindeer Lodge.
  • Double lodge: Lion Lodge, Wolf Lodge, Giraffe Lodge and Hippo Lodge.

Creature comforts in each lodge:

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
  • 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 gel are provided

Bathroom and washroom facilities

There are separate female and male washing facilities each with showers and toilets. There are also toilets available for the disabled. The shower and toilets facilities are a short distance from the lodges.

Capacity

Each lodge can accommodate two adults. On family nights, a maximum of one adult and three children or two adults and two children are welcome. Children should be 5-13 years old. Over 14-years old are classified as adults.

Any questions? Please see our frequently asked questions or email experiences@zsl.org.

Lookout Lodge is open from late March until October 2015.

Please see the options below to find out more information.

All of the prices displayed are based on 2 full paying guests per lodge. Discounts are available for single occupancy and disabled guests. Please see our frequently asked questions for details.

 

Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults (or 1 adult and 1 young adult). Young adults aged 14 years old and over, are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

Adult only groups are welcome to attend on family friendly nights too.

Book Now - Adult Only Night

Please note: if your preferred date does not appear on the drop-down menu or the message 'not enough seats' appears, then it is because we have sold out on that date.

 

Children aged 5 - 13 years old are welcome to attend on family friendly nights only. Unfortunately 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 additional children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed.

The prices above are per person for the first two guests per lodge. It is the same price for 2 adults or 1 adult & 1 child. Additional children (a maximum of 2 per lodge) cost £40 each.

BOOK NOW - FAMILY FRIENDLY NIGHT

Please note: if your preferred date does not appear on the drop-down menu or the message 'not enough seats' appears, then it is because we have sold out on that date.

Any questions? Please see our frequently asked questions or email experiences@zsl.org.

What is included in the price?

Please visit the prices and bookings page: http://www.zsl.org/experiences/lookout-lodge

How much does it cost?

Please visit the prices and bookings page: http://www.zsl.org/experiences/prices-and-bookings-lookout-lodge

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 £40 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). This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount).

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

You can enter ZSL Whipsnade 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 London Zoo for free on the day of departure from Lookout Lodge (parking not included at ZSL London Zoo).

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 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:  http://www.zsl.org/experiences/lookout-lodge/the-experience-lookout-lodge  

What is in each lodge?

  • Comfortable beds with soft linen and pillows
  • Bedside table
  • Sofa bed (for children aged 5-13 years to pull out, extra linen will be supplied)
  • Mirror
  • Kettle* and tea/coffee/hot chocolate
  • Lights, a heater and a power socket 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 gel are provided
  • Bottle of water for kettle (additional drinking water available from outside tap by Keepers Lodge)

What do I need to bring with me?

Staying overnight at Lookout 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 (although Whipsnade can get much colder than normal due to its location on the Chiltern Downs). Sensible flat footwear is recommended, especially for the optional torchlight walk through the zoo. You will be provided with a torch for this walk.

Are there showers?

There are separate female and male washing facilities each with showers and toilets. There are also toilets available with disabled access. The shower and toilets facilities are a short distance from the lodges, located opposite the gate. Complimentary towels and toiletries are provided. If you have forgotten your toothbrush, please ask your hosts who can supply you with a complimentary one.

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.

Can I bring a guest who has additional needs?
Yes, we welcome participants 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 Whipsnade Zoo anytime from 10am on your day of arrival, but should head to the Lookout Lodge reception area no later than 16.45pm

Is car entry included?
Yes. Car entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is included in the price, just show your confirmation at the main gate.

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 = £45, Champagne = £42.95,  Additional child’s tickets = £40

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.

Is car parking included in the price?

Yes, the price of car entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is included in the price.

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

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

Can you cater for specialist diets?

Yes we can cater for vegetarians, vegans and a variety of allergies. We recommend notifying ZSL via www.zsl.org/participant 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 Lookout Lodge guests do Keeper for a Day?

Lookout Lodge guests can participate on Keeper for a Day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at a reduced rate of £199 per person. This offer only applies on the day of arrival or day of departure from Lookout Lodge. It is up to them whether they do K4D on day of arrival or departure at LL, if they decide to do it on day of departure then there will be a slight overlap and will miss the morning tour on LL. 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 http://www.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. It is not fair for other guests, if they book up more than this on one night. 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. Lookout Lodge guests are entitled to a 15% discount on all Meet the Animals experiences at either ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or ZSL London 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 Lookout Lodge. Each Meet the Animals experience have different participation restrictions, please see  http://www.zsl.org/shopping-terms for full details.

Any other questions?
Please email us at experiences@zsl.org or call 0344 225 1826.