The ultimate overnight experience…
A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as no-one else gets to see it. This is your chance to sleep next to our white rhinos and find out what our animals get up to at night.
Led by our experienced host team, you will be taken to visit some of our animals and find out all about what they like to get up to once all our visitors go home. After refulling with a delicious dinner you will have the option to explore on a torchlight walk to who likes to stay up late and who has already gone to bed!
Your experience includes
- Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, by torchlight and in the morning
- Amazing animal feeds
- Two days access to the Zoo, with the option to explore ZSL London Zoo on your second day
- A delicious two-course dinner
- Full English breakfast
- A night’s stay in a cosy lodge
- Complimentary drink on arrival
- Free car entry at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Lookout Lodge is a fantastic experience for animal lovers of all ages or those simply wanting to escape everyday life for a night.
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.
Embark on your first tour of the evening through the continents of Asia and Africa, visiting rhinos, bongos, lions and more.
Enjoy a delicious 2 course dinner with your hosts.
Beers, wines and soft drinks available to purchase.
Head out on a torchlight stroll to see who is still awake whilst searching the skies for bats.
Once back at your lodge relax and then enjoy a good night's sleep.
Morning Wake Up
Be woken by the sound of lions roaring before checking out of your lodge at 7.30am and heading to breakfast.
Enjoy a plentiful breakfast with fruit juices, teas and coffees to set you up for the day ahead.
Time for a tour around our European area, helping to feed some of the animals breakfast.
Feel free to spend the rest of the day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or head to ZSL London Zoo.
Make you experience even more memorable by including one of our animal experiences!
Lookout Lodge guests can participate in our Keeper for a Day experience for £199 per person.
Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to book or find more information here
If you have a favourtie animal you could add on one of our Meet the Animals experiences instead with 15% off advertised prices for Lookout Lodge guests.
Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to book or find more information here
Celebrating a special occasion?
Add a Birthday cake, Champagne or Prosecco to your order at checkout or give the team a call on 0344 225 1826 to add this on to your booking.
Lodges with a wild side
Guests stay in their own private lodge, all named after some of our most popular animals. There are nine lodges available, five of them have 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.
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.
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.
Facilities in each lodge:
- Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
- Bedside table
- Sofa bed with soft linen and pillows (for children aged 5-13 years)
- Coat Hooks
- Kettle with tea, coffee and hot chocolate
- Lights, a heater and two power sockets to ensure you have a cosy stay
- Veranda with seating so you can soak up the atmosphere and relax
- Hair dryer
- Towels are provided for each guest
Lookout Lodge is open from late March until October. All of the prices displayed are based on two full paying guests per lodge. Discounts are available for single occupancy and disabled guests.
We run both adult only and family friendly nights. On adult only nights participants must be aged 14 years or older and on family friendly nights children must be aged 5 years or older.
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 friendly nights.
Lodge based on 2 adults sharing
Prices from £298 per lodge (£149 per person)
Lodge based on 2 adults + 1 child sharing
Prices from £338 per lodge (£112.70 per person)
Lodge based on 2 adults + 2 children sharing
Prices from £378 per lodge (£94.50 per person)
Single lodge occupancy (30% discount)
Prices from £208.60 per lodge
Wheelchair user + carer (30% discount)
Prices from £208.60 per lodge (£104.30 per person)
ZSL member (10% discount)
Prices from £268.20 per lodge (£134.10 per person)
Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other.
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.
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.
Lookout Lodge gift vouchers are are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. They are £418 for an adult only voucher or £498 for a family friendly voucher. Please call our Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826 to purchase.
Do members get a discount?
Members get a 10% discount on full priced lodge tickets.This discount is automatically applied at checkout when you sign in using the email address that your membership is registered under.
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 can be booked online by selecting the relevant ticket type.
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 Lookout Lodge?
Tesco vouchers are only accepted for general admission tickets (excluding car entry) when purchased on the day of you visit at the main gate. They cannot be used as payment for Lookout Lodge or any other ZSL experiences.
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).
I am arriving by public transport, is there anywhere for me to leave my bags before check in?
When you arrive at the zoo please speak to our admissions team who will be able to store your bags for you. The host team will them collect them as drop them at you lodge after check in. This is only available for Lookout Lodge guests.
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.
Can you sleep 2 adults and 3 children in 1 lodge?
Each lodge can accommodate 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child, plus a maximum of 2 additional children. If you are a family of 5 you will need to purchase 2 lodges, 1 lodge for 2 adults and 2 children and 1 lodge as single occupancy. You can then split your group across both lodges as you choose.
What will we do during the event?
Please visit the experience page.
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. We do not have a disabled accessible shower. The shower and toilets facilities are a short distance from the lodges. Towels 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.
Is Lookout Lodge wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Lookout Lodge has a double lodge and a twin lodge that has level access for wheelchair users. Wheelchair users are able to bring along a carer and will receive a 30% discount on the full price of a lodge. This can be booked online by selecting the relevant ticket type. Please call us on 0344 225 1826 to advise us of any specific requirements that you may have. If no wheelchiar ticket is displayed then we have sold our wheelchair accessible lodges already.
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 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org phoning 0344 225 1826 and we will do all we can to ensure that their needs are met wherever possible. Guests who need a a carer are entitled to 30% discount on the full priced lodge ticket. If the main guest does not need a wheelchair accessible lodge please select the single occupancy ticket and in the participant details box please put the names of both guests and that one is acting as a carer.
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 prosecco?
Birthday cake = £45, Champagne = £42.95, Prosecco = £25
To book these extras either select at checkout or 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 cater for vegetarians and vegans as standard. If you have any other specific dietary requirements we request that you notify us during the booking process via the participant information form, via email to email@example.com or by calling 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 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. We do alos have a children's menu available.
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. Read the full terms and conditions for Keeper for a Day.
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).
We do offer Meet the animals experiences. 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 our terms for full details.
Any other questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0344 225 1826.
See what previous visitors are saying about Lookout Lodge on TripAdvisor
“Private tours with guides to give you insight into the animals and the workings of the zoo. A chance to see the animals behaviour in different hours of the day & night.” Ozzy150, stayed March 2017
“A wonderful experience, we thoroughly enjoyed it all! The guides were very informative, enthusiastic and friendly. The food was very good and plentiful. The lodges are spotless, cosy and warm. The animal encounters were wonderful.” Tracy J, stayed October 2016
“We had an unforgettable experience and whole heartedly recommend it.” Aldo28, stayed September 2016
“We recently returned from a birthday surprise and I cannot express just how good this experience is! I booked it as a surprise for my husband’s 50th and it is worth every penny.” Muppetfan-essex, stayed August 2016
“Whipsnade Zoo is an amazing place anyway. Staying at one of the Lookout Lodges overnight just adds to the magic.” Toonist, stayed August 2016
“Just waking up to the unusual sounds and atmosphere of being within the zoo alone with few others as the sun rises is breathtaking. Would do again in a heartbeat.” Dominator_91, stayed August 2016
“Absolutely brilliant experience but now feeling a little guilty for not taking the grandchildren so we will definitely be going back with them. I would recommend this to anyone, best birthday present I've had for a long time.” Chrissie1907, stayed August 2016
Here's what industry experts made of our amazing overnight experience, Lookout Lodge!
Daily Telegraph: "We chugged through Africa, descending every so often to meet its denizens: the bongos – browsing antelope from the central highlands, toffee-coloured with narrow white stripes and lyre horns – milling around like a bowl of Victorian sweets; the meerkats, perched on a concrete termite mound, as charming and alert as their television cousins; waterbuck, oryx, the lazy lions."
Daily Mail: "I am in Giraffe Lodge, one of eight small but smart wooden cabins known collectively as Lookout Lodge, set on the edge of Whipsnade park overlooking the Chiltern Downs. Dumping my bags, I join the other visitors quaffing champagne in the late sunshine to hear about the evening's activities: an hour-and-a-half drive through the zoo's rolling enclosures, followed by a barbecue and ending with a torchlit tour back to our cabins."
Explore acres and acres of epic adventure at the UK’s biggest zoo.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo brings you closer to nature, with stunning scenery and herd-fulls of huge outdoor enclosures overlooking the beautiful Chiltern Downs. During your overnight stay at Lookout Lodge, we will try and see as many animals as possible. You're also welcome to spend the day after the experience in the zoo so you can track down any that we missed!
Please see below for some of our most popular animals, and remember to keep a lookout for them all during your stay at Lookout Lodge!