Lookout Lodge - Sleepover at the Zoo

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Experience ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at night with a stay at Lookout Lodge

Guests will experience ZSL Whipsnade Zoo after-dark and find out what our animals get up to at night...

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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 beds
  • A delicious two-course dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and ZSL London Zoo for two day of your evening stay
  • Free car entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
  • Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences 

 

What makes this overnight experience special?


Location

Lookout Lodge is situated in extraordinary surroundings overlooking the beautiful Chiltern Downs. 

Your neighbours for the evening include our herd of white rhinos and reindeer, who luckily are some of our quieter animals at the zoo, so won't keep you up in the night. However, in the morning some of our noisier resisdents like to make themselves heard, so don't be surprised if you wake up to the sound of peckish penguins, honking flamingos or roaring tigers! 

 

The Lodges

Our cosy lodges have everything you need for a comfortable night's stay at the Zoo and are each named after an animal you can find at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

Our nine lodge cabins come with either double or twin beds and 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 out more about the lodges and amenities >
 

Wooden lodges in grassy area

Animal tours

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

On each tour guests will enjoy private viewing of various animals around the Zoo, guided by our experienced host team 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 tours a surprise, so that 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 London Zoo on your second day! 

Find out more about the tours >

A member of staff talking to guests

Dining

The evening includes a delicious two-course dinner, 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 food and drink >

How to book

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

Book your stay

 

2022 Dates and Prices

Dates

Fancy staying in the Lookout Lodge? See available dates here


Price

Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

Please note: ZSL Gold members, Patrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please enter your CRM ID in the Offer Code box.

Book online here
 

Visual Story

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Any questions?

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

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 Gold members, Patrons and Fellows, single occupancy and guests with disabilities. 

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 beds
  • A delicious two-course dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and ZSL London Zoo for two day of your evening stay
  • Free car entry
  • Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences 

Book your stay now 

Adult nights 

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

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

 

Lodge based on 2 adults sharing

Prices from £298 per lodge (£149 per person)

Lodge single occupancy
(30% discount)

Prices from £208.60 per lodge
Wheelchair user and carer
(30% discount)
Prices from £208.60 per lodge (£104.30 per person)

Please note: ZSL Gold Members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please enter your CRM ID in the Offer Code box.

 

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 accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children. Children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed. 

 

Lodge based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing  

Prices from £338 per lodge 
(£112.70 per person)

Lodge based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing

Prices from £378 per lodge 
(£94.50 per person)

Please note: ZSL Gold members, Patrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. This discount will be added automatically at checkout when you sign in using your registered email address. If you are having problems please call us on  0344 225 1826.

     

     

       

      2022 Dates and Prices

      Dates

      Fancy staying in the Lookout Lodge? See available dates here


      Price

      Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

      Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


      Gift Vouchers

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


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

      A member of staff pouring prosecco
      Guests staying at the Lookout Lodge will enjoy three entertaining and educational  tours around the Zoo including a sunset tour, torch-lit night tour and a morning tour.

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

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

      4.30pm

      Check in

      Your Lookout Lodge experience begins at 4.30pm when you are welcomed by our friendly and experienced host team. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and take in the fantastic views while you settle in to your lodge.

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

      6.00pm

      Sunset Tour

      Embark on your first tour of the evening through the continents of Africa and Asia.

      7.30pm

      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.

      9.45pm

      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 some of our noiser residents before checking out of your lodge at 7.45am and heading to breakfast.

      8.00am

      Breakfast

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

      8.45am

      Morning Tour

      Time for a tour around our European area

      10.00am

      The End

      As the Zoo opens to the public, feel free to spend the rest of the day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or head to ZSL London Zoo.

      Please be advised our tours are walking tours, each of around a mile in length. Please see our FAQs page for more information.  

      ZSL staff member talking to guests

      Lookout lodge guests viewing southern white rhinos
      Upgrade your stay:

      Make you stay at Lookout Lodge even more memorable by taking part in one of our animal experiences!

      Guests staying at Lookout Lodge get 15% off our entire 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. Lookout Lodge guests can enjoy this amazing experience for £199 per person (usual price £295).

      To add these experiences, please add at checkout or contact See Tickets to add to an exisiting order.

       

      Mum and son feeding the giraffes for Meet the Giraffes experience


      Celebrating a special occasion?

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

      Add a Birthday cakeChampagne or Prosecco to your stay at checkout or contact See Tickets to add to an existing booking.

       

      2022 Dates and Prices

      Dates

      Fancy staying in the Lookout Lodge? See available dates here


      Price

      Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

      Book online here
       

      Any questions?

      Please see our frequently asked questions


      Our cosy lodges have everything you need for a comfortable night's stay at the Zoo and are each named after an animal you can find at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

      Our nine lodge cabins come with either double or twin beds and 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 next to the reindeer and white rhinos at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
      • Double or twin beds (sofa bed for children on family nights)
      • Private veranda
      • Separate male and female toilet and shower facilities a short walk from the lodges (please note that whilst we have an accessible toilet we do not have a fully accessible shower). 
      • Lodge for 2 from £298 per night, with each additional child place £40 each

       

      View across Chiltern Hills

       

      We run both Adult only and Family nights. 

      On adult only nights each lodge can accommodate a maximum 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 accommodate 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
      • Towels
      • Hair dryer


      Lodges


      Four double lodges are available: Lion lodge, Wolf lodge, Giraffe lodge and Hippo lodge. 

      Interior view of a double lodge


      Five twin lodges are available: Penguin lodge, Elephant lodge, Bear lodge and Reindeer lodge.

      Interior view of a twin lodge

      2022 Dates and Prices

      Dates

      Fancy staying in the Lookout Lodge? See available dates here


      Price

      Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

      Book online here
       

      Any questions?

      Please see our frequently asked questions

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

      Food being brought to guests staying on Lookout Lodge

      Dinner

      This is a fun dining experience which is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and fellow Lookout Lodge guests. 

      Please note that drinks are not included. A selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks will be available to purchase on the night. 

      Please check back in March 2023 for our 2023 dinner menus. 

      Sample menus from 2022 can be found below. 

      Lookout Lodge Adult Menu 2022

      Lookout Lodge Kids Menu 2022

      Lookout Lodge Allergen Information 2022

      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. 

       

      Special Diets 

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

      We recommend letting us know your requirements in advance by email (experienceenquiries@zsl.org) at least two weeks before your stay. 

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

       

       

      Dates and Prices

      Dates

      Fancy staying in the Lookout Lodge? See available dates here


      Price

      Lodge for 2 people from £349 per night, with an additional child place £50 each

      Book online here


      Any questions?

      Please see our frequently asked questions

      Find our frequently asked questions here. 

      If you have any questions not answered here please email us at experienceenquiries@zsl.org 

      Booking Your Lookout Lodge Stay

      Do ZSL Members get a discount?

      ZSL Gold Members, Fellows and Patrons get a 10% discount on full priced lodge tickets. Please enter your CRM ID in the Offer Code box. ZSL Silver Members do not get any discount.

      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. 

      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.

      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 also have a children's menu available.

      Age Restrictions

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

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

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

      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 two adults and three children in one lodge?

      Each lodge can accommodate two adults or one adult and one child, plus a maximum of two additional children. If you are a family of five you will need to book two lodges, one lodge for two adults and two children and one lodge as single occupancy. You can then split your group across both lodges as you choose.

      Can children under five come along?

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

      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 also have a children's menu available.

      Accessibility

      How long are the walks?

      The Lookout Lodge experience is designed so that everyone can fully participate. Each tour consists of roughly 1 hour of walking and standing at enclosures, we will always use our concrete paths and we like to take our time moving around to make the most of the surroundings. The route is fairly flat with only one hill but if you feel either a wheelchair or mobility scooter would be useful to support your journey around the zoo you can hire one free of charge (refundable deposit required) please contact the retail shop on 01582 871517 or email us at experienceenquiries@zsl.org.

      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 email us on experienceenquiries@zsl.org to advise us of any specific requirements that you may have. If no wheelchair ticket is displayed then we have sold our wheelchair accessible lodges for your selected date.

      There are also toilets available with disabled access. We do not have a disabled accessible shower.

      Can I bring a guest who has additional needs?

      Of course guests with additional needs are welcome. By notifying us in advance about a guest with additional needs participating in the experience our team will be able to ensure we have prepared any arrangements we are able to make to help support their visit with us. Guests who need a carer are entitled to a 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. Please contact us on experienceenquiries@zsl.org to notify us of any additional needs so we can do all we can to ensure that their needs are met wherever possible. 

      Do you have a visual story available for the Lookout Lodge experience?

      Yes, absolutely. If you would find a visual story helpful to support your Lookout Lodge experience, you can download our visual story here.

      Catering

      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 experienceenquiries@zsl.org.

      Do you cater for Halal diets?

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

      Can I book a birthday cake, bottle of champagne or prosecco?

      Absolutely. Birthday cake = £48.50, Champagne = £49.95,  Prosecco = £23.95

      To book these extras either select at checkout. These items need to be added at least two weeks before your experience. To add to an exisiting booking please contact See Tickets.

      Your Stay at Lookout Lodge

      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 also have a children's menu available.

      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).

      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.

      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.

      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. 

      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 book a birthday cake, bottle of champagne or prosecco?

      Absolutely. Birthday cake = £48.50, Champagne = £49.95,  Prosecco = £23.95

      To book these extras either select at checkout. These items need to be added at least two weeks before your experience. To add to an exisiting booking please contact See Tickets.

      How long are the walks?

      The Lookout Lodge experience is designed so that everyone can fully participate. Each tour consists of roughly 1 hour of walking and standing at enclosures, we will always use our concrete paths and we like to take our time moving around to make the most of the surroundings. The route is fairly flat with only one hill but if you feel either a wheelchair or mobility scooter would be useful to support your journey around the zoo you can hire one free of charge (refundable deposit required) please contact the retail shop on 01582 871517 or email us at experienceenquiries@zsl.org.

      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 area no later than 5.00pm. Your Hosts will be ready to check you in from 4:30pm. 

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

      What COVID-19 guidance do you have?

      We appreciate that some visitors may be more confident than others with the most recent COVID-19 guidance. Our experience mostly takes place outside, and due to the size of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo there is plenty of space available to distance on tours if you would like to. If you feel there is anything we can do to help make your stay more comfortable please contact us on experienceenquiries@zsl.org.

      I have friends or family staying at Lookout Lodge, can I add anything special for them? 

      If you would like to send any decorations, cards or flowers etc. for our Host Team to place in the Lodge for you, please contact us on experiences@zsl.org.

      Am I able to send decorations in for someone to decorate my lodge before my stay?

      Absolutely. If you are celebrating something special for your visit to Lookout Lodge and would like the Host team to decorate your lodge for you for your arrival then please get in touch with us on experiences@zsl.org (please note any decorations need to be sent to us in advance of your stay).

      Arrival at Whipsnade 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 and drop them at your lodge after check in. This is only available for Lookout Lodge guests.

      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 area no later than 5.00pm.

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

      Adding other experiences to your stay

      Can Lookout Lodge guests do Keeper for a Day?

      Lookout Lodge guests can participate on Keeper for a Day (K4D) 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 (LL). 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 book at checkout, or to add to an existing booking please contact See Tickets. 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.

      Animal encounters

      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.

      Group Bookings

      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 five 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).