Nature Night Camping at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Back for 2018, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is excited to bring you an overnight experience like no other, Nature Night Camping!

Have you ever wanted to know what animals get up to at night? Now’s your chance with Nature Night Camping at the Zoo.

Pitch your tent on our main lawn and spend the evening discovering what both native and exotic animals get up to at night. Learn what to look for when tracking them down before going on a torchlight expedition around the Zoo to see what you can find and who is still awake!

Running on selected dates in 2018, there are limited tickets available for this exciting experience, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Nature Night Camping will take place from 6.30pmovernight until 10am, when you will then be free to spend the day in the Zoo, after you’ve packed up your tent of course. This is a family friendly event and children must be aged 5 years or older to take part.


Included in your Nature Night:

  • Exclusive animal tracking activity
  • Torchlight expedition around the Zoo to see who is still awake
  • Unique morning tour before the Zoo opens
  • Free entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (on day of departure)
  • Free car entry (for night of sleepover and day of departure)
  • Flat grass pitch for your tent
  • Breakfast roll and a drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, apple or orange juice)


What to expect from your sleepover:


Arrive at the Main Entrance, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Your hosts will welcome you and direct you to your parking area.


Head to the lawn and pitch your tent!

It’s a two minute walk from the car park.


Welcome talk

Your hosts will run through the itinerary for the evening, all health and safety information plus answer any questions.


Animal Tracking

Discover what to look out for when tracking animals and then put your tracking skills to the test in some fun challenges!



Enjoy your dinner (either bring your own or purchase a pizza from our Base Camp Pizzeria. Please note BBQ’s and Stoves are not allowed.) A range of drinks and snacks will also be availble to purchase on the night from the Base Camp Pizzeria.


Torchlight expedition

Explore the Zoo and see who is still awake. Make sure you bring a torch!


Back to camp


Prepare for bed


Lights off and sleep


Wake up to the sounds of the animals nearby


Pack down camp



Provided as part of your ticket.


Morning tour

Explore one of our exhibits before the Zoo opens



You are welcome to stay in the Zoo for the day (entry is included in your ticket price)


What previous guests thought:

"Exceptional treat for our kids. The staff were brilliant"

"The experience was fantastic. The staff were very welcoming & knowledgeable & both the tours were fantastic. We all had a great time!"

"A big thank you to the 3 ladies who lead the camp, they were very friendly, approachable and great with the kids."

"All presenters were amazing, they were friendly, informative and also was happy to help. They made everyone feel at easy and they are a credit to the zoo."

"The experience was fantastic and we all really enjoy our night at the zoo."

African lions at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Lions....just one of the animals that you can expect to see on your camping experience!


  • £75 for non-members
  • £67.50 for ZSL members (Discount will be applied at checkout)

Please note: Children must be aged five years or above to take part. If you have any questions please call the team on 0344 225 1826 or email

Upgrade your stay

You can bring your own dinner with you (no BBQs or stoves are allowed) or you can purchase a delicious Pizza dinner from our Base Camp Pizzeria!

For just £12 per person our dinner upgrade includes:

  • 1 freshly made 9' pizza with a choice of 3 different topping combinations
  • Fresh green salad
  • Soft drink

This addition can be selected at checkout.

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