Sunset Safari - enjoy the Zoo at sundown

23 Jun 2018 18:00

Slow down, step back and see things differently with Sunset Safari at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on Saturday 23 June from 6pm to 10pm.

Our feel-good evening is back for one night only at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo giving you the chance to enjoy the Zoo after hours!

See our animals in a different light; chill with penguins, visit our majestic lion pride and spot our cheetahs in the half light.

Take in the unique atmosphere, watch animal feeds and spend quality time with friends and family against a backdrop of music and street artists.

Top must-dos

  • Enjoy animal feeds & talks

  • Feast on delicious street food*

    Fish & Chips, Rotisserie, Delectable Greek Souvlaki Wraps from Foodtopia, Wraps & indian BBQ from Peckish, Vegan sausages and burgers, Dogs & 'Shakes, Coffees and Crepes, Barrel Bar, Oranka Juice Bar, Pimms, Maldon Sausages

  • Take a safari truck tour*

  • Soak up live music

  • Discover our Birds of the World

  • Take a tour of our Centre for Elephant Care* (scroll down for how to book)

  • Ride the Jumbo Express steam train*

  • Take in live entertainment

  • Get your face painted*

  • See what our animals get up to after hours

  • Take a photo with our giant comic book frames

*Extra costs apply. Please note there are no cashpoints on site and that the majority of experiences and food stalls are cash only. Activities, food offerings and entertainment are subject to change and availability.

Online, Adult £21.60
Online, Child (3-15 years) £15.70
Online, Group Adult (for groups of 10+) £19.44
Online, Group Child (for groups of 10+) £14.13
Members & Fellows, Adult £16.55
Members & Fellows, Child £12.05
Under 3 years FREE (no ticket required)



Sunset Safari 2017 reviews

[We had] the freedom to walk about and go to as many or as few talks/events as wanted. There was not [a] timetable or route you had to stick to. It was great."

We greatly enjoyed our evening and are planning to return next year"

The fact that it was out of Zoo hours and the animals were enjoying the last bit of sunshine for the day, the lionesses were all taking in the last rays before sundown... Perfect time of day!"

[Our favourite part was] seeing the animals in the evening when they are being fed. The talks are very informative and the atmosphere is lovely.”

There was a lovely atmosphere with the entertainment at Base Camp and visiting on a summer evening was very relaxing”


Behind the Scenes of the Centre for Elephant Care

Join our keepers as they take you behind the scenes of our Centre for Elephant Care; our herd's custom-designed home. Learn about the husbandry and cheeky personality traits of our enormous elephants during this 30 minute tour.

Limited ticket availability, tours run at 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm. Purchase your tickets online in advance to make sure you don’t miss out. Any remaining tickets will be available to purchase at the Visitor Centre on the night.

Tour starts from the Meeting Point at the Centre for Elephant Care; please arrive 10 minutes before your tour begins. Please note buggies cannot be taken on the tour, a buggy park area will be provided at the Centre for Elephant Care.

Tour length: 30 mins

Price: Adult - £15 / Child - £10, Member Adult - £13.50 / Member Child - £9 (under 3’s free – no ticket required)

Capacity: 30 people per tour

Tour times: 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm

Please note, tour tickets must be purchased in addition to a Sunset Safari ticket. 



Upgrade your visit to our VIP Sunset Safari Package including a stay at Lookout Lodge - NOW SOLD OUT

What’s included in the VIP package:

  • Entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo from 10am.

  • Free car entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

  • Welcome drink on check in at your lodge.

  • 1 night’s cosy accommodation for 2 people (and up to two children aged 5-13 years) in a twin or double lodge.

  • Food vouchers to use at one of the many food stall available on the evening.

  • Entry to Sunset Safari.

  • Complimentary ride on the Jumbo Express.

  • A torchlight walk through the zoo back to your lodge.

  • Full English breakfast.

  • Private morning tour with the chance to help feed some of our animals their breakfast.

  • Spend the following day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or ZSL London Zoo.

Our VIP experience has now sold out for 2018.