National Zoo & Aquarium

Meet giraffes, rhinos, zebras, cheetahs and many more….

The objective:

To instill a sense of wonder for the wild species of Africa. Many African species face well known threats, so learn all about these amazing animals and how we can act to help them before it’s too late!

The experience:

Join us for a 90-minute journey through the wilds of Africa. Meet our gentle giants, the rhinoceros and experience the texture of their skin and feel dwarfed as you feed out the giraffe’s breakfast. Hear the chirp of a cheeky cheetah and see the distinctive trot of a zebra as they delicately receive some carrot treats.

The impact:

Take away photos and memories to last a lifetime and share with friends. Every participant becomes an advocate to protect these beautiful species.

The reason:

The fastest land animal on earth, the cheetah, is also the fastest disappearing big cat in Africa. In 2016 giraffes silently slipped onto the ICUN Red List and the northern white rhino is nominally extinct with only two females left in the world. The time to appreciate and learn to protect these species is now.

The outcome – $1,000,000!!

Through tour and encounter revenue, during the last 3 years the National Zoo and Aquarium and Jamala Wildlife Lodge have donated over $1,000,000 in cash and kind to various animal conservation and welfare groups, along with charities, in Australia and worldwide. Your support of the encounters helps us maintain this and you can also donate directly to a number of animal causes by clicking on the link:

Special notes

You will be entering the home of our resident animals, so please understand that they have the right to participate or not participate in any encounter and their wishes will always take priority. The animals are not restrained in any way and are free to leave the encounter if they choose.

You will learn about the animals, their habits, habitats, special abilities and their vulnerability in the wild and how you can help them


Book both the Awesome Roarsome & African Savannah Safari Tours on the same day and get 20% off the total!!!


Book six or more people and get 25% off!!!

All tours can be scaled and adapted to larger groups. Book 10 or more for a personal guide and the ability to adjust times and itineraries to suit your group. Reach out to [email protected].

African Savannah Safari
Days Available every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time 9:30am
Maximum People 12 people
Minimum Age 6 years - must be accompanied by a paying adult if under 16 years.
Length 90 Minutes
Adult Cost $130 per person Weekdays or $155 Weekend and School/Public holidays.
Child Cost $50 per person Weekdays or $70 Weekend and School/Public holidays.
Groups of 6+ adults 25% off!
Zoo Entry Fee Free
Booking Book your tour today
Restrictions Please see Things You Need To Know
Questions? Please see our FAQs
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

We are open every day except Christmas day 9.30am until 5.00pm

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