African experience in Australia? This weird zoo stay will make you glad we have Kruger

2020-02-18 14:45
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There's always been a semi-friendly rivalry between South Africans and Australians - be it sports or who has the best accent.

And while we think we've got them beat when it comes to wildlife, one zoo takes the game one step further with an 'African safari' stay alongside its captive animals. 

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Australia's National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra has all the trimmings you expect from a world-class establishment - lions, tigers, giraffes, bears and more - but it has one little extra feature that might make South Africans raise an eyebrow.

Inside the zoo you'll find the Jamala Wildlife Lodge - a luxury stay that lets you sleep, bathe and dine with thick glass between you and their animals.

"Jamala Wildlife Lodge offers you the opportunity of experiencing the thrill of close encounters with some of the world’s most dangerous and endangered animals, as well as relaxing in the unique atmosphere of its three individually designed five-star accommodation hubs - Giraffe Treehouses, Jungle Bungalows and uShaka Lodge," says their website.

And their main luxury suites are African-inspired, aiming to recreate a safari experience in the heart of an Australian city.

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For the Jungle Bungalows, you can request a specific animal to 'share' your room with, although this depends on availability.

In the uShaka lodge, you can even get a room with your very own aquarium. 

"Please note there is also a chance that guests may experience some disruption during the night as the animals move about their enclosures e.g. the lions may roar throughout the night."

In South Africa, if you hear the roar of a lion while sleeping that sentence would have a whole different meaning.

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