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Per Night Twin Share
Save up to 10% on Two Night Stays or Longer Offer

Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra

Discover Canberra’s first luxury lodge experience, the ultimate in overnight safari’s, located at the National Zoo & Aquarium.

  • Enjoy 10% off the all-inclusive room rate for any stay of 2 nights or longer in the same room.

Important Terms
  • Blackout dates may apply.
  • Advertised rates are standard nightly rates without the 10% discount added.
  • Advertised rates are based on mid-week travel.
  • Advance reservation required.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes unless otherwise stated.
  • Advertised price includes any bonus nights, special offers or discounts listed in the inclusions.
  • Surcharges may apply due to demand, Christmas & New Year's Eve, school or public holidays, trade shows, special events & other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Prices may be based on Dynamic Rates and as such, may fluctuate at anytime without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases, or at the property's discretion.

Nightly Rates

Rates per room in an uShaka Lodge start from $1,150 per night twin share (7 suites in this magnificent residence).


Rates per room in a Giraffe Treehouse start from $1,450 per night twin share (6 suites within a private enclosure).


Rates per room in a Jungle Bungalow start from $2,125 per night twin share (5 magnificent individual suites adjoining different enclosures).



Please note: Advertised rates are based on mid-week travel. Advance reservation required. Blackout dates may apply.


Family Nights Offer

Travel Dates 2020: 28Feb / 27Mar / 24Apr / 29May / 26Jun / 31Jul / 28Aug / 25Sep / 30Oct / 27Nov / 18Dec

Jamala’s special “Family Fridays” cater for families with children 4 years and older. Kids enjoy an earlier meal time then go on a fun Aquarium tour with one of thjeir Guides while mum and dad enjoy their meal. Available for stays in the Giraffe Treehouses or uShaka Lodge rooms only.


Save up to 10%: Two Night Stays or Longer Offer*

Enjoy 10% off the all-inclusive room rate for any stay of 2 nights or longer in the same room.

*Minimum stay of 2 nights required.


Rates Include:

  • Luxurious Accommodations
  • Tours: Jamala Wildlife Lodge offers exclusive tours for lodge guests included in the rate. The itinerary is designed to allow guests the opportunity to meet some of the beautiful residents at scheduled times while still allowing you time to relax in your room. Jamala will endeavour to introduce you to as many of the following animals as possible: lion, tiger, cheetah, brown bear, sun bear, otter, meerkat, monkey, lemur, rhino, hyena, painted dog, giraffe, zebra, antelope and others.
    • Afternoon Tour: The Afternoon Tour takes you out into the Zoo with the talented keepers to meet some of their favourite animals and learn interesting facts about them.
    • Early Morning Expedition: The Early Morning Expedition takes you backstage to experience the Zoo as it awakens and prepares for the day. Your morning tour does change daily depending on what is happening in the zoo but you will be able to experience a number of animals ‘in action’.


Please note: The above tours may change depending on zoo happenings, weather and group dynamics.

*Rates are subject to availability and changes without notice. Rate are based on the lowest available and may differ at time of booking. Other travel dates may be available at an additional cost.
For more information and other conditions please confirm with our Travel Specialists at time of booking.


Giraffe Treehouses

The Giraffe Treehouses are set amongst lush surroundings allowing guests to overlook and wander freely amongst a friendly herd of animals in a private enclosure. At the end of your afternoon tour, you will have the opportunity to feed one of our resident giraffes, ‘Hummer’, from either your balcony or in his enclosure (he decides where, but nearly always from your balcony!). All Treehouses feature king beds, bath tubs,  bath robes, optional climate control, fold out sofa bed, complimentary wireless internet, music system with MP3 input, television with complimentary Foxtel and premium amenities.  Additional bedding utilises a double pull out sofa bed. All giraffe Treehouses have 6-8 stairs. 



Jungle Bungalows

The Jungle Bungalows are luxurious individual suites adjoining a variety of enclosures throughout the property. A glass wall is all that will separate you from a pride of lions, cheetahs, tiger, brown bears or a Malayan sun bear! Regardless of whether you are relaxing in your lounge area, resting in bed or taking a leisurely bath, you will only be a heartbeat away from these amazing creatures. All rooms feature king beds,  bath robes, indulgent bath tubs, optional climate control, complimentary wireless internet, music system with MP3 input, television with complimentary Foxtel and premium amenities. Additional bedding utilises a double pull out sofa bed.

When making a booking you have the option of giving a preference for which animal will be outside your room. It is not possible to allocate you a specific Jungle Bungalow animal as this depends on:

  •  Which animals are in the relevant enclosures
  • Families with children have to be allocated specific rooms
  • Earlier bookings may have given the same preferences
  • Some guests have mobility issues and need the bungalow with least steps
  • Some visitors may be staying over from the previous night



uShaka Lodge

A beautiful 7 room lodge with a stunning lounge and dining area, pool, spa and tropical gardens, all of which are reserved **for the fortunate few who stay in uShaka Lodge. This is the owners’ former residence and has varying room sizes and designs. Your adventure starts in the living area, with a magnificent shark tank extending from one end to the other and with three of the coolest Colobus monkeys watching you from the other side! From the minute you walk in the door you will be transported to deepest Africa – every part of uShaka is decorated in a truly African lodge theme and features fine carvings, artworks and artefacts from throughout Africa. The indoor and outdoor entertaining areas are only metres from the edge of Lake Burley Griffin and have magnificent views across the lake to Black Mountain. uShaka is the Zulu word for shark, but also refers to Shaka Zulu who was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu kingdom and a stay here combines the magnificence of Africa and the wonders of the ocean.




Wild Encounter Room 1

A terrace and garden are outside your room and as there are no wild animals there, they take you into the zoo in the morning to visit the cheetahs, where you have a special hands-on meeting with the fastest animal on earth! (up to 2 guests can meet the cheetah) Go into their enclosure to meet these unrestrained big cats! This is the only room in all of Jamala Wildlife Lodge where this is included! The Cheetah Room is situated adjacent to the lodge lounge area and has a spa bath and separate shower. Additional bedding utilises a roll away bed.



Reef Room

The only room at Jamala that features a large viewing window looking directly into a 5 metre deep ocean aquarium!  The Maori Wrasse and Flowery Cod and their friends will spend as much time checking you out as you do watching them. Pop over to the other window and see if you can spot the hyenas. This room is situated in a private corner adjacent to the uShaka lounge room and offers the best of both worlds! Additional bedding utilises a roll away bed.




Wild Encounter Room 2

This room is a short stroll from the main lounge, down a flight of stairs, with views of the Molonglo River. There are no animals outside your room, but in the morning a guide take you into the zoo to visit the meerkats, where you have a special hands-on meeting with these incredibly cute animals (encounter is for 2 people. Minimum age for the Meerkat Encounter is 12 years.). This is the only room in all of Jamala Wildlife Lodge where this is included! The room also has a private terrace and its split level design features a lounge area that can comfortably accommodate 2 children.  Additional bedding utilises a double pull out sofa bed.



Lemur Rooms

The Lemur Rooms overlook the Molonglo River and one looks towards Scrivener Dam and Black Mountain and the other overlooks the lion enclosures. They have a large viewing window looking directly into the lemur enclosure where you can watch this fascinating troop play!




Wild Encounter Suite

A terrace and garden are outside your room and as there are no wild animals there, they take you into the zoo in the morning to visit the hyenas*. After meeting them up close, you will understand why this misunderstood animal is regarded as one of the most fascinating of all. The Hyena Suite is part of the main Lodge and features 2 rooms both with sitting areas and 1 bathroom, which has a spa bath and separate shower. It is perfect for larger families or two couples, as the 5th and 6th guest stay free!* Bedding consists of 2 x King Size beds and 2 sofa beds. This is a split level suite with bedroom 2 down a small flight of 3 stairs.




Shark Grand Suite

The Shark Grand Suite is up a flight of stairs and has its own private floor in uShaka Lodge. Rather than animals outside your room, you have a terrace that sits above the shark tank! Guests will be taken onto the terrace and will have a private feeding of these majestic creatures. The suite features 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms (the main bathroom also has an indulgent spa bath). Both rooms feature sitting areas along with king beds and the bed in the 2nd room also splits to become 2 single beds. Additional bedding in the 2nd room utilises single pull out sofa beds. It is ideal for large families or 2 couples. The 5th and 6th guests stay free of charge*.



Important Information:

As animals natures and reactions can change, no guarantee can be given that Jamala Wildlife Lodge can introduce you to the cheetah. In the rare event that this meeting cannot happen, they will take you to one or more personal meetings with other animals after discussing options with you.

Due to the animal’s reactions, children must be over 14 years old and over 1.5 metres tall to stay in the Lion or Tiger Bungalows. Children under 18 can’t stay in the Cheetah Bungalow. Please note that in the event that a guest arrives with children who don’t meet these requirements, they will not be able to accommodate them in one of these rooms and the Lodge may not be able to accommodate them elsewhere. Please check heights etc before proceeding further. Children 6 years old and over can stay in the Sun Bear or Brown Bear Bungalows.



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.

The African inspired luxury suites lie in the heart of the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra and epitomize style and comfort. The combination of opulent surroundings, incredible animal encounters and gourmet cuisine alongside Jamala’s five star hospitality ensures that all guests share in a once in a lifetime experience during their stay.

Situated on the banks of the Molonglo River next to Scrivener Dam, the National Zoo & Aquarium and Jamala Wildlife Lodge are just 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra. The National Zoo & Aquarium is Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium, giving visitors the opportunity to explore, learn and relax amongst a wide variety of both native and exotic animals, fish and reptiles.  Jamala Wildlife Lodge is the ultimate overnight safari and Canberra’s first luxury lodge experience. With just 18 rooms this amazing package gives guests exclusive access to a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s beautiful residents.



The Lodge is located just 10 minutes’ drive from the CBD on Lady Denman Drive, next to Scrivener Dam. Lady Denman Drive is accessible from the Tuggeranong Parkway, Parkes Way, Cotter Road & Clunies Ross Street. Canberra airport is a short 15 minute drive or taxi ride. Complimentary parking is available onsite, alternatively an Action Bus service operates from the City Bus Exchange daily.




Start your evening with pre-dinner drinks on the terrace (weather permitting) where you will be joined by some special guests, which may include white lions or hyenas! To continue the African theme, you will join other guests at large tables for a delectable, fun African gourmet dinner party with some great wines. The menu can change regularly and will depend on fresh foods available at the time (any special dietary requirements can be considered). Dinner is served in the Rainforest Cave, or with maximum occupancy, guests staying in uShaka Lodge will dine upstairs alongside the sharks. 


Children & Guests Under 21 Year of Age

Due to the nature of the experiences offered at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, the Lodge is only able to welcome children 6 years and over. However, they do offer special “Family Nights” once a month, where children 4 years and older are welcome, and tours and meal times are tailored to suit families staying on these evenings. 

Some room restrictions apply. As the Lodge is an operational zoo, all children under 18 must stay in a room with at least one adult in attendance. Due to the proximity of the Jungle Bungalows to animal enclosures, there must be at least one person 21 years or older in a bungalow.

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