The $2.1 million redevelopment of Zoofari Lodge; which has been open since 1995, increases the overnight capacity to 9000 guests annually.
Environment Minister Robyn Parker; who attended the grand opening with Taronga Foundation patron John Cleese, said the new accommodation would contribute to conservation and State tourism initiatives, leading the field in nature-based overnight experiences in Australia.
“Zoofari Lodge helps underpin the conservation work undertaken at our two Zoos but also supports conservation projects. It provides an opportunity for visitors to learn first-hand about conservation and contribute to our work, simply by staying overnight”, Ms Parker said.
The new safari lodges feature African-inspired decor and have private decks located on the edge of the Zoo’s African Savannah; where guests can see Giraffe, Zebra and Eland roaming from the comfort of their lodges. Self-contained Savannah Cabins are due to open later this year, providing three-tiers of additional luxury accommodation.
Taronga Foundation Patron John Cleese said, “Staying at Zoofari Lodge should be something that everyone puts on their bucket list. I have stayed here and it is such an amazing and unique experience, which most importantly supports conservation.”