Go on an African adventure with this Sunset Safari, just a short drive from Melbourne
09.02.2021

Go on an African adventure with this Sunset Safari, just a short drive from Melbourne

Photo courtesy of Zoos Victoria
Words by Riya Kiran

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this might just be the most unforgettable date ever.

With many African animals being most active at dusk, the return of Werribee Open Range Zoo‘s Sunset Safari is the perfect time to see some of the world’s most iconic animals, including rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, lions and hippopotamus, and fight wildlife extinction at the same time.

What you need to know

  • This exclusive after-hours event allows visitors to experience Werribee Open Range Zoo like never before
  • Proceeds from Sunset Safari help Zoos Victoria support international conservation partners
  • Sunset Safari will run from Saturday February 6 until Saturday March 13

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This must-see safari adventure provides an exclusive glimpse into the lives of the animals that call the Zoo home.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable evening of exploring the Zoo’s luminous open plains with a safari guide at a time of the day where many animals are most active.

You can even enjoy a cocktail with a hippo (if you dare) and a BBQ dinner at Hippo Beach, or à la carte dining in the Meerkat Bistro with both indoor and outdoor seating available. Plus, there will be an authentic performance of drums, song and dance to the rhythm and soul of Africa.

For the first time, Sunset Safari guests will be also able to explore the walking trail throughout the Zoo at dusk. See meerkats, lions, monkeys, wild dogs, hippos and cheetah like never before as the sun goes down.

This intimate experience will let you fight wildlife extinction whilst in their very presence. Proceeds from Sunset Safari help Zoos Victoria support international conservation partner, Rhino Fund Uganda, in their efforts to save the Southern white rhino from extinction.

With Rhinos being under serious threat from illegal poaching due to an escalating demand for rhino horn, the Rhino Fund Uganda aims to recover the country’s population of rhinos and reintroduce the species to Uganda following their extinction in the region in the 1980s.

This is the perfect experience to enjoy what nature has to offer with the family, a couple of mates or a date.

Sunset Safari will run for six weeks, from February 6 until March 13 between 5:30pm and 9pm every Saturday.

This evening experience at the Zoo is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to join the Zoo on its journey to secure a future rich in wildlife.

Tickets to this special after-hours event can be purchased online from the Zoo’s website.