If you’ve always fantasised about living amongst the animals, but feared the thought of having to become a real-life Mowgli to do so, it’s time you discovered Taronga Zoo’s Roar & Snore.
This very clever concept affords people the opportunity to camp overnight at the zoo, while providing them with all the privileges and comforts that one could wish for.
It all begins at 6.15pm, when guests are greeted, escorted to the harbourside campsite, given some light snacks and refreshments, and then allowed to get up close and personal with some friendly creatures. That is followed by a gourmet buffet dinner, which in turn is followed by a private two hour tour.
Having spent the night in the wonderful safari tents, you awaken to the noises of the jungle and views of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. A light breakfast is served up, before you are led on another tour, which includes “two behind-the-scenes exclusive experiences” (such as feeding a giraffe, or patting a seal). That marks the end of the program, although Roarers & Snorers are allowed to spend the rest of the day exploring the zoo.
There are, unfortunately, a few downsides. Firstly, bookings are essential. Secondly, no solo bookings are allowed- each party must consist of at least two people. Thirdly, it is not cheap- the cost for two adults begins at $432.
To see what the fuss is about, check out these photos: