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Zoofari Lodge

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Obley Road | Taronga Western Plain Zoo, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The zoo side of the 1 night/20 hour stay was a great success, accommodation whilst extremely cold, was good and tours lived up to expectations. The 'hospitality' aspect left us with a sense of Zoofari Lodge being run for the benefit of the organisation rather than the guests. Given the cost of it, we think attention must be given to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderfully presented lodge with all the luxury touches and a perfect view. My 2 children were very comfortable in the sofa bed. The food was great and the guided tours by the staff were fun and educational.

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review of Zoofari Lodge. We are delighted to hear that you and your family had a great experience when you stayed, and that you enjoyed the behind the scenes tours. We hope to welcome you back to stay with us again soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at lodge on a Saturday night, the lodge/tent was very nicely set up but without the savannah view, it's really a tent in a paddock, you aren't allowed there till 2 and the tour at 3.30 which is great and informative, you finish as it's going dark so don't really get to enjoy the serenity, at night, listening... More 

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and listening to the wildlife throughout the night. We hope to have you back to stay with us again in the future. More 

Berrima, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived on the coldest weekend in winter, checkin was to say the least very unorganised, we arrived just before 2 pm met with its not 2pm u can not checkin waited it started to rain as we were outside I asked if they had a umbrella reply was yes didn't u bring one I have one, no I thought the... More 

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review of Zoofari Lodge. We are glad to hear that you had a good time, however we are disappointed to hear that you feel your stay could have been better, and more organised. We are also sorry that it was very cold on the weekend of your visit, making your stay less comfortable for you.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of 4 visited Zoofari Lodge and can't speak highly enough of it. We stayed in an animal view lodge and whilst it was cramped it was exactly as advertised so there were no surprises. Heating was fine given it was in the middle of one of the coldest snaps in ages. Waking up to the animals was just... More 

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your fantastic review, and perfect score of Zoofari Lodge. We are delighted to hear that you and your family had a fantastic and memorable stay with us. We hope to have you back to stay with us again soon. More 

Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must if you come to Dubbo. Accommodation is excellent, you can easily imagine you are in darkest Africa rather than central NSW. Food is good, service friendly and helpful. Great if you have kids and suitable for large families or groups of friends. Expensive yes but a unique experience.

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review of Zoofari Lodge. We are so glad to hear you had a great and unique experience, and felt as if you were in the middle of Africa! We hope to welcome you back to stay with us again in the future. More 

Brisbane
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36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am really sad to say this but I don't think I recommend you stay at Zoofari Lodge (please see my other reviews, you will see that I am fair with my comments on other places we have stayed). My family - which consisted of my sister, her husband and 3 children (stayed in on of the Bush room) my... More 

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a constructive and informative review of your stay at Zoofari Lodge. We are disappointed to hear that you had a mixed experience at Zoofari, and that overall you found your experience not to be good value. We have discussed your review with our Management Team, and we are discussing ways to... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the bushland view (queen and 2 single beds) for the 1 night package. Our kids (8 & 10) loved the experience and all the talks but many families with younger kids struggled - I would not recommend to any kids less than 6. From the time you check in from 2 pm until check out at 10... More 

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you and your children had an enjoyable and memorable stay at Zoofari Lodge, and that you had a great time on our exclusive behind the scenes tours. We hope to welcome you back to stay with us again soon. More 

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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never been a camper - too cramped, uncomfortable, cold - but was persuaded that 'glamping' was an appealing alternative. They were wrong. And whilst our cabin was comfortable (well the bed was), squeezing 5 kids and 2 adults into one room was very unglamorous! And being the depths of winter, cold. Yes there is a reverse cycle AC... More 

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review about your stay at Zoofari Lodge. Your feedback has been useful for us for future planning, and we are disappointed to hear that you had an issue with our food, and also with the comfort of your lodge. We are glad to hear however that you enjoyed viewing all of our animals during the... More 

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We have stayed at the lodge twice, once a few years back where we had the most wonderful guide Helen (thank you, Helen made our visit so worthwhile and we loved every single minute with you, all your staff should learn from Helen's compassion, love of her job, passion for the animals and the high quality of information and her... More 

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TarongaWesternPlains, Guest Relations Manager at Zoofari Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review of Zoofari Lodge. We are glad to hear that you came back to visit us again after having a wonderful experience the first time, however we are sorry to hear that this visit wasn't as special for numerous reasons. We will investigate the strange smell that you mention immediately. We hope to welcome you... More 

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