We chose to travel to Dubbo the evening before our 2-day Zoofari experience, so that we could be at the zoo early and get in as much viewing and exploring as we could before we had to meet our guide at 1.30pm to book into our Zoofari Lodge. Unfortunately it was approx. 42 degrees, and really hot, so we did not take the opportunity to ride the bicycles which were included FREE hire as part of the package deal. We drove around the 6 kms of road, parking at the many areas, at each animal exhibit, and timed all the keeper's talks perfectly.
I asked many questions of the keepers and learnt so much about these wonderful animals. The keepers are only too happy to share their knowledge with the public and love you to ask questions.
We met our guide Emma, at 1.30pm at the Main Zoofari lodge which is situated on the Zoo grounds, but way around the back, away from the main part. Emma escorted us to our safari-style lodge , which is a tent with tiled floors, en suite, and covered verandah/sitting area out front. Sort of like a cross between a motel and cabin. The lodge section is completely surrounded by a high cyclone wire fence and gated in case of the unlikely escape of any of the large animals during the night.
Because of the excessive heat, we swam in the beautiful pool until it was time to go on our first tour in the Zoo's air-conditioned bus, and again after we returned until it was time to go for Canapes and drinks before dinner at the main lodge, after which we were off on another night-time adventure in the bus to meet more of the animals up close and personal at each stop.
Emma, our guide, filled us in excellently on the background, genetics, habits, personalities, etc, etc, etc, of all the animals we got to meet face to face, and we got to feed and interact with some of them also. Early next morning , we were off again in the bus to visit 6 more species and help feed them in their night time enclosures, and learn more about each of them ....... and then when we returned to the main lodge, breakfast awaited us.
The food and service were wonderful, with a good choice and you could ask for more. Nothing was too much trouble for this hard working staff.
Because we had experienced so many of the animals first hand, and the weather being absolutely dehydratingly hot, we decided not to stay to cycle around all the inner tracks as we had planned to do. (We had received bushfire warnings also in our home area, so we made the decision to return home as soon as possible).
If it hadn't been so hot, everything would have been perfect, and we would have loved to cycle all around the zoo with the 2 day free bike hire incuded. (you can hire little buggy carts, etc as well if you wish), I would say the best time to visit Dubb Zoo would be spring and autumn, or early summer, not only to make it more pleasant for cycling, but all the animals would be out and about instead of trying to make themselves scarce hiding out of the heat.
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