A Wild Vacation: Resorts Where You Can Roam With Animals


Get in touch with your wild side at these resorts that let animals roam free. No longer do you have to see these wild animals behind glass at the zoo, but rather live amongst them. Here’s your chance to eat breakfast with giraffes, and lounge around with elephants.

Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

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The Makanyane Safari Lodge is located within the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. Due to its location, guests are given up close views of the wildlife that live within the reserve. Each suite has floor-to-ceiling windows giving amazing views of the animals and nature around you. The lodge is also known as being a “big five” resort which means guests have great odds of seeing all 5 of the legendary African big animals: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.

Giraffe Manor, Kenya

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Located right outside of Nairobi is the Giraffe Manor. As the name would suggest, the hotel allows guests to get up close and personal with giraffes. The manor and its surrounding areas have served as a giraffe sanctuary since the 1970s. The manor is very exclusive with only 6 bedrooms. However, the price is worth the reward. Not only will you receive a once in a lifetime experience, but all of the profits from the hotel go to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica

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Lapa Rios Eco Lodge is located on a private nature reserve in the lowland tropical rainforest of the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica. Spanning 1,000 acres, the reserve is home to many different animals such as monkeys, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of others. The resort contains 17 private bungalows which line 3 ridges overlooking amazing views of the rainforest and beaches. The lodge has been considered a model ecotourism project and has won multiple awards for social and environmental excellence.

Jamala Wildlife Lounge, Australia

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The Jamala Wildlife Lounge is located within the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra. The idea of the lounge was to create funds and awareness for various programs in the zoo and aquarium. Guests have 3 options when staying at the lounge: Giraffe Treehouses, Jungle Bungalows and uShaka Lodge. Each hub of the lounge offers different experiences. However, every suite offers 5 star accommodations with African inspired decor as well as close encounters with the wildlife.