Do you want to experience a typical African feeling while holidaying in Melbourne? How about enjoying an enthralling safari passing through endless grass plains, rivers and wildlife complete with giraffes, monkeys, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs, antelopes and even lions all just minutes away from the bustling city? In order to experience a little bit of Africa in Australia, the perfect place to head to is the Werribee Open Range Zoo which is positioned only 32 kilometres away from the city of Melbourne. Managed and maintained by the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board, the Werribee Open Range Zoo lies along Werribee Park’s impressive Werribee River. The main focus of this amazing open zoo is to display wild animals from Asia, North America, Africa and Australia. The safari tour at the Werribee Open Range Zoo is enjoyed by thousands of tourists throughout the year. The guided tour which takes approximately an hour accommodates about 72 visitors in each round. It is the best way for wildlife enthusiasts to explore this extraordinary 200 hectare open zoo and come close to many of its wild animals. The tour generally starts at the Meerkat Bistro and Function Centre. The professional and experienced safari guides provide visitors with valuable information on the behavior of animals as well as their special and unique features. This unforgettable ride passes the African savanna and African waterhole where visitors get to witness hippos, zebras, ostriches, rhinos and giraffes. Visitors to the Werribee Open Range Zoo also have the option to choose from two different trails. Focusing on animals such as lions, cheetahs and Vervet monkeys is the 800 metre long Pula Reserve Walking Trail which takes a journey time of about 40 minutes. The other trail is the Volcanic Plains Walk which is 500 metres long. This trail focuses mainly on Australian wildlife featuring kangaroos and wallabies. Different types of ‘specialty’ safari tours can also be arranged but have to be booked in advance. The African village found at the Werribee Open Zoo is known to be an informative as well as enjoyable feature. The zoo is also home to a learning centre that offers various educational programmes on the geography and history of animals. In order to discover this remarkable tourist attraction in a more convenient and memorable way travelers can choose to stay at a leading Melbourne hotel such as The Langham Melbourne. Renowned as one of the finest Melbourne hotels, The Langham Melbourne features an array of contemporary amenities and professional service for a pleasant stay in the city.
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