In the wild in Canberra

Australia's Federal Capital, Canberra, is usually more associated with politics and culture, but now there is also an opportunity to mix it with the animals. Well, almost!

Now visitors may experience Canberra like never before with an ultimate animal encounter at the National Zoo & Aquarium's new luxury accommodation - the much anticipated Jamala Wildlife Lodge which hosted its first guests just before Christmas 2014.

Just 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra, Australia's only combined zoo and aquarium offers visitors an all-inclusive luxury lodge experience with behind-the-scenes tours and animal encounters. Bathe while a bear grazes on the other side of the window, relax on your lounge while looking into the face of a lion, feed the giraffes or get ready for dinner while sharks swim by.

It is a chance to relax in five-star African-inspired accommodation hubs while experiencing close encounters with the resident wildlife. Three accommodation precincts are available, each with their own wildlife experience. Choose from one of seven luxurious rooms inside the main Ushaka lodge, which boasts a shark tank and a private pool and spa.

There are also six unique Giraffe treehouse suites nestled into a reserve overlooking the Molonglo River, where you can mingle with the resident animals and hand feed the neighbouring giraffe. Or else if you are a little braver, you can stay in one of the five exclusive Jungle Bungalow suites adjoining different animal enclosures, including lions, bears or cheetahs. Centimetres of glass separates you from these magnificent creatures whether you are in bed, relaxing in your lounge or having a dip in the bath.

The Jamala Wildlife Lodge experience includes two exclusive tours for lodge guests designed to allow guests the opportunity to meet as many animals as possible, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, brown bears, sun bears, otters, meerkats and rhinos.

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