Family Overnight Safaris

Camp-out with your family (2 or more people) under the stars just yards away from slumbering lions , and wake to the call of flamingos – and of course a tasty breakfast.

Do you have a group of 50 or more people and want the Zoo all to yourselves? Find out more about Group Overnights.

2016 registration will open in March

This fun-filled educational evening will guide you through all that our nighttime Zoo has to offer. This is a perfect opportunity to see animal behaviors you may not have seen before.

During your Overnight Safari you will. . .

  • Take a nighttime tour of the Zoo.
  • Watch the Overnight Safari Leaders give special animal feedings and talks – even help make one of the animal’s special treats!
  • Enjoy a tasty dinner.
  • Meet Animal Ambassadors up close and personal.
  • Gather around the campfire for songs, stories, and snacks.
  • Listen to the sounds of the wild as you fall asleep under the stars.
  • Indulge in a fabulous breakfast.

Family Overnight Safari visitors enter through the back gate of the Zoo at 5:30 pm. Need directions? Entrance gates close promptly at 6:00 pm.

  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Welcome! Set up camp on the reptile house lawn.
  • 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Enjoy your scrumptious dinner.
  • 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm: Nighttime Safari tour and Nocturnal Nibbles animal feeding
  • 8:45 pm - 10:00 pm: evening program with animal encounters - then off to bed! Campers must stay in designated areas overnight.
  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am: Wake up with nature’s alarm clock - then break down camp
  • 7:30 am - 8:00 am: Breakfast with the animals
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am: Morning Walkabout and Morning Munchies animal feeding

After your program ends at 9:00 am, you may stay and explore the Zoo during the day.


  • Safaris embark at 5:30 pm and end at 9:00 am the following morning. 
  • Gates close promptly at 6 pm.
  • Ages 4 to adult welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • You must register for 2 or more people.
  • Your group will set up camp on the Zoo’s Reptile House Lawn. You may sleep under the stars or in your tent.
  • The Zoo provides dinner, a snack with the evening program, and breakfast, hot chocolate and coffee in the morning.
  • Don't know what to bring? Check out the list of overnight items.


  • Sac Zoo Members: $55 per person
  • Non-members: $65 per person

Do you have a group of 50 campers or more? Try a Group Overnight Safari!

The family overnight program is designed for ages 4 and older; we strongly recommend you do not include children under the age of 4 due to the nature of the program. All attendees must be pre-registered including children under 4.

Registration will open March 2016

If you need to cancel your Family Overnight Safari please complete this online form.

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