Canberra’s Jamala Lodge has officially opened: Australia’s wildest luxury lodge experience


Last night, The Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove opened Australia’s newest luxury lodge, Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra. Their Excellencies only had a short trip as Jamala is next door to Government House, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. They were joined by a host of high profile celebrities from around Australia, ncluding representatives from the sporting, business, social and entertainment fields.

Guests included The High Commissioner of South Africa, Mr Subusiso Ndebele , Bianca Rinehart, Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran VC, Naomi Simson the founder of Red Balloon and Janine Allis, owner of Boost Juice and both Shark Tank panellists, entertainment personalities Leo Sayer and Taylor Henderson and sporting legends Mal Meninga, Kevin Sheedy, Ricky Stuart and Michael Milton.

Interstate guests stayed in Jamala Wildlife Lodge’s three accommodation precincts. The entire development has been designed and styled in a traditional African theme, with artworks, artefacts carvings and furniture collected by the owners from throughout Africa.

The guests in the Giraffe Treehouses enjoyed a hand feed with one of the resident giraffes from their balcony, while the guests in the Jungle Bungalows had visits from a tiger, lions, cheetah, sun bear or brown bears. The animals come right up to the bungalow windows and although they are free to come and go as they please, they will quite often sleep within centimetres of the guests.

uShaka Lodge has seven guest rooms with a large central living and dining room featuring a shark tank occupying one whole side of the room and Colobus monkeys on the terrace. The living areas are adorned with some fine sculptures and artworks, including two-metre tall Maasai tribespeople.

After the Governor General and Lady Cosgrove had opened the Lodge, guests adjourned to the Rainforest Cave for dinner. The lodge’s dining room adjoins the dens of white lions hyenas where they are free to come and go as they please but often choose to stay the entire night, especially during the colder months.

All guests participated in afternoon and morning tours, including rhino pats and meeting the rare African Painted Dogs. Jamala Wildlife Lodge includes accommodation, tours, meals and drinks with dinner in its tariff.

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