Discover the Incredible Animals of Africa in Suffolk at Africa Alive Reserve

Are you an animal lover? Looking for somewhere to go on your family day out? If these sound like you, then we’ve got the perfect activity for your stack! Head to Africa Alive Zoological Reserve to get up close and personal with thousands of incredible animals from across the African continent, from lions, giraffes, rhinos to meerkats.

Where can I find Africa Alive zoo?

If you're travelling by car, the zoo is around a 50 minute drive from Norwich, and is signposted off the A146 and A12, where you can follow the brown tourist signs to arrive. The nearest train stations are Beccles and Lowestoft, where you'll need to take a taxi or a bus on arrival. First Eastern Counties 99 serves Lowestoft station, which will take you to Kessingland, a 5 minute walk away from the zoo.

Africa Alive is located in the heart of Suffolk’s countryside, set in over 100 acres of beautiful green space. It’s been protecting the and preserving the incredible animals of Africa since it’s opening in 2006, and is the perfect place to escape the city and reconnect with nature. Admire some of Africa’s most iconic animals and learn about their natural habitats, and what goes into their conservation.

There are thousands of animals that now call Africa Alive their home – explore a range of areas to see them in action! At the centre of the reserve is the spectacular ‘Plains of Africa’ display, where some of Africa’s most familiar and iconic species roam the land together, including towering giraffes, heavyweight rhinos and zebras. Admire one of the rulers of the African planes at the Kingdom of the Lion display, where you’ll see them roaming from the lookout lodge, or get an ever closer look from the viewing area of their den. Discover some of Africa’s smaller inhabitants at the discovery centre, where you can get hands on with reptiles, invertebrates and other smaller mammals.

Lions - did you know?

Lions are the only species of cat to live in groups – unlike their tiny, domestic counterparts, lions work far better together in their pride, which can reach up to 30. And although the males may possess huge, intimidating manes, it’s actually the females who do most of the hunting!

You can see the entire reserve in one convenient trip on the Safari Road Train, taking you across Africa Alive on a ride included with your admission. There are a variety of presentation displays throughout the day at the reserve, where you can watch their expert keepers feed and handle different animals from spectacular owls, to adorable pygmy goats.

If you really want to get stuck in to the lives of these incredible animals, then book one of the fantastic animal experience packages! This exclusive experience will get you closer than ever with these amazing animals, and give you an insight into what goes into their care, their complex group systems and even hand-feed them. The junior keeper experience is perfect for the kids, or you can let them run wild at the indoor and outdoor adventure play areas.

Book your tickets now for a fantastic family day out!

  • Open 9.30am to 5.00pm every day (last admission 4.00pm).
  • Admission:
    Adult £21.00
    Child (3 – 15 Years) £15.00
    Infant (2 & Under) £1.00
    Concession (Senior 65+/Student*) £18.00
  • Cafes and Restaurants available on site.
  • The reserve is pushchair friendly, with wheelchairs and mobility scooters also available for hire.



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