Zoo Trips

​​​Want to go on the adventure of a lifetime, but not sure where to start? Let the Indianapolis Zoo be your guide to see exotic animals in faraway lands. Join us as we explore South Africa and Manitoba, Canada, in 2014. These once-in-a-lifetime trips will give you a whole new perspective of the animal world and the need to preserve these beautiful habitats!

SOLD OUT • South Africa 

Aug. 4-16, 2014

South Africa itinerary

You're invited to nature's bountiful feast, found throughout the spectacular countryside of South Africa. This amazing excursion will take you from Indianapolis to Johannesburg where you'll stay in luxury accommodations ideal for resting up before you head out on safari. The lodge at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve will be your home away from home during the next part of your journey. Immerse yourself in natural beauty as you watch zebras, giraffes and a host of antelope graze. The reserve is also home to great cats, elephants, rhinos and a richness of other wildlife you won't find anywhere else on the planet!

You'll finish your journey in Cape Town, South Africa's "Mother City." Here, you'll find rugged shorelines, spectacular mountains and a beautiful biodiversity of flora. Cape Town is rich with wildlife and night life, and you'll experience authentic African food and hospitality while staying in a mansion overlooking one of the city's scenic beaches. 

With an accomplished wildlife photographer as a tour guide, you're sure to leave South Africa with stunning photos and memories to last a lifetime! For more information on how you can travel with the Zoo to South Africa, contact Jennifer Barker at (317) 630-2014 or jbarker@indyzoo.com.

Churchill, Manitoba

Nov. 1-6, 2014

Churchill itinerary

You'll be on top of the world when you join us for an amazing excursion to Manitoba, Canada, to view the lords of the arctic. Each year in early November, polar bears begin an incredible journey north in search of sea ice. Witness this great wonder of nature up close as you and an intimate group of other adventurers explore the Hudson Bay Lowlands in the Tundra Buggy. Here you'll have a perfect vantage point for viewing and photographing the largest land carnivore.

Your six-day journey begins in Winnipeg, Canada, before heading out to tour historical points of interest throughout Churchill. See one of the finest collections of Inuit carvings, kayaks and other native artifacts in the Eskimo Museum. While touring the tundra, you'll also enjoy fascinating in-field lectures from representatives of Polar Bears International. Then venture into the arctic outdoors for an exhilarating dogsledding tour led by a beautiful team of huskies. Evenings on the tundra are just as memorable as the days! You can relax by the fire and enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal then take in the stunning northern lights when the skies are clear. 

For more information on how you can travel with the Zoo to Manitoba, contact Jennifer Barker at (317) 630-2014 or jbarker@indyzoo.com.​

Kenya

June 19-30, 2015

Kenya itinerary 

Are you ready for an exotic, animal-filled adventure? You're invited to join us on a wildlife safari to Kenya. Travelers will start their excursion in Nairobi, the safari capital of East Africa, and travel on to the Buffalo Springs Reserves in Samburu. You'll see a vast number of species rarely found anywhere else in Kenya, including Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa oryx. While in Samburu you'll enjoy hearing from researchers from Save the Elephants, and watch elephants bathe and play in the Uaso Nyiro River as troops of baboons patrol the riverbanks.

During your stay you'll experience a variety of breathtaking landscapes, from the verdant slopes of Mt. Kenya to the Great Rift Valley, world-renowned for the thousands of flamingos you'll see giving Lake Nakuru National Park a pink glow.

You'll end your trip in Maasai Mara, Kenya's most famous wildlife reserve, in the northern Serengeti. In this dreamlike land you'll see the "Jewel of Africa," a site with one of the largest and most spectacular animal migrations in the world. In this classic savannah grassland you're sure to witness many of Africa's most popular wild animals – lions, cheetahs, elephants, leopards, black rhinos, hippos and many more!

And for those who can't get enough: optional activities in Maasai Mara, including a balloon safari or a visit to Lake Victoria, and travel extensions to Amboseli and Tsavo are also available.

For more information on how you can travel with the Zoo to Kenya, contact Jennifer Barker at (317) 630-2014 or jbarker@indyzoo.com.

Indonesia

July 24-Aug. 10, 2015

Indonesia itinerary

If you love the truly exotic and appreciate experiences that are rare and magical, then make sure to come along on our Indonesian expedition! Escorted by Indianapolis Zoo’s own Dr. Rob Shumaker, travelers will begin in Jakarta, the capital and largest city in Indonesia.

You’ll enjoy the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, a culturally themed park full of costumes, musical instruments, artwork and architecture, then head to the Bogor Botanical Gardens renowned for their tropical plants collection, and the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park for its cooler climate and stunning vistas.

Travelers will experience the Kutai National Park on a forest trek where you can see elusive animals including sun bears, proboscis monkeys and clouded leopards. You’ll see orangutans attending forest school during your time at the Samboja Lodge and learn about the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

From a spectacular sunrise at the Borobudur Temple Compound to an excursion through Komodo Island you’re sure to love the adventures, plus you’ll enjoy snorkeling at Kambing Island and relaxing moments on the Bali beachfront to end your trip.

A travel extension to Lombok and the Gili Islands full of village explorations and laid back island vibes is also available.

For more information on how you can travel with the Zoo to Indonesia, contact Jennifer Barker at (317) 630-2014 or jbarker@indyzoo.com.