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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Rhythm of Africa

Find your African beat this summer.

Every Saturday during January and February head to Werribee Open Range Zoo for an evening of live African music, African-inspired food, animal viewing and kids' activities.

Now in its twentieth year, Rhythm of Africa has become a must-do summer tradition, bringing together families and friends for a magic mix of warm summer nights, African beats, picnics on the grass, drumming workshops, hair-braiding and face-painting.

Plus you can jump on board our Safari Bus for a tour through the savannah until 6pm and explore the African Pula Trail until 8pm spotting Lions, Wild Dogs and Cheetah on the prowl and Hippos grazing on the beach. And if the weather’s warm don’t forget to bring the kids’ bathers and watch the sun set from Hippo Beach. While you relax beneath the thatched umbrellas the kids will love playing in the sand and cooling off under the fountains.

Rhythm of Africa runs every Saturday, from 7th January to 25th February, 4:30pm to 8:30pm and Zoo Members and kids under 16 receive free entry!

Plan your visit

Off Road Safari special times of 4pm and 4:30pm (Bookings required)

Kids activities commence from 4.30pm

Bands commence at 5.30pm

Last Safari Tour departs 6pm

Entry closes 7pm

Pula Trail closes 8pm

Free Hamper Watch Service

Please note: Australian Journey closes 4.30pm. Rhythm of Africa is an outdoor all-weather event and audience capacity may be capped for visitor safety. Please read our terms and conditions for further detail.

Get a taste of Africa

During the night you can purchase dishes with flavours from Africa, Uganda and Egypt. Download the menu for a sneak peak at the food offer.

Visitors are also welcome to bring their own blankets, hampers and beverages for a relaxed picnic on the lawn.

Book an Off Road Safari

Enhance your Rhythm of Africa experience with an upgrade to an Off Road Safari encounter. Immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of the savannah as you find yourself surrounded by magnificent wildlife, including rhinos, zebras and antelopes. This experience is available at the exclusive time of 4pm every Saturday during January and February, but spaces are limited. Book with our Sales team today by calling 03 9340 2788. Terms and conditions apply.

Artist line-up

Saturday 14 January

Musiki Manjaro
Vibrant pan African contemporary dance

 

Mzuri
African dance and funky tunes to get you up and grooving

Saturday 21 January

One Africa
African beats and traditional Senegalese rhythms

 

Lamine's Jungle Party
Interactive performance especially for kids

Saturday 28 January

Afro Mandinko
A fusion of high energy afro beats, funk and reggae

 

Foday the Grassman
Senegambian Kumpo dancing

Saturday 4 February

Cirque Africa
Thrilling performances by a cast of African acrobats, jugglers and contortionists paired with an eight piece band, featuring some of Tanzania’s best musicians.

Saturday 11 February

Akoma Beat
Highlife dance beats from Ghana

 

Foday the Grassman
Senegambian Kumpo dancing

Saturday 18 February

King Bell and Soukous Ba Congo
Congolese and Cuban rhythms

 

Mzuri
African dance and funky tunes to get you up and grooving

Saturday 25 February

Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence
Senegalese rhythms with reggae, jazz, funk and soul

 

Lamine's Jungle Party
Interactive performance especially for kids