Werribee Open Range Zoo

Rhythm of Africa

Rhythm of Africa returns this summer to Werribee Open Range Zoo! 

Running every Saturday night from 10 January to 28 February, this year’s line-up features a mix of contemporary and traditional African music from local bands, including the Ghanaian rhythms of Akoma Beat and the African Royal Drummers, Congolese dance hall music from King Bell and Soukous Ba Congo and contemporary African funk with Afro Mandiko and Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence.

There will be African inspired food and drinks available for purchase and throughout the night visitors can take part in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and make their own music with free drumming workshops with Shabba Eshun.

The evening begins at 4.30pm, with special performances for the kids along with face-painting and hair-braiding and games, before the headline act begins at 5.30pm.

Safari Tours through the savannah will run until 6pm and the African Pula Trail will remain open until 8pm, allowing you to explore the Zoo in the cool of the evening, spotting Lions, Wild Dogs, Cheetah and Hippos. Additionally, you can book an Off Road Safari at the exclusive time of 4pm or 4:30pm each Saturday afternoon during Rhythm of Africa.

If the weather’s warm don’t forget to bring the kids’ bathers and hit the trail for a cooling splash through the water play area at Werribee Open Range Zoo’s new Hippo Beach.

The Meerkat Bistro will be serving up African-inspired fare throughout the night but visitors are also welcome to bring their own blankets, hampers and beverages for a relaxed picnic. We will even provide Hamper Watch, with staff keeping an eye on your picnic hamper while you explore the Zoo.

The Meerkat Bistro will not be serving alcoholic beverages during the evening but visitors who wish to bring their own alcohol may do so.

Children under 16 receive free entry to Werribee Open Range Zoo on weekends, school holidays and public holidays.

 

See who's playing

Saturday
7
FEB

Akoma Beat

Highlife dance beats from Ghana.

Supported by African Star Kids.
Interactive performance especially for kids.

Saturday
14
FEB

African Star Dance and drumming Company

West African style rhythm and dance.

Supported by African Star Kids.
Interactive performance especially for kids.

Saturday
21
FEB

King Bell and Soukous Ba CongO

Congolese and Cuban rhythms.

Supported by Mzuri.
African dance and funky tunes to get you up and grooving.

Saturday
28
FEB

Lamine SONKO African Intelligence

Senegalese rhythms with reggae, jazz, funk and soul.

Supported by African Party.
Interactive performance especially for kids.