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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Rhythm of Africa

Feel the Rhythm of Africa this summer! 

Every Saturday night from 5.30pm during January and February, head to Werribee Open Range Zoo for an evening of live African music, African-inspired street food, kids' activities and more!

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

Explore the African Pula Trail until 8pm spotting lions, wild dogs and cheetah on the prowl and hippos grazing on the beach.

If it’s a warm night 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.

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Plan your visit

  • Entry gate opens – 5.30pm
  • Entry gate closes – 7.30pm
  • Late safari tour – 5.30pm (Bookings required – Rhythm of Africa Safari Package)
  • Drum workshops – commence at 5.30pm
  • Hair braiding – commence at 5.30pm
  • Face painting – commence at 5.30pm
  • Ethiopian coffee serving ceremonies – commence at 5.30pm
  • Kids games – commence at 5.30pm
  • Village activities: water carrying, grain milling and selling fruit – commence at 5.30pm
  • Music – performances from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Walking trails – open from 5.30pm to 8.00pm

Artist line-up 

Saturday 6 January

Rhythm of Africa All Stars
African tunes performed by musicians from 21 years of Rhythm of Africa

Saturday 13 January

Musiki Manjaro
Vibrant contemporary African dance 

Saturday 20 January

One Africa
Traditional African drumming and dance 

Saturday 27 January

Afro Mandinko
High energy grooves & funky afro moves

Saturday 3 February

Akoma Beat
Highlife dance beats from Ghana 

Saturday 10 February

King Bell and Soukous Ba Congo
Afro roots and dance 

Saturday 17 February

African Start Drumming and Dance 
True African style rhythm and dance 

Saturday 24 February

African Intelligence 
Tunes from across Africa 

 

  • Safari Package

    Rhythm of Africa Safari Package

    Includes entry ticket, exclusive Late Safari Tour and Beads For Wildlife gift. 

    Get the full Rhythm of Africa experience by booking a special one hour Late Safari Tour with our guides. Immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of the savannah as you find yourself surrounded by magnificent wildlife, including rhinos, zebras and antelopes.

    Bookings are available for 5.30pm and spaces are limited. 

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  • African Food

    Get a taste of Africa

    During the night you can purchase dishes and drinks with flavours from different regions in Africa. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own blankets and hampers for a relaxed picnic on the lawn.

    Werribee Open Range Zoo is a fully licensed venue and a range of drinks can be purchased on the night.

    (BYO alcohol is not permitted - all eskies and bags will be screened by security at the gate)