Africa Alive!

Type:Wildlife / Safari Parks & Zoo

Whites Lane, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7TF

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Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive!. Explore the sights and sounds of Africa discovering lions, giraffe, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent!

This summer enjoy our fantastic new “Meet the Meerkat Mob” walkthrough habitat and look out for special appearances from some children’s favourite characters such as; “Alice in Wonderland”; Paw Patrol; Paddington; Minions; Trolls; Peter Rabbit and Hey Duggee as well as the ever popular Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Troupe - check out our website for diary dates.

The spectacular centrepiece of Africa Alive!, our ‘Plains of Africa’, is the perfect place to spot five species of African savannah animals, including our graceful giraffe and heavyweight rhinos. During the summer months there is even the chance to get up close to these magnificent creatures with our awe-inspiring ‘Plains of Africa’ experience! You could choose to get even closer to our giraffe, ring-tailed lemurs, aardvarks or meerkats in one of our other amazing on the day experiences available.

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of our magnificent lions from our viewing point ‘Lookout Lodge’ and visit ‘Lemur Encounters’, which offers you the chance to get right in with the action – as you walk-through the lemurs’ enclosure!  The zoo is also home some other amazing primates including bushbabies, colobus monkeys, and the endangered drill.

The zoo is set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside and also offers the chance to spot a wide range of British wildlife. Bird lovers can also enjoy spotting native nature from our ‘Wader’s Lake’ boardwalk or seeing some African feathered friends on our Woodland Walk!

Learn some amazing facts about our animals during our exciting feeding talks or climb aboard the free Safari Roadtrain for an entertaining journey around the zoo. Look, learn and play in our fun-packed “Discovery Centre” and meet some of our smaller residents at the animal encounter sessions.

With amazing on the day experiences available, why not add to your adventure and get even closer to either our giraffe, ring-tailed lemurs, aardvarks or meerkats, or take part in our awe-inspiring Plains of Africa Safari Experience.

The zoo offers a great outdoor adventure play area, as well as restaurants, free car parking, disabled facilities and a gift shop, where you can find presents and gifts for everyone.

With many events taking place throughout the year, check out our website or follow Africa Alive! on social media to ensure you don’t miss out!

Open daily at 9.30am all year, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For admission prices and closing times please check our website or telephone (01502) 740291. Africa Alive!, Kessingland, Lowestoft, NR33 7TF

Guide Prices

Please see our website for our current admission prices – these change throughout the year.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • First Aid

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Coach Parking

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Africa Alive! is signposted off the A146 and A12 – Follow the brown tourist signs

Public Transport Directions

First Eastern Counties 99 service to Kessingland is available from Lowestoft. There is a 5 min walk from the bus station to the zoo entrance.

Anglian Bus’s 7, 61 and 61A services visit Kessingland every 20 minutes on their routes to and from Southwold, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. There is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop to the zoo entrance.

Boarder Bus’s 146 service visits Kessingland from Lowestoft and Norwich. There is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop to the zoo entrance.

Opening Times

* Zoo is open from 9:30 daily (except Christmas Day and Boxing day) – Closing times are as follows:
• December 2019 to 29th March 2020, Zoo Close: 4pm
• 30th March to 26th June 2020, Zoo Close: 5pm
• 27th June to 6th September 2020, Zoo Close: 6pm
• 7th September to 1st November 2020, Zoo Close: 5pm
• 2nd November to 31st December 2020, Zoo Close: 4pm

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