School’s out for summer and sunny days are upon us. With longer days and relaxed rules, we wanted to treat our two boys, Sacha and Ilan, and our goddaughter Hannah to a sleepover adventure they will never forget at Cerza Safari Park! A wonderful experience guaranteed to thrill and amaze!

Safari Lodges at Cerza Zoo@Thib’s Prod / Lumières Marines Production @Thib’s Prod / Lumières Marines Production
Safari Lodges at Cerza Zoo@Thib’s Prod / Lumières Marines Production


Our wooden safari lodge is so cosy!  Designed to give us an up-close and personal overnight wildlife experience like no other, we feel transported to the heart of a real savannah… in the Pays d’Auge! The terrace offers spectacular panoramic views overlooking camels grazing before our eyes. Captivated, the kids have definitely entered a land of adventure!  

An encounter with lovable wallabies!

Off we go! We decide to explore our surroundings and surprisingly come across the cutest wallabies peacefully napping under the lodges. Belonging to the same mammal family as kangaroos, these little guys steal our hearts with their super sweet faces.

a fun-filled Day ahead!

Tomorrow is “our big day”, a fabulous surprise for the kids. The accommodation package we have booked includes a “VIP Priviledge Safari”, a hands-on experience which offers a unique insight into what life is like as a zoo keeper. This fully escorted tour on a cart provides exclusive behind the scenes access that enables kids to explore the wonders of wildlife as well as the real world of zoo keeping!

A wildlife adventure begins! @Thib’s Prod @Thib’s Prod
A wildlife adventure begins! @Thib’s Prod

Let the aventure  begin! 

After a delicious breakfast, we meet Clémence, our guide for the day. We join her in the cart branded “ VIP Safari”, itching to experience this “behind the scenes” look at a day in the life of a zookeeper. Clémence reminds us the safety rules to follow when we enter the animals’ enclosures. All kind of animals from the four corners of the planet roam freely here with a wild instinct so we better watch out ! Our safari ride begins. As we cross the first gate, we feel extremely priviledged to have exclusive access to areas rarely seen by the general public.  

An immersive and educational day out ! @Thib’s Prod

Breakfast with Spectacled bears

As we enter the spectacled bears’ sanctuary, they immediately run towards us as if they were waiting for their breakfast! They heard us coming and sense we have treats for them. Clémence picks up a large bucket at the back of the cart filled with fruits, vegetables and granules. The kids get to feed the bears some delicious snacks and we all spend a wonderful time getting to know the only surviving species of bear native to South America. We move on to the deers’ enclosure to feed them while carefully listening to the guide’s captivating anecdotes on her career and animal behaviors, highlighting her dedication to animal welfare.  

Learn about Wildlife conservation

The good thing about a morning tour is that animals are quite active and it feels like they actually enjoy the keeper’s visit! The polar bears are particularly friendly. The kids’ reaction encountering the largest living land carnivore is exuberant. They also understand polar bears are under threat due to the loss of their habitat and the importance of taking care of the environment as it has a significant impact on the lives of animals. Clémence gives us precious information about wildlife conservation, a major focus of the zoo involved in breeding programs for species at risk of extinction. What an immersive experience for our family!  


Tucked away in the heart of Pays d’Auge , discover some 800 different wild animals over a surface area of over 60 hectares devoted to the breeding and reproduction of endangered species.

Cerza Safari Lodges @Julien Tack © Julien Tack


VIP Safari & Overnight in a lodge – Cerza Zoo
Départementale 143 
14100 Hermival-les-Vaux


VIP Safari: ( for residents of lodges only ): 199 € for 6 people max.

Overnight Stay in a Safari Lodge  

Low season: 399 €  

High season: 419 € 

Opening Times

Cera zoo is open daily from February to November.


Safari lodges are systematically disinfected with products against COVID – 19 with special consideration given to the application of cleaning and sanitation measures. During VIP Safari tours, visitors are required to wear face masks at all time, as well as the keeper.


Zoo Keeper

With excellent communication skills with both animals and people, a true passion for animal welfare, Clémence thrives in sharing her knowledge and in bringing the public closer to wildlife for the past six years already!

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