Snorin' Safari

Experience the North Carolina Zoo after hours at our overnight family camping adventure, in our beautiful Oak Hill area. Designed for adults with children aged 6-18. Complete with animal encounters, activities and a walk through the Africa section of the park.  At night time, there will be activities designed for both children and teenagers.

Individual Families

Cost: $50 per adult (age 13+), $40 per child (ages 6-12) All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 21.

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Program Dates: All dates completely SOLD OUT. Please email us to be put on the waiting list.

  • May 14 (Friday)
  • May 15 (Saturday)
  • June 4 (Friday)
  • June 5 (Saturday)
  • August 27 (Friday)
  • August 28 (Saturday)
  • September 24 (Friday)
  • September 25 (Saturday)
  • October 8 (Friday)
  • October 9 (Saturday)

Coming Soon: Adult Only Snorin' Safaris. Save the dates September 4th and October 30th. More information will be available early summer.

Spring 2022 Notification: If you would like to be notified when our Spring 2022 dates become available please email us and we will add your name to our notification list. We plan to release the 2022 dates this fall.

Additional Program Information:

  • Meals included: dinner, breakfast and a light snack. Include any dietary restrictions during checkout.
  • Please provide your own camping equipment. (A limited number of tent rentals are available during checkout.) Camping equipment recommendation are below.

Please Note:

  • Bathroom facilities do not include showers.
  • Snorin' Safari tickets do not include admission to the Zoo.
  • Participants must be at least 6 years old to participate for safety reasons.
  • Please follow all COVID-19 safety precautions.  See below.
  • Each program has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 30 people. We will notify you a week before the program if there is low registration.
  • Ticket sales end two weeks before the event. 

To register: Contact our ticketing department at 336.879.7700 or purchase tickets below.

If you have any questions please email us.

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Private Group Programs

Groups will camp in our beautiful Oak Hill area of the Zoo and experience a fun night of activities. This private program is great for any group (e.g., scout groups, church groups, family reunions, school groups, company retreats, etc.). The program is available Friday and Saturday nights. Please register at least four weeks in advance.

General Program Information

  • Participants must be at least 6 years old to participate for safety reasons.
  • We require a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 5 youth. This program can be booked for adult only groups.
  • Meals included - dinner, breakfast and a light snack
  • Please bring your own camping equipment. See recommend list of things to bring below.
  • Maximum group size is 30 and a minimum group size of 10 is required.
  • Cost - $500 for a group of 10 and $40 for each additional person.

To register for a private group program: Please contact the Zoo's Education Department at 336.879.7716 or email your request.

  • Face coverings are required throughout your visit - unless seated and actively eating or drinking - in accordance with the current Governor’s Order for all guests ages 5 and older.
  • Guests should maintain at least 6’ distance from other groups and practice frequent hand washing/sanitizing.


If we have to cancel the program for any reason including low attendance (under 10 people registered) we will help you register for another date or provide a full refund. We will notify you a week in advance if there is low registration at that time. If you must cancel for any reason you will be refunded your entire registration fee if you cancel at least 3 weeks before the event. If you cancel 2 weeks in advance there will be a 25% cancellation fee. After the 2 week mark if you cancel or fail to show-up there will be no refund.



Once you have reserved a date for your program, a non-refundable deposit of $250 is due. You have two (2) weeks after registration to pay your deposit - credit card is preferred. Once your deposit is received, a confirmation will be sent to you via email. The program is not confirmed until deposit payment is received. Non-payment will be viewed as canceling the reservation, and the date will be opened to other groups.

An exact number of participants (children and chaperones) and final payment are due four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled program. Please be advised that after this date numbers cannot be changed. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to our maximum number of participants. These numbers are set to ensure a quality experience for everyone.

Day 1

  • 5:00 p.m. - Arrive at the Zoo
  • 5:15 p.m. - Introductions, rules and quick tour of Oak Hill/Hippo Beach area
  • 5:30 p.m. - Set-up tents and camping area
  • 6:00 p.m. - Icebreaker and time to get to know everyone
  • 6:15 p.m. - Dinner (e.g. angus beef burgers, all beef hotdogs, baked beans, potato chips, cookies, and drinks) Please note: vegetarian and dietary options available upon request.
  • 7:00 p.m. - African Safari Walk
  • 8:30 p.m. - Bathroom break/ free time
  • 9:00 p.m. - Nighttime activities (Everyone will be split into two groups for this portion of the evening; 1 group will do activities designed for younger audiences, 12 and under, and the other group will do activities designed for teenagers. It will be up to the families and individuals which group they want to go with.)
  • 9:30 p.m. - Campfire and s'mores
  • 10:30 p.m. - Bedtime/free time in/around your tent

Day 2

  • 7:00 a.m. - Rise and shine
  • 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast (e.g., scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, fruit cups, potatoes, drinks)
  • 8:15 a.m. - Animal encounter
  • 9:00 a.m. - Pack out gear
  • 9:15 a.m. - Head home or into the Zoo for the day (must purchase tickets)

We recommend purchasing tickets to visit the Zoo either Day 1 before the camp out or Day 2 after the camp out.

This program goes on rain and shine, so please dress for the weather. In the event of heavy rain the camping location will be changed to a covered location.

Please provide your own camping gear. We have a limited number of tents available for an additional rental fee.

Recommendations include:

  • Tent
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag, pad, and/or air mattress
  • Weather appropriate clothing and sleepwear including layers for nightime
  • Comfortable closed toe walking shoes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Hand towel & wash cloth
  • Personal items (toiletries, cosmetics, etc.)
  • Medications
  • Camera
  • Small backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Camp chairs

Please Don't Bring:

  • Flip flops or backless, heelys, or light-up shoes
  • Pets
  • Electronics
  • Valuables
  • Alcohol