Travel Programs


Travel Program

The Big Five of Land and Sea  [LAST CHANCE!]

Download South Africa Itenarary (PDF)

Join Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium members on a wildlife and marine adventure in South Africa.  You’ll begin your trip in Cape Town, where you’ll have the chance to explore this sophisticated city, along with some of nature’s most breathtaking beauties – spectacular mountains, rugged shorelines, and the blue sea.

You will visit the seal colony at Hout Bay, and explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve, home to 250 species of bird and various mammals, including baboons, zebras, and caracals.  You’ll visit one of the finest aquariums in the world, and spend time at an internationally recognized seabird rehabilitation center.

You will also have the chance to enjoy whale watching, beach excursions, horseback riding, 4x4 drives, and more. 

Then search for the “big five” – buffalo, lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinos – during a trip to Madikwe Game Reserve, a world-renowned 165,000-acre wildlife reserve on the border of Botswana.  You may also spot hippos, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, and cheetah here.

Optional trip extensions are to Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Experts from Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo will co-lead this trip.

For more information on travel, please call (708) 688-8667

South Africa Intenarary (PDF)


Every member receives

  • FREE admission for one year
  • FREE parking for one vehicle at the main entrance (1st Ave. and 31st Street)
  • Discount parking at the south entrance
  • Member discounts on selected attractions inside the zoo
  • Publications including member emails and Gateways, the quarterly member magazine
  • Monthly specials at shops
  • Restaurant discounts
  • Education program, and special event discounts

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Members receive a 10% discount on food and drink purchases at Brookfield Zoo restaurants and receive special offers at zoo gift shops. Check out the special offer for the current month.

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