A memorable Norfolk day out
A popular choice for days out in Norfolk, at Watatunga we run regular buggy tours throughout the season, from Easter to the end of October. Our self-drive electric buggies and our 170 acres of Norfolk wetland, marsh and grassland make an unforgettable experience for family days out or those looking for wildlife days out in the UK.
Tours are led by an expert safari tour guide in a separate electric vehicle, using radio systems to tell entertaining stories of our reserve’s rare inhabitants and bring the reserve to life. Each tour will be unique, depending on our animals’ behaviour, which is influenced by the weather and season.
For wheelchair users looking for wheelchair accessible days out, you can request a wheelchair accessible trailer for your buggy tour. There are also accessible facilities on site for wheelchair users. For more information see our accessibility page.
For Norfolk weekend breaks or wildlife holidays, you can incorporate your buggy tour into a safari stay at one of Watatunga’s newly renovated holiday cottages. To explore options and check availability, visit our safari stays page. Guests who book directly are welcomed on a complimentary guided tour the morning after arrival, followed by exclusive use of electric buggies throughout your stay.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Watatunga open all year round?
Our tour season runs from April until October each year with guided buggy tours every day of the week except Mondays and Fridays in off-peak times and six days a week in school holidays and half-terms (seven where bank holidays fall). Each tour runs for approx. 90 minutes with five 4-seater electric golf buggies, one 6-seater and one wheelchair accessible option per tour. When you book a buggy, one member of your party will drive the buggy and it is booked in its entirety – you will not be sharing a buggy with others outside your party.
Do you sell gift vouchers for Watatunga tours?
If you have loved-ones who are wildlife fans and conservationists and would love to experience a Watatunga tour, we do have Watatunga gift vouchers for sale – so go on, make someone’s day by giving them the gift of adventure as well as conservation.
Can we stay at Watatunga?
As well as tours of the reserve, we also offer luxury accommodation on site – providing guests with a unique and magical staycation. We have three holiday lodges to choose from and our holiday guests receive a complimentary private guided tour, as well as exclusive use of our buggies throughout your stay.
Am I able to bring my dog with me to Watatunga?
We have three kennel spaces available to hire at reception. We can only accept fully vaccinated dogs and the price per kennel is £10.00. Each kennel is 2m long, 1m high and 1m wide and so each should fit 2 large and one small dog easily. We disinfect kennels between use with a product called Safe4 and while we can provide water bowls, we prefer that you bring your own. Our reception building is approx 0.4 miles from the roadside entrance – it is not necessarily staffed all the time while you’re out on tour but each kennel is provided with a secure lock. Please use the contact form to book. Dogs at reception are left entirely at their owner’s risk – each kennel is locked while you are out on tour. Unfortunately, we cannot facilitate dogs other than guide dogs on tour. Any further queries or to book a kennel space, please fill in the contact form on our website.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in our accommodation.
Can we bring a picnic with us?
We have multiple spots around our reception building that are perfect for a picnic – our stretch tent in particular is a sheltered spot with plenty of picnic benches and seating.
Do you have toilet facilities?
Yes, we have a large toilet block adjacent to our reception building and an accessible toilet inside the building, equipped with a shower and adult changing table.
Can children of all ages participate in the tour?
There is no lower age limit on our tours – you know your children best but please be aware that the tour is not interactive, we are not a petting zoo and very young children (under-4) may struggle to stay engaged.
Can tours be refunded or can I reschedule my tour?
All tickets are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule your tour, we will endeavour to facilitate this when communicated at least 48 hrs prior to departure. All changes will incur an admin fee of £10.00.
Are Watatunga tours wheelchair accessible?
Yes, book a Wheelchair Trailer onto any of our regular tours. Our trailer seats one wheelchair user and up to two guests. Each trailer is towed behind the guide’s buggy as part of our regular tours.
Do I need a drivers licence to drive a buggy?
Buggy operators must hold a valid driver’s licence as a requirement for our insurance policy.
How are the buggy tours priced?
Buggy tours are priced per buggy (including the wheelchair accessible trailer) whereas our large safari-trailer tours are priced per person with limited availability.
Please note that we do not offer concessions.