Money raised by the Dundrum Summer Safari will go towards helping Sumatran Rhinos like the one pictured above
Money raised by the Dundrum Summer Safari will go towards helping Sumatran Rhinos like the one pictured above

Dundrum Town Centre is bringing a safari experience to Pembroke Square this summer and helping real animals in the process.

Dundrum Summer Safari, a fully immersive safari-themed experience, is taking over Dundrum Town Centre.

Kicking off on Thursday (June 7) and running right through to September, Dundrum Summer Safari will feature a range of safari-themed activities suitable for all the family.

Dundrum Summer Safari also aims to raise awareness and funds for endangered animals. For every picture shared on social media using #DundrumSafari, Dundrum Town Centre will donate €1 to Save the Rhino International.

Rhino numbers have dropped dramatically in recent years due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over many decades.

Save the Rhino International is dedicated to protecting endangered rhinos in the wild across Africa and Asia.

The focal point of Dundrum Summer Safari will be a huge hot air balloon in Pembroke Square.

Around the balloon, would-be explorers can wander the trails of Dundrum’s Wildlife Reserve where life-size animals including a lion, giraffe, elephant and more, wait to be discovered.

Those seeking a safari-style animal encounter can jump into the Safari Jeep, pop on a VR headset, and find themselves instantly transported to the African savanna.

Additional events and activities are planned each weekend, including face painting, arts and crafts, balloon artists and African dance and drumming classes.

Dundrum Summer Safari will also feature a Sundowners Lodge, where grown ups can kick back with a refreshment in hand and watch the sun go down.

Don Nugent, Centre Director of Dundrum Town Centre, said: “Dundrum Summer Safari is our most exciting summer activation yet. We’re proud to offer our customers a fully immersive safari experience that’s educational, fun and will raise money and awareness for a worthy cause.”

Josephine Gibson, Partnership Development Manager at Save the Rhino International added: “Every eight hours, one rhino is killed, on average, across Africa.

“We are delighted that Dundrum Town Centre has committed to donating €1 from every picture shared on social media using #DundrumSafari (up to €5,000) to help save endangered rhinos.

“This exciting partnership with Dundrum Town Centre will raise much needed funds and awareness so we can work towards a world in which all five rhino species can thrive in the wild for future generations.”

Dundrum Summer Safari can be found in Pembroke Square (across from Wagamamas).

It is open weekdays 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.

For more information, visit www.dundrum.ie/safari