On safari … in Kent

We say
A wildlife safari in Africa or Asia may not be possible right now, but you can head to Kent for the next best thing. Join a game drive across the vast plains of Port Lympne near Hythe and you'll experience genuinely thrilling close-up encounters with wild animals. You can stay in a choice of accommodation, and all profits go towards the breeding of endangered animals and their eventual return to the wild.

Recommended place to stay: Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve says

Whether you visit us for a day out or short break, we know you will be enthralled by the chance to see more than 900 rare and endangered animals on safari – giraffe, big cats, gorillas and spectacled bears and more – all in the beautiful Kent countryside.

  • Wildlife encounters
  • Exciting places to stay
  • Family friendly

We offer a unique adventure which is the complete antithesis of a zoo. Animals roam freely through our 600 acres, transporting you to the plains of Africa and Asia.

We have a range of accommodation options. The four-star Port Lympne Hotel is set in a glorious luxury manor house with spacious, stylish rooms and a super restaurant. There’s even a Moroccan courtyard.

Tiger Lodge, Wolf Lodge, Lion Lodge and Rhino Lodge are simply unique and very special. Each has close-up viewing opportunities of our animals – imagine waking up to find a tiger at the end of your bed (albeit with a glass wall between you). These lodges accommodate between 2 and 4 people and are luxuriously appointed with Bamford toiletries, roll top baths and a Nespresso coffee machine.

At Treehouse Hotel, each lodge sits above the tree canopy with incredible views of the wildlife – you can see the Kent coast on a clear day. There are self-catering facilities too although you can always spoil yourselves at one of our many eating places.

Romantics should check out The Bubble – your own private space with 360┬║ views and every creature comfort.

If ‘Out of Africa’ glamping is more your style, Pinewood┬ácamping pods, Bear Lodge luxury safari tents and Giraffe Lodge, overlooking a water hole, are the perfect choice.

It is the profits from our guests’ visits that fund our work. Our primary goal is to support the work of The Aspinall Foundation to ensure the survival of endangered animals We are a breeding sanctuary for rare and endangered animals – whenever possible, we send animals born here to protected areas of their natural habitat where they can live free. Thanks to the generosity of our guests, The Aspinall Foundation has released more than 70 gorillas, 35 Javan gibbons, 102 langurs and 8 black rhinos back into the wild.

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