Not so far to go on safari

Not so far to go on safari

A British safari park is offering travellers an authentic safari lodge experience – from its base on the gentle rolling hills of the Kent countryside.

The Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, just a short drive from the Kent coast, offers visitors the chance to stay and view giraffes, black rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, zebras and other animals while staying in traditional safari-style accommodation.

The sounds of the Serengeti will lull you into believing you are on the African continent, when in fact the quaint Kent seaside town of Hythe lies a mere few minutes’ drive away.

We’ve yet to visit Port Lympne, but it certainly promises to deliver a safari-lite experience for the curious, and you can go safe in the knowledge that you will be supporting the work of the Aspinall Foundation charity, which runs conservation projects in the UK, as well as the Republic of Congo and Gabon.

The park is taking its accommodation very seriously, and the selection of properties look set to become a novel choice for fans of staycations, short breaks and glamping. New for 2012 is the Livingstone Cottage, a rather cute three-bedroom Kentish cottage which comes with a private chef, and is nestled in the heart of the 100-acre park.

Those keen on something a little more authentic in style can opt for the Livingstone Lodge or Elephant Lodge, both of which offer luxury safari-tented accommodation. Elephant Lodge tents have private bathroom and shower facilities, and are equipped with a log-burning stove in the living area to provide the ultimate ‘glamping’ experience.

Guests to Port Lympne are also free to visit its sister park, the nearby Howlett’s Wild Animal Park. Livingstone Lodge has been announced as a finalist for the ‘Best Tourism Experience in England’ category of the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2012. All properties are currently offering a 25% discount for early bookings.

Perfect for a trial run before booking your real African safari, or maybe as a quirky break with (or without) the family and other animals.

A night’s stay in a Livingstone Lodge safari tent, including two African Experience safaris, welcome drink, five-course evening meal and breakfast costs from ?130 per person. For more details visit or call +44 (0)844 842 4647 quoting prokokos for your early bird discount.

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