Sleeping lions

Sleeping lions

Imagine this: you’re creeping through the bush when you hear a growl in the distance. You cautiously follow the sound until you find fresh tracks which lead you to patch of long grass. You’re just steps away from the world’s fastest mammal and your heart is racing.

Lookout Lodge has all the elements of a typical luxury safari: game-drives, sun downers, a barbecue dinner served under a canopy of stars and a comfy bed to crash in after a day’s wildlife watching. But this camp is set far, far from the African savannah, in the British countryside, at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, in Bedfordshire.

When all the other visitors have left for the day, you can venture out on a night-time tour of the conservation park, searching for bats by torchlight and listening out for the sleepy sounds of dozing duiker as gleaming eyes keep watch in the darkness. Then it’s back to one of the eight snug little cabins, each named after the park’s inhabitants, to swap tales of all the elephants, lions and antelope you spotted, and for a cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Whipsnade Zoo is part of the Zoological Society of London, and is involved in breeding and conservation programmes designed to protect endangered species across the world. Last year, the zoo successfully bred giraffe, cheetah, pygmy hippo, zebra and red panda, all of which can be seen roaming around the park.

Lookout Lodge is open 27 March to 27 October 2013 at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England (0844 225 1826; Price from ?135 per person

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