The Port Lympne Safari experience & animal reserve

Craig shares his experience of his stay at the Port Lympne animal reserve and safari experience

Every now  then I am surprised by an experience. I had absolutely no idea that just two train stops from Stratford and I could be hand feeding a Giraffe, monkeys and a Rhino. The Port Lympne animal reserve and safari experience is home to 760 animals across 90 species, including giraffes, monkeys, bears, lions and tigers. Not only that but you can stay in lodges with the animals!
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Port Lympne animal reserve and safari experience is just a short trip from London

Where to Stay at Port Lympne

For our two day experience we stayed at Port Lympne Mansion. This stunning grade II listed building was built in 1913 for Sir Phillip Sassoon. Like many large country homes it became abandoned after the second world war, before being bought in 1973 by John Aspinall who spent 10 years restoring the mansion. Aspinall was an interesting character known also for his gambling and links to the ‘disappearance’ of Lord Lucan, whom it is said he met with many years after he went missing.

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The stunning Port Lympne mansion once visited by Charlie Chaplin and Sir Winston Churchill

 

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Relaxing in the bar at the Port Lympne mansion

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The Mountbatten Junior Suite, our home for our stay

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Enjoying a coffee after a night in the super comfy king size bed at the Port Lympne mansion

We stayed in the Mountbatten Junior Suite. At £279 a night the room was exceptionally clean, very well appointed with coffee machine, hair dryer and iron as well as a rain shower in the en suite, and a super comfy king size bed.

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The stunning Italian style terrace at the rear of the mansion with sea views, perfect to enjoy a glass of wine

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The Port Lympne mansion now a beautiful four star hotel

If you choose to stay in the mansion you’re in good company as other guests have included Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Edward & Mrs Simpson and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few. Alternatively you could stay in Wolfe Lodge or Tiger Lodge, where you’re literally a pane of glass away from the animals.

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Get close up with the tigers at Tiger Lodge at Port Lympne

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The cosy and rustic interior of Tiger Lodge

If star gazing is your thing why not book The Bubble! An entirely transparent dome where you get to enjoy the outside from luxurious comfort. With Kingsize beds, a free standing bath and exceptional views it’s a wonderfully romantic option for honeymooners who want something a little different.

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If you want something different, why not stay in the Bubble!

Maybe you’ve always had a fantasy about staying in a tree house? If so Port Lymnpe can fulfil your dream with their Forest Hideaway. Complete with log burner for cold cosy nights, it’s another wonderful option for your stay.

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Port Lympne offer a wide range of places to stay, including wonderful tree houses

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The interior of one of the tree houses at the Port Lympne animal reserve

Where to eat and drink at Port Lympne

There are plenty of great food options at Port Lympne, from afternoon tea in the Moroccan Court Yard to an authentic wood fired pizza or bowl of pasta at Babydolls. The food at Babydolls was excellent. We ordered a selection from the menu including bread and olives, pizza and pasta and every dish was to a very good standard.

There’s also the Pinewood Cafe which offers a selection of tasty meal choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The cosy cafe, adjacent to the Gatehouse, offers the warmth of a wood burning fire on colder days and airy al fresco dining on finer days.

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Our starters at Babydolls restaurant, offering wood fired pizza in beautiful surroundings

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Healthy options are available for those eating at Babydolls

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Relax at the veranda at Babydolls restaurant

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The interior of Babydolls restaurant at Port Lympne

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The stunning Moroccan courtyard at the Port Lympne mansion

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Take time out to soak up the sun and enjoy afternoon tea in the Moroccan court yard

We also ate at the main restaurant in the Mansion. The restaurant is absolutely stunning, and beautifully decorated with hand pained friezes of wild animals. It offers an extensive range of fine wines, alongside a delicious breakfast, lunch and evening menu, designed by their Executive Chef. They use the very best seasonal produce from their own vegetable and herb gardens alongside locally sourced ingredients wherever they can.

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The incredible restaurant with hand painted friezes in the Port Lympne mansion

For my evening meal I started with the scallops with squid ink risotto and tempura spring onion. It was incredible! I followed this with the chicken breast with bubble & squeak and cauliflower cheese and baby vegetables. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the accompaniments were a delight.

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My starter of scallops with squid ink risotto and tempura spring onion

Influencer reviews his experience of the Port Lympne animal reserve and safari

More delicious food at the Port Lympne mansion restaurant

The Safari Experience At Port Lympne

The following morning after my eggs Benedict it was time to undertake my AAA VIP safari. The experiences offered by Port Lympne range from being a keeper for a day, bush craft, photography courses and even hot air ballooning among many others.

After seeing monkeys up close and personal and hand feeding them inside their homes we boarded our safari truck and set off to Africa.

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During our experience we got to enter the enclosures and hand feed the monkeys

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All aboard for our 2.5 hour AAA safari experience

First up was Rosie the Rhino, who while resting in the shade when we arrived, was pleased to see us, especially when she saw that we had food! She promptly ate from our hands before ambling back to the shade.

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Rosie the black rhino who we got to meet and feed by hand

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Rosie the rhino, now disinterested in me as all the food has gone

The Port Lympne animal reserve is known worldwide for their incredible animal breeding programs which have seen them put endangered species back into their natural habitats and helped to save them from complete extinction. The animals are all exceptionally well cared for and they promote very close relationships between the keepers and the animals.

Animal welfare is at the very heart of everything that they do. This is not a zoo, it is an exercise in conservation and is a real haven for many rare species that roam the 600 acres. It is all funded by people like you and I that come to enjoy the unique experiences that it can offer. And what they are doing for the animal kingdom is truly inspirational.

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Port Lympne is home to 760 animals covering 90 species, some endangered and nearing extinction

Influencer reviews his experience of the Port Lympne animal reserve and safari

Gary the Giraffe who was more than happy to be hand fed by us from our safari truck

Influencer reviews his experience of the Port Lympne animal reserve and safari

Relaxing on the Italian style terrace overlooking the wonderful views at Port Lympne

We truly loved our experience at Port Lympne. Aside from the incredible location, proximity to London, great food and places to stay, what they are doing for the animals of this world is both admirable and inspirational. Without them I am sure than many of the species that they take in and care for would not be here in a few short years.

The park offers a wealth of experiences for most budgets. You can have a truly luxurious break and stay in Tiger Lodge at £1,000 a night enjoying fine dining and fine wine, and hand feed the animals on an AAA safari experience, or you can camp in a shepherds hut or luxury tent for £109 a night and bring your own lunch. The choices are endless.

With a day pass from just £22.50 per adult it’s a great option for families this summer. Book your experience now online.

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Tigers, lions and cheetahs are among the animals cared for at Port Lympne

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