Family Glamping at Port Lympne Elephant Lodge

Port Lympne Elephant Lodge Restaurant

Rating of 4/5

Well, not only was this a special birthday surprise, but an incredibly enjoyable one at that. ‘Five star’ glamping at the wonderfully presented, Port Lympne Elephant Lodge, deep in the heart of Kent, UK.

Upon arrival (late morning), we parked up and made our way to the entrance and were told that with our booking comes the unlimited access to both the Port Lympne, and Howletts Wild Animal Parks. Even as a day trip, these parks alone are well worth the visit – I’m not sure who loved the animals more, us or Junior! Being that our stay was just the one night we decided not to cram too much in and stayed at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, as it was nearer to the Lodge. Expect to cover a good few miles on foot so preparing for this is essential to get the most out of your stay. There is also a vehicle safari available that takes you to sections of the park inaccessible on foot. These have full commentary as you pass by all the animals and is great to get up close to giraffes, elephants and some of the big cats too.

“While nursing an elegant glass of red wine on the veranda, the light slowly dipping below the horizon, the animals settle down for the night too, but not before the King of the Jungle has spoken his last for the evening.”

The actual lodge site is amazing, unique, and completely unexpected in good old Blighty. There are a number of luxury tented lodges suiting different family sizes comfortably, each fully equipped with electricity, hot and cold running water, toilet and shower facilities and a wood burner to provide the complete experience. There are communal BBQ areas and an adventure climbing frame for the kids to play on. There is a central club house that boasts wonderful food, the Mongolian Grill is highly recommended, and caters for all tastes, including children of course. An outdoor bar area, also serving food (burgers and pizzas), adds more variety to the experience especially if you plan on staying for a few days. There is  even a meerkat manor on the premises, and although you aren’t allowed to touch the animals, you can feed them with food (live grubs) bought on site. As part of the package you will get a private safari tour of the park and can attend an animal feed session which has to be said is outstanding! The ostrich’s running along beside the truck is quite a sight.

Port Lympne Elephant Lodge Tent

Possibly the most atmospheric moment is dusk. While nursing an elegant glass of red wine on the veranda, the light slowly dipping below the horizon, the animals settle down for the night too, but not before the King of the Jungle has spoken his last for the evening. A deafening roar that travels for miles sparks the chattering monkeys to mark off their territories. Overall, this is a wonderful experience, and something to be enjoyed at least once in your lifetime. Yes it’s a little on the pricey side, but well worth it for what you get and the enjoyment it brings to the whole family. Bring your friends along as there is plenty of room and the kids will not only love the variety of animals, but the adventurous nature of the park too.

We only wished we could have stayed longer and hope to return again very soon.

Roar!

Big Daddy

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