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Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

Muddy says: If you live anywhere in the Kent or East Sussex area and haven’t yet visited Port Lympne Reserve then you’re missing a trick. Kent’s only safari experience is well worth a visit…

Home to the county’s only safari experience, as well as over 900 animals across 75 species – this wildlife park and breeding sanctuary offers something special.

Situated between Ashford and Folkestone this attraction has really upped its game in the last few years – offering a huge raft of brilliant accommodation experiences.

From Luxury glamping to treetop hideaways, camping pods to four-poster beds, there’s something for everyone. We rather like the sound of Tiger Lodge, the luxury apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows through which guests can see (you guessed it) a tiger or how about the bijoux shepherd huts at Hogdeer Creek?

Jump on board a safari truck, included in your entry ticket and travel through the Reserve’s South American, Asian and African Experiences spotting amazing animals along the way, including Kent’s only giraffe herd, camels, bears, zebra and many more. There’s plenty of wonderful walking routes to explore too, where animal enthusiasts can see big cats, including the resident lion pride and playful cubs, gorillas, monkeys, lemurs, black rhino and tapir to name a few.

After all the animal adventures, why not take a break and treat yourself to lunch in Babydoll’s Wood Fired Pizza Restaurant, or grab a snack and drink from the cafes and seasonal kiosks, or indulge in Afternoon Tea at Port Lympne Hotel, while the kids go wild in the play areas and maze.

Dino-mad mudlets will love the UK’s largest outdoor dinosaur exhibition – Dinosaur Forest to come face to face with life sized prehistoric creatures like the spinetingling Spinosaurus and tremendous T Rex.

Enjoy family days out filled with wild adventures at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve whilst helping the Reserve and The Aspinall Foundation save endangered species around the world. All visitor monies go towards their vital conservation work, so you have fun and do good at the same time.

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