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Bear Lodge, Family Glamping With a Wild Twist

Bear Lodge, Family Glamping With a Wild Twist

Experience family glamping with a wild twist and stunning views overlooking bears and black rhino. Enjoy a 1, 2*, 3 or 4 night stay at Bear Lodge.

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Bear Lodge

Bear Lodge

If you go down to Port Lympne this Spring, you’re sure of a big surprise! To coincide with the exciting arrival of spectacled bears in Spring (Read More here), we’ve renamed our popular glamping experience Bear Lodge.

Formerly known as Elephant Lodge, family and friends can stay on the wild side for 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights. With uninterrupted views of our brand new spectacled bear enclosure, to the coast beyond, Bear Lodge offers the ultimate getaway!

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19 spacious tents with comfortable furnishings, bedding, fridge and wood burner surround the Clubhouse and play area. Each tent has en suite facilities, separate sleeping arrangements and a private deck with seating – perfect for relaxing in the evening and watching the sun go down.

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The View

The View

Sweeping uninterrupted views across the cheetah and rhino paddocks provide a perfect setting for your family break. Relax on your deck and take in our lovely corner of Kent, as you gaze out across the Romney Marsh to the coast and France beyond.

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  • Produced In Kent
  • Green Tourism Award
  • Visit Caterbury
  • Visit Kent Garden Of England
  • Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Family Break

Family Break

Luxurious family style glamping, for 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights based on 6 sharing from £50 per person, per night. This exciting glamping experience includes unlimited free access to Port Lympne Reserve, plus the option to book many more exciting activities. New in 2016 - you will also get free access to our new DINOSAUR FOREST attraction along with the best views of our new spectacled bears.



A secure gated site, means you can let the little ones go wild and enjoy the play area, whilst you relax and take in the glorious 30 mile vistas, over the bear paddock, Reserve and out to sea.



We've made it easy for you to enjoy your short break! Choose from a selection of family favourites at the newly refurbished Clubhouse restaurant, or try the popular Mongolian grill. For lighter options that you can takeaway, the Boma cafe offers pizzas, burgers and more. Parents - relax at the new Bar whilst the kids go wild on the play area. It's the perfect ending to your exciting day!



NEW FOR 2016. Get the best views over our new Spectacled Bear paddock! The bear pair arrive this spring! We're also home to an energetic and curious family of meerkats, a pair of critically endangered Scottish wild cats and great views over the cheetah enclosure. The lodge offers a taste of what you could discover when you explore the Reserve during your stay.


Great Value

You'll have free access to Port Lympne Reserve for the duration of your stay. Experience amazing WILD animals from around the world and enjoy an authentic African safari experience in over 600 acres of Kentish countryside along with our brand new DINOSAUR FOREST exhibit.


Something Big is Hatching This Spring...

Step into a Jurassic world as the largest collection of life size dinosaurs in Europe hatches at Kent’s biggest wild animal park! Marvel at the tremendous T- Rex, stare at the Stegosaurus, feel the terror of the Pterodactyl and delight at the sheer size of the diplodocus! You’ll be amazed and entertained by our dedicated presenters, telling stories from the time the dinosaurs walked the earth, whilst you become palaeontologists and dig for your very own fossils or even create your own dinosaur to take home. Find out more here.


If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please contact us on 01303234112 and we'll be delighted to help!

What time do we check in?

Check in is at 16.00pm but if you would like to arrive earlier and explore the Reserve, we can look after your luggage.

Can we cook in the tent?

The tents do not have full cooking facilities, however tea and coffee making facilities are available and each tent has a small fridge.  The on site Club House Restaurant offers breakfast and dinner and the Boma cafe on site offers takeaway options.

Are towels supplied?

Yes, bath towels, hand towels and tea towels are supplied.

Can we bring our own alcohol?

Yes, alcohol may be consumed within the area of your tent, however if you wish to try an unusual tipple, the Club House bar is open until 11.30pm 

What food is offered in the restaurant?

A variety of  menu choices are served in the restaurant alongside our popular Mongolidan grill, we also offer bar snacks and a children’s menu.

What are the restaurant opening times?

The Club House Restaurant opens at 8am for breakfast until 9.30am. In the evening the k itchen closes at 9.30pm and the Club House closes at 11.30pm.

What entertainment is included?

You’ll enjoy free entry to Port Lympne Reserve throughout your stay with us.  Plus, there are a number of optional activities available to book, including exciting safaris, animal feeds, archery, zorbing, fishing and cycling.  Please book with your Ranger on Check in day.

Are there lodges for disabled access?

One of our luxury tented lodges is adapted for disabled access. Please call 01303 234 112  to check availability of this Lodge

Are toilet rolls supplied?

A starter toilet roll is supplied, however we recommend that you bring an adequate supply for the duration of your stay. Alternatively there is a supermarket in the nearby town of Hythe and a small shop in the nearby village of Lympne.

Can we play music in our tents on a portable radio/cd player etc)

Playing music is fine, but please remember that there will be other guests who may not share your taste. The tents are canvas and noise carries across the site so please don’t be alarmed if we ask you to turn it down. 

Is there a power supply in the tent/can we bring hairdryers, hair straighteners, phone/camera chargers, laptops?

There is limited power supply in the tents so we recommend that you check with the Rangers on arrival but this is 'Camping' after all!

Is it a separate entrance to Bear Lodge from the Park?

Yes, directions to Bear Lodge will be provided in your booking information.

Can we bring candles?

Yes, but please only use in proper candle holders for your own safety and that of fellow campers.

Is smoking allowed on the site?

Yes, but please note that smoking is not allowed in the tents, Club House Restaurant or on the decking.  


During adverse weather the tents can get cold, a wood burner is provided, and we’ll be happy to get you more wood should you need it.  We also have blankets in all the tents, but would advise that if you are staying either very early or late in the season to pack appropriate clothing.



2017 Price Guide

Book a stay with a wild twist at Bear Lodge FROM just £250 - £400 per night, per tent. Please contact our sales team for more information.

Opens 1st April 2017.

Price Includes

  • FREE Entry to Port Lympne Reserve for the duration of your stay
  • FREE Entry to the new DINOSAUR FOREST exhibit at Port Lympne Reserve – NEW for 2016
  • The best views of our new Spectacled bear paddock. NEW for 2016
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Bedding and towels
  • Access to evening activities such as evening walks and evening safaris, subject to availability and bookable on check in only.

How To Book

You can book online by clicking the button below or for more information, you can call 01303234112 Monday to Sunday between 9am and 5pm. Alternatively you can make an enquiry by filling in our simple online form and one of our team will be in touch.

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Customer Reviews

TREESYP (Tripadvisor)


We stayed here for 2 nights, myself and 3 friends. Wow, camping definitely not, glamping most definitely! We had real beds with very comfortable mattresses & pillows. There are two double beds, a sofa bed and a set of bunk beds in the tent. There is a very good shower and separate toilet too. The kitchen has a Belfast sink, kettle and cutlery & crockery. There is also a wood burner in each tent for the cold nights. On Bear Lodge there is a cafe to get take away pizzas etc or for something more substantial, a restaurant. I would highly recommend this especially the Mongolian barbecue. We were fortunate enough to don an apron and help the chef cook our meals here too, which was an experience we all enjoyed. Very enjoyable stay which I would highly recommend.

Meganicola (Tripadvisor)


My friends and I stayed at Bear Lodge over the weekend, it was amazing. It's a lovely setting with great views, great opportunities and great restaurant on sight. We all loved it and would recommend this experience for anyone of any age.

Experience the wild at Port Lympne

Experience the wild at Port Lympne

In addition to your stay at Bear Lodge, why not make your visit extra special by booking one of our private animal experiences. Call us on 01303234112 to upgrade your booking today.


Make your stay even more special by booking an activity or animal experience. Whether you prefer a relaxing safari with dining experiences, up close encounters with some of our animals or an adrenaline fuelled activity such as zorbing, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The wild just got wilder!



Strap yourselves in for a thrilling and bumpy ride! Join us in the Zorbing Zone for an experience you’ll never forget. The experience is available every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Spend an hour bouncing around with your friends, family or just by yourself.

Priced at £10 per person.



Add a string to your bow and join us for a thirty minute archery session. Taking place every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, we cater for a range of ages and experience and you’re bound to get a thrill from aiming your arrows and hitting the target.

Priced at £10 per person, sessions are available to book with your Ranger.

Guided Fishing

Guided Fishing Safari

Enjoy a relaxing fishing experience on the historic Royal Military Canal, running through the nearby town of Hythe. Accompanied by your Ranger we’ll provide the rods, bait, fishing licence and your packed lunch. Available on Saturdays and Sundays this is the ideal opportunity for first timers and children.

Priced at £45.00 per person.



Ideally suited for the more experienced fisherman, you can enjoy a relaxing four hours, fishing in the freshwater Royal Military Canal. Starting at 10.30am with a pick up time of 15.30pm, Monday to Friday, we’ll provide you with the equipment, bait and licence. A picnic lunch is available and can be pre ordered and paid for at the time of booking.

Priced at £35.00 per person, this experience is available all year round.

AAA Safari

AAA Safari

This unique ‘behind the scenes’ 3 hour VIP safari will take you and your group on a number of adventures including: an up close and personal visit to one of Africa’s ‘Big 5’...the black rhino; a Land Rover safari through the African Experience, 100 acres of Kentish Savannah where animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and many more animals roam free, and a visit to our pride of lions not normally accessible to visitors. Price: £95 per person.

Is this one not for you?

Is this one not for you?

That’s ok, we have some wonderful other glamping experiences which might suit you a little better. Discover the luxe outdoors and see the wilderness from the comfort of your own luxury lodge, or let loose with some of our favourite fun-filled activities and private animal experiences. Let us transport you to the wild without leaving UK shores. Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side?

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Our Address

Port Lympne Reserve​
Nr. Ashford, Kent
CT21 4LR

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For information and to book call us on 01303234112. Our offices are open Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

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