Elephant Lodge, Family Glamping With a Wild Twist

Elephant Lodge, Family Glamping With a Wild Twist

Experience family glamping with a wild twist and stunning views overlooking cheetahs and black rhino. Enjoy a 3, 4 or 7 night stay at Elephant Lodge.



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
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  • Visit Kent Garden Of England
  • Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Family Break

Family Break

Luxurious family style glamping, for three, four or seven nights including unlimited free access to the Reserve and sister park Howletts, plus the option to book many more exciting activities.



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 vista’s, over the Reserve and out to sea.



Choose from a selection of family favourites at the central Clubhouse, or try the popular Mongolian grill. For lighter options that you can takeaway the Boma cafe offers pizzas, burgers and more.



Home to an energetic and curious family of meerkats, a pair of critically endangered Scottish wild cats and views over the cheetah enclosure, the lodge offers a taste of what you could discover when you explore the Reserve during your stay.

Experience the wild at Port Lympne

Experience the wild at Port Lympne

In addition to your stay at Elephant 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 £35.00 per adult and £25.00 per child or a family of four £100.



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 £35.00 per adult and £25.00 per child, sessions are available to book with your Ranger.



Get on your bike and explore our beautiful corner of Kent. Available all year round Monday to Sunday, bikes can be hired for a full or half day – perfect for exploring the great pubs, country roads and even getting down to the beach.

Priced from £20.00 for half day hire and £40.00 for full day hire including safety gear.

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 adult and £35.00 per child, or £140.00 for a family of four.



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 adult and £25.00 per child or £100 for a family of four, this experience is available all year round.

Seal Safari

Seal Safari

Paddle from nearby Ramsgate to Pegwell Bay in a sea kayak and explore the Stour Estuary. See the chalk cliffs, caves and abundant wildlife including a resident population of harbour seals as well as regular visitors such as oystercatchers and plovers. Packed lunch and soft drinks included - just bring your sense of adventure!

£80 per person or £72 per person for Port Lympne Passport or Gold Card holders. Minimum age 9 years. Minimum group size 6 people, maximum group size 8 people. Subject to availability and weather conditions. Please call to book.

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: £60 per person.

Customer Reviews



This is an amazing place, everything was clean and well kept, the tents were really lovely and cosy in the evenings once you got your log burner going. Wonderful views of the cheetahs and rhino. Our daughters and friends had a brilliant 3 nights, we took two different evening trips out, one for the lion and African painted dog feeding and another for the small cats feeding, both were brilliant and well worth the £5 per person as the keepers knew what they were talking about and got the most out of the cats for our viewing. We visited both parks over the weekend and enjoyed these immensely as well. We had taken cheeses and cold meats for the first two nights and ate at the restaurant on the sunday as our daughter turned 21 that day, the food was lovely and our daughter got to cook her own dinner on the grill which was great fun. We had the included brekkie most days and this was also enough to keep us going. All in all we did think it was magical, lions roaring, gibbons whooping and views of cheetahs. A real must for animal lovers!

Linda Routley


We stayed at Elephant Lodge from 03.09.15 to 05.09.15.

I would just like to say how we enjoyed the few days we were there. The staff were lovely and very helpful.

A big thank you has to go to Sally and Alex on the AAA safari on Friday 04.09.15. It was an absolute blast. Very easy going with lots of information given on animals and the foundation itself.

I had a little problem on the day that was dealt with professionally along with lots of jokes and laughter aimed at me from my family, all in good humour.

I have already recommended the animal reserve to friends and will be back to visit, maybe the tree House hotel next time.


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 and our sister park Howletts, near Canterbury, 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 Elephant Lodge from the Park?

Yes, directions to Elephant 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.


2016 Price Guide

Book an overnight stay with a wild twist at Elephant Lodge from £200-£350.00 per tent, per night, minimum 3 nights stay .

Price Includes

  • 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.
  • Entry into Port Lympne & Howletts wild animal parks for the duration of your stay

How To Book

For more information and to book call 01303234112 Monday to Sunday between 9am and 5pm. Alternatively you can enquire by filling in our simple online form and one of our team will be in touch.

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?

Contact Us


Our Address

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

Call Us

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

Make An Enquiry

If you'd prefer to contact us via email, you can send an enquiry to shortbreaks@aspinallfoundation.org