The Experience

The Experience

Your stay at the UK'’s Best Tourism Experience (voted 2012) includes guided safaris at dusk and the following morning, a magical night under the stars in luxury tented accommodation and a mouth watering five course African meal cooked on the open fire pit. All for less than you think!

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The Accommodation

The Accommodation

Ten authentic luxury tents each with its own private veranda include comfortable twin beds, 2 of which have en-suite toilet and showers, 2 boasting king-size four poster beds and 1 luxury king-size sleigh bed, all come equipped with beautiful bed linen, fluffy towels, storage and electric lighting and heating.

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UK's Best

UK's Best

Winners of the Beautiful South Awards 2014, the Livingstone Lodge Safari Experience at Port Lympne, Kent, is the UK's only overnight safari lodge. At the camp, guests can relax in luxurious twin bedded, authentic South African safari tents.

Safari

Safari

Enjoy a multi-award winning VIP safari experience and a totally magical night under the stars, first-class authentic African dining, dawn safari, full breaks & more.

Luxury

Luxury

There are 10 luxury tents at the lodge, all of the tents include comfortable single beds, except the luxury Rhino, Cheetah and Lion tents, which contain either a four poster or double sleigh bed for those special occasions.

Experience

Experience

As well as luxurious accommodation each tent has its own private veranda with seating. The tents overlook the African Experience where a variety of African animals such as zebra, giraffe & rhino can be enjoyed close up as they wander in to drink at the watering hole

Learn

Learn

Rangers lead guests at the lodge on their two safari drives and are on hand in the evening to answer your questions and regale you with tales from the African bush. Our team of authentic rangers have worked in various parks including the Zimbabwe National Park, Hwange National Park, Gona-re-Zhou, Matapos, Tuli Cricle, Kyle Ngazi and the Zambesi Valley.

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Adventure

Adventure

Your safari adventure begins here. Check in at the Livingstone Lodge reception and enjoy a complimentary welcome glass of Amarula and meet your fellow guests and your ranger.

Safari

Safari

Climb aboard a VIP safari vehicle and embark on the first of your safaris. The vehicle will stop en route so you will have plenty of opportunities to get some great photos of the wildlife.

Animals

Animals

Livingstone Lodge is situated in the 100 acre wilds of the African Experience where animals are free to roam as if in the plains of Africa. On arrival at the Lodge you will settle into your stunning luxury tented safari-style accommodation. All WC's and showers are communal.

Relax

Relax

Enjoy your own private veranda and soak up the breathtaking views over the African Experience and across the English Channel to France. If you would like a 'sundowner' there is a fully stocked bar in the Laapa.

Refresh

Refresh

Dinner is in the communal Laapa, where you will find an authentic five-course African-style dinner, cooked on an open pit fire.

Authentic

Authentic

Wake up the next morning to the early sounds of the Serengeti, and enjoy a full breakfast in the Laapa and views over our watering hole, where many animals come for their morning drink.

Explore

Explore

Embark on your African Experience morning safari as you head back down to the reception where you can spend more time in the park or book one of our private animal experiences.

Day 1

Itinerary Day 1

Check in at the Livingstone Lodge Reception and enjoy a complimentary welcome glass of Amarula or Bubbly. Meet your fellow guests and your host and then climb aboard the truck to enjoy your ranger led safari arriving at Livingstone Lodge.

On arrival at the Lodge you will settle into your stunning luxury tented safari-style accommodation. Enjoy your own private veranda and soak up the breathtaking views over the African Experience. If you would like a ‘sundowner' there is a fully stocked bar in the Laapa.

Later, rejoin your fellow travellers at the communal Laapa for an authentic African-style dinner cooked on an open pit fire, with salads and desserts, followed by tea or coffee.

Your Rangers will regale you with their own tales of Africa and tell you about the Aspinall Foundation's vital Conservation work and wildlife programmes.

At or before 11.00pm, retire to the starlight seclusion of your luxury safari tent and private veranda.

Day 2

Itinerary Day 2

Wake up to the early sounds of the Serengetti.

Enjoy your Aspinall full English Breakfast in the Laapa, and then ready yourself for departure from the Lodge. Your cases will be sent ahead to the Livingstone Lodge Reception so that you can enjoy the second shorter Safari.

Embark on the second African Experience safari.

Return to the Livingstone Lodge Reception where we can hold your suitcases if you want to spend more time in the Park. However if you want to pre book one of our Animal Experiences or visit Howletts Wild Animal Park, nr Canterbury, just let us know in advance so that we can sort out the necessary arrangements.

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?

Activities

Activities

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!

Zorbing

Zorbing

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.

Archery

Archery

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.

Cycling

Cycling

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

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.

Fishing

Fishing

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

CAH43 (tripadvisor)

Reviewed

We travelled as a group of six ( three couples). The whole experience was amazing. Our hosts Jack and Sue were welcoming and knowledgeable. The two safaris gave us the opportunity to see a variety of animals and hear lots of interesting information. The tents surpassed our expectations with a memorable view which we enjoyed from our verandah. The dinner was excellent and watching the animals early in the morning was unforgettable. After a great breakfast we reluctantly packed to leave. Highly recommended.

130Angel (tripadvisor)

Reviewed

Wonderful overnight stay. The Serengeti of Kent. Great experience..Fab food and accomodation. And animals too. Couldnt ask for more.. Extremely knowledgeable Ranger/guide Becka. With a real passion for all the animals. Woke up to the most amazing panorama. Our 5 course dinner the night before was 1st class. Something to suit all tastes and plenty of it. Breakfast was equally as good . And more than we could eat. Lashings of Tea and Coffee. . Finished the last leg of the Safari. Totally wonderful from beginning to end.

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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.
Pricing

Pricing

2015 Price Guide

Open from Friday 27th March – Sunday 18th October 2015,
Wednesday to Sunday

Prices from £300* per tent based on a maximum of 2 guests inclusive of arrival drink, safari, set 4 course buffet style dinner, overnight stay, full English breakfast and entrance into Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park.

Supplements apply for tent upgrades and en-suites.

* The Cheetah, Rhino and Lion tents incur an additional charge of £50 as these are the premium tents containing a four poster or sleigh bed.

LAST MINUTE OFFER

Friday 21st & Friday 28th August 2015 - £175.00 per person based on 2 sharing. You could be sitting on the balcony of your luxury Livingstone Lodge tent, watching the zebra and wildebeest as they drink from the watering hole! Treat yourself to your dream safari stay, right here in Kent and save over £100 with our late availability offer! Just imagine sipping a sundowner before enjoying a delicious meal whilst watching giraffe sauntering by. Please call 01303 234112 to book your overnight safari experience.

Price Includes

  • Arrival glass of Amarula or bubbly
  • Ranger led safari to Livingstone Lodge
  • 4 Course African inspired meal
  • Overnight stay in your tented accommodation
  • Full English breakfast
  • Entrance into Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park
  • Car parking
  • WIFI

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.

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