A classic country retreat with a guided safari and a private chef! Giraffe Cottage overlooks the vast plain of the African Experience, with sweeping views and endless opportunities to spot the wildlife roaming the grasslands below.
This charming Kentish cottage is your cosy base camp for an overnight safari adventure! You'll encounter herds of free roaming wildlife on a guided safari, while your private chef is busy preparing your chosen menu.
Hidden away on the hillside overlooking the sprawling expanse of The African Experience, you'll spend a cosy night with family or friends enjoying good food, spectacular views and all the creature comforts you could wish for.
This lovingly restored former keepers cottage sleeps up to 8 people in two double bedrooms with ensuite and two twin rooms with a shared bathroom. Fluffy towels, dressing gowns and indulgent toiletries are included.
Whilst you're discovering the abundant wildlife on a guided safari and finding out all about our overseas conservation work from your expert ranger, your personal chef will be busy preparing a four course feast made with locally sourced ingredients. Retreat to the garden or the comfortable snug and relax with after dinner drinks as the sun sets over the plain and the animals visit the watering hole one last time before night falls.
Experience the majesty of the African savannah - right here in Kent! Your expert Ranger will teach you how to spot some of our iconic animals including giraffes, zebras, rhinos, ostriches and wildebeest as well as bringing you even closer to some of our more elusive antelope herds roaming the 100 acre wilderness.
Whilst you're working up an appetite in the fresh air, your private chef will be busy in the kitchen. You'll be greeted at your cottage with a glass of bubbly and canapes before sitting down to a three course meal from your chosen menu in the country style kitchen dining area.Menu
Capture those memories
You'll want to remember every second of your stay at Giraffe Cottage, so keep your camera ready for epic moments! There will be endless opportunities for photos of stunning animals, wildly scenic landscapes and colourful skies. Even the food is beautifully presented and Instagram worthy!
Giraffe Cottage is open all year round so you can experience the African savannah in all its glory, whatever the season. Whether you prefer the new life and misty sunrises of a spring morning or the clacking of antlers and moody skies of the autumn, you'll be enchanted by your African staycation - right here in Kent!
Please note timings are approximate and itinerary is subject to change.
Check-in & Safari
You're welcome to enjoy the reserve from 9:30am before heading to guest services to check in. Your experienced Ranger will guide you to all the best locations to spot the free roaming giraffes, zebras, rhinos and wildebeest as well as the more elusive antelopes. Once you know how to spot them amongst the scrub you'll want to keep your camera at the ready! Safari times vary throughout the year; October 3pm, November - March 2pm.
6pm April - September
Arrive at Giraffe Cottage
Enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly and canapes in the pretty walled front garden, with far reaching views across the African experience to the Kent coast beyond. Your luggage will be waiting for you when you arrive.
7pm April - September
Your pre-booked menu choice is served in the country kitchen/dining room. Made with locally sourced produce, you'll enjoy three delicious courses prepared by your private chef. Dinner times vary throughout the year. October 6.30/7pm, November - March 6.30pm.
Relax in the garden with after dinner drinks and use your new-found safari spotter skills to observe the animals preparing for nightfall in the fading light of the setting sun. Retreat to the snug and settle into the comfortable sofas by the open fire place for the evening.
With a full day of adventuring ahead of you, you'll need a good breakfast! Tuck into a full English breakfast, included in your stay.
Time to leave the seclusion of your country cottage and take one last look at the animals as you head back through the African Experience and return to Guest Services.
Spend the morning exploring the 600 acre reserve and spot the rest of the animals that make their home at Port Lympne, enjoy beautiful landscaped gardens and wooded walks. Admission to our sister park, Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury is included in your stay. Just a short drive away you'll discover even more rare and endangered animals including elephants, gorillas, leopards, primates and big cats.