Get up close and personal
Join one of our expert keepers as they introduce you to the animal of your choice – learn interesting facts, hand feed where possible and enjoy behind the scenes access as you immerse yourself in our amazing animal world. The perfect gift for animal lovers, our 30 minute group animal encounters can bring you face to face with some of the most iconic and endangered species including critically endangered western lowland gorillas, black rhino, lemurs and other primates, big cats and more.
A unique insight
From just £75 per person, your group encounter will include time with one of our expert keepers at Port Lympne as they introduce you to the animal of your choice - learn interesting facts, hand feed where possible and enjoy behind the scenes access as you immerse yourself in our amazing world. Exclusive encounters are also available - please call to check availability. Animal Encounters make the ideal gift for animal lovers - ask about our gift vouchers.
We were made to feel like VIPs with our own jeep which took us back to the main entrance after our encounter, which was a small but significant touch. Both my parents have recently encountered major health traumas and my dad is registered disabled. For the driver to offer this might be a small exra to others but made for a magnificent finish to the day for my parents who did not have to walk up the final hill!!. My mum has still not stopped smiling and talking about the giraffes.
Prices & Booking
Animal Encounters are £75 for a 30 minute group experience. Terms & conditions apply.
The price of this experience DOES NOT include entry to Port Lympne Reserve UNLESS you are an overnight guest of Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve OR a Member (excludes season ticket holders). If you are not an overnight guest of Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve or Member then a valid day entry ticket will also need to be purchased either on arrival at the gatehouse or online 24 hours in advance of your visit.
Animal Encounters also make the ideal gift for animal lovers.