How your experience will be different
At Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, a fundamental part of our mission is to create incredible experiences for animal-lovers. We place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our guests, animals and teams.
We have completed a series of thorough risk assessments and introduced a range of new health and safety measures that seek to reduce the risk associated with the presence of COVID-19 that are in line with government advice and the requirements of local health authorities. We have also ensured that our teams are provided with the correct PPE, follow social distancing guidelines and carefully monitor their own health to minimise risk.
Gloves and a face mask will be provided and must be worn for the duration of all gorilla, primate and cat encounters, and we encourage masks to be worn for all other encounters and experiences. Please do not touch the animals unless directed to do so by the Keeper or Ranger. Hands must be washed before and after your animal experience.
Thank you for your consideration and cooperation to help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit.Find out more
Develop your photography skills with our resident professional photographer, as he guides you around the 600 acre estate, both in an open sided safari vehicle and on foot, to capture outstanding images of incredible wild animals on this one-to-one experience.
With over 30 years experience taking iconic images of wildlife, David Rolfe, will share his expert knowledge, tips and tricks, enabling you to take images you’ll treasure forever.
Available on selected dates from June to August, pre booking is essential.Book Now
Port Lympne Reserve is home to over 80 species of wildlife providing outstanding opportunities to capture realistic "wild" photographs of the residents, unimpeded by mesh, bars and fencing.
14:30 - 15:00
15:30 - 16:00
Meet for a brief health and safety introduction at Basecamp. Take an open-sided Land Rover to enable you to get the perfect safari shot unimpeded by fences. Travel through the African Experience Safari stopping at every available opportunity to photograph Zebra or Wildebeest grazing quietly, watched intently by rhino, giraffes, and ostrich to name a few
Arrive at the Western lowland gorillas, where the now famous Ambam the walking gorilla resides.
Stop for lunch at Base Camp (lunch not included)
Walk through Primate Trail to see the black and white Colobus monkeys, baboons & tapirs which are always popular.
14:30 - 15:00
A visit to the Palace of the Apes – another favourite.
15:30 - 16:00
A visit to the big cats at the top of the park marks the end of the day when you are free to roam around the other enclosures until the park closes.
Prices & Booking
This one to one wildlife photography course costs £295. Please call us on 01303 264647 for more details or use the form below to send us an enquiry.
Gift vouchers are also available for all Experiences for those special surprise gifts.
Please note that the courses are available to over 17's only. Photographers should wear comfortable clothing, the appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather. Times and animal encounters are subject to change due to the nature of being an outside experience and working with animals.
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 or Port Lympne season ticket holder. If you are not an overnight guest of Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve or Member/Port Lympne season ticket holder then a valid day entry ticket will also need to be purchased either on arrival at the gatehouse or click the 'continue shopping' button from your basket when you book your experience online.