Re-opening 1st May 2023
Award-winning getaways for animal lovers
Deep in the heart of the Kentish savannah, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the animals are grazing quietly as tented structures begin to appear at the skyline...
As well as being a time for growth and new life, spring also heralds the re-opening of the ever-popular Giraffe Lodge at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. Overlooking the watering hole, with sweeping views of 100 acres of Kentish wilderness dotted with meandering herds of giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, ostriches and many more iconic African animals, Giraffe Lodge is an animal-lover's dream getaway.Booking open now
Meet the Neighbours
Imagine sitting on the balcony of your luxury glamping tent, sipping a cocktail as the sun sets on the spectacle of iconic African wildlife visiting the watering hole before settling down for the night.
Pitched at the highest point of The African Experience, the eight luxury safari tents provide the best views of the majestic wilderness as well as unparalleled view of the sun rising and setting over the Kent coastline. Your authentic safari tent provides the perfect blend of safari-luxe and glamping charm, with en suite facilities, heating, lighting, fluffy towels and dressing gowns. Sleeping 2 in king, double or twin beds you'll spend a magical night under the stars in total comfort, falling asleep to the sounds of wildlife just metres away.
Giraffe Lodge is open seasonally from May to October. 2023 Whether you experience the breathtaking savannah in spring, spot antelope calves amongst the herds in the summer or marvel at the ever-changing colours of the landscape in the autumn, you'll always experience a unique African staycation on your doorstep!
Please note timings are approximate and itinerary is subject to change.
You're welcome to enjoy the reserve from 9:30am before heading to Guest Services to check in. We'll take your luggage up to your Lodge while you get acquainted with your fellow adventurers and your expert Ranger.
Keep your camera ready as your expert ranger guides you through the reserve and onto The African Experience, where giraffes, zebras, rhinos and wildebeest wander freely across the plain. Your safari vehicle is open-sided so don't forget to wrap up warm!
Arrive at your luxury lodge
Enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly on arrival and explore your authentic safari tent, furnished with real beds and all the creature comforts you need for a magical night under the stars. Remember, this is glamping so make sure you've packed your fluffiest bed socks as it can get a bit nippy especially in the early spring/autumn months.
Feeding time - for you
Join your fellow guests in the Lapa for an African inspired feast cooked on an open fire pit. Meals are included in your stay.
Spend the evening chatting to your host and fellow guests in the lapa, or enjoy a sundowner or two wrapped in a cosy blanket on your private deck as you watch the sky turn brilliantly red and orange and the animals settle down for the night.
Wake up call
If you're not already awake watching the dawn break over the vast expanse of the African Experience, your host will wake you with a gentle call to start the day
Rejoin your fellow guests in the Lapa for a full English breakfast, included in your stay.
Instead of enduring a tedious flight back to the UK after your safari adventure, you'll enjoy a short drive through the African Experience for a final glimpse of the animals and back into the Reserve where your luggage will be waiting for you.
Spend the day exploring the rest of the 600 acre reserve and discover even more rare and endangered animals, beautiful landscaped gardens and wooded walks. We'll look after your luggage until you're ready to head home.
Upgrade your adventure
Make your stay even more special and get closer to your favourite animals with our range of animal experiences for all ages. Get hands on with a keeper experience day, take part in special feeds and animal encounters or for a more relaxing experience, book a safari with our expert rangers who will guide you to the very best spots to view the more elusive species and get a closer look at some of your favourite animals!
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