Unforgettable glamping getaway overlooking the verdant slopes of the African Experience, with its abundant wildlife and spectacular panoramic views.
Camp out under the stars and immerse yourself in an exciting safari experience - right here in Kent! You'll be transported to the plains of Africa as you sip sundowners on the private deck of your luxury safari tent and marvel at the stunning wildlife that approaches the watering hole beneath the lodges.
Nestled in a secluded corner of the Kentish countryside, Giraffe Lodge hosts 10 luxury safari tents with sweeping views, spectacular sunsets and abundant wildlife.
Each 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 four poster, sleigh 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.
Dining is a big part of the experience at Giraffe Lodge. Our chef will delight you with African inspired dishes and brai cooked on the open fire pit in the Lapa, using fresh, locally sourced produce. Join your fellow guests for after dinner drinks or retreat to your private deck and enjoy the beautiful colours of the sunset as the giraffes amble by and herds of antelope and wildebeest visit the watering hole.
* 2 tents do not have en suite facilities and share a communal shower/toilet block.
Get closer to the wildlife
Your experienced Ranger will guide you to the best locations to spot some of our iconic animals including giraffes, zebras, rhinos, ostriches and wildebeest as well as some of our more elusive antelope herds roaming the 100 acre wilderness.
Dinner and breakfast are included in your stay. Using locally sourced ingredients, Chef will create an African inspired buffet, cooked on the open fire pit in the Lapa (a typical South African thatched structure traditionally used as a meeting place).
Endless photo opportunities
As well as the exciting moment you meet our giraffe family face to face, you'll capture hundreds of memories of stunning wildlife, scenic landscapes and atmospheric sunsets. Even the food is beautifully presented and worthy of a snap for your Instagram!
Giraffe Lodge is open Wednesday to Sunday, from Saturday 1st April – Sunday 25th October 2020. Whether you experience the majesty of the savannah in spring, spot the herds of antelope calves in the summer or marvel at the 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 romantic 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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
Below you'll find the most common questions our guests ask about staying at Giraffe Lodge.
What time do we check in?
Check in starts at 1:30pm at Guest Services for a 1.45pm departure. If you would like to explore the reserve before your safari we can look after your luggage.
What time does the safari start?
Your safari starts at 1.45pm and takes around 1 – 1 ½ hours. We advise that you take a bathroom break before boarding the safari truck as there are no stops until you reach Giraffe Lodge. We also advise that you take a coat/extra layer on safari.
How do we redeem our free admission to Howletts?
As part of your stay you get free admission to our sister park, Howletts Wild Animal Park, approximately half an hour away near Canterbury. When arriving at the Howletts Gatehouse, please give them your reservation name from Port Lympne or show them your booking confirmation for free admission.
Are the tents heated?
Although there is a heater in your tent it can get cold during adverse weather and the early spring/autumn months. We would advise that you pack appropriate clothing for the current weather conditions.
Are there any kettles/hair dryers for the tents?
Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your tent, however, we do not advise that hairdryers are used due to the limited supply of electricity to the tents.
Can we bring our own alcohol to the lodge?
Yes, alcohol may be consumed in your tent but, if you wish to bring it into the restaurant there will be a corkage fee. However, there is a bar in the restaurant where you may purchase drinks to accompany your meal.
Are there toilets in the restaurant?
Unfortunately, there are no toilets in the restaurant. You can either use the en suite in your tent or the main shower block a short walk away at the top of the hill.
Can we have candles in the tent?
We do not allow candles or any naked flames in or around the tents for Health & Safety reasons. Lamps are provided in your tent.
Where can we smoke?
There are two designated smoking areas. One by the shower block at the top of the hill and the other is located behind the Lapa restaurant. There is a strict no smoking policy in or around the tents.
Have more questions?
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