Start your adventure here!
Staying at Port Lympne Reserve is just the start of your next adventure! Make your stay even more special by booking activities and experiences to fill your days with once in a lifetime encounters and photo opportunities.
No matter how long you choose to stay with us, we've put together some example itineraries to help you plan your short break. Or you can use our Day Planner at the bottom of the page to make your own itinerary!
Two night stay example itinerary
Book your place on one of our exciting animal feeding experiences*, with one of our Rangers. Tigers, primates and African painted dogs are the most popular, and others are also available, depending on animal feeding schedules around the reserve.
Our Animal Experiences can also be pre-booked prior to your arrival. Alternatively, book a place on our popular Dusk Safari* and you could find yourself journeying to our Kentish savannahs, alive with Asian and African animals whilst taking in the stunning sunset views, before enjoying a delicious three course meal at the four star Port Lympne Hotel*.
*Subject to availability, additional charges apply and pre booking advised. Dusk safaris run every Wednesday and Thursday. Please see our experiences page for more information and to book.
Explore Port Lympne Reserve (entry to the reserve is included in your stay).
Enjoy one of our fun activities.*
*small additional charges apply. Please see our full range of Experiences. You can even pre book an activity prior to your arrival.
Enjoy one of our many dining options. Afterwards, relax with friends and family while you toast marshmallows on the fire pit, as the sun sets in the distance. You may even be visited by a guest speaker or enjoy some acoustic entertainment.
There’s still plenty of time for adventures and you still have complete access to Port Lympne for the rest of the day, to catch up on anything you might have missed. You could also take the 30 minute drive to our sister park Howletts, near Canterbury, for the perfect end to your safari mini break. Take the Treetop Challenge for young and young at heart visitors or experience the unique walking with lemurs.
(Entrance to Howletts Wild Animal Park is included in all stays, except Pinewood).
Three night stay example itinerary
Meet one of our Rangers and book your place on one of our popular Animal Feeding Experiences*, where you will be able to watch up close as the tigers enjoy their tea, or the African painted dogs savour their supper!
*small additional costs apply, subject to availability. Animals will vary, depending on Keeper feeding rotas.
Enjoy dinner in one of our popular restaurants or cafes*. Enjoy delicious dining at the Port Lympne Hotel, Italian dishes at our new Italian restaurant - Babydoll's, family favourites at Pinewood Café, or get involved with the Mongolian Grill at Bear Lodge, as you learn to cook on this traditional grill with our team of chefs.
*pre booking advised, subject to availability. Download our restaurant guide.
Explore Port Lympne to see over 700 animals (entry to the reserve is included in your stay). Jump on board a safari truck and journey to the South American, Asian and African Experiences. Treat yourself to lunch in Carnivore Territory and explore on foot around the wildlife park.
Top off your day with one of our range of outdoor activities*.
For a taste of Africa in Kent, take the Dusk Safari** with evening meal included.
*small additional charge.
**small additional cost, subject to availability, pre booking advised.
Relax and take in the stunning sunset, as you toast marshmallows at the fire pit.
Explore more of Port Lympne or even our sister park Howletts (entry to Howletts Wild Animal Park is included with all stays, except Pinewood, unless staying 3 nights or more).
During peak season, our Education Presenters will be holding fact packed animal talks and activities at various times during the day, so don’t forget to check the information boards, or pick up an itinerary from your host, so you don’t miss out.
Try a different dining experience at one of our popular restaurants or cafes. Alternatively, if you are staying at one of our accommodations with barbeques, buy a BBQ pack from your host and get your sizzle on!
There’s still time to explore and you still have free entry to Port Lympne Reserve and our sister park Howletts*. See the largest herd of African elephants in the UK at Howletts and test your skills as you take the Treetop Challenge or Animal Adventure Challenge. You can even walk with lemurs, as the curious primates explore the branches above and around you.
*Price of admission to Howletts is included in the price of your short break with us. (Must be 3 nights or over, if staying in a camping pod at Pinewood)
We use the very best seasonal produce from our own vegetable and herb gardens and locally sourced ingredients wherever we can in our restaurants.
Set in beautiful landscaped gardens, at the heart of Port Lympne Reserve, Babydoll’s Wood Fired Pizza is sure to delight lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. Open to day visitors and overnight guests from 12.00pm until 10.00pm daily.
Using home grown produce
What else can you do at the Reserve?
Click the bookmark buttons on the experiences below to create your own itinerary for your stay. If you'd like some advice or more information please call us on 01303 264647 and we'll be delighted to help.
Junior Ranger days offer budding animal keepers a behind the scenes glimpse at Port Lympne on a guided VIP tour of the park with an animal specialist!Read More
Get hands on in this one day course that is ideal for young people who want to know what it takes to care for some of the most rare and endangered species on the planet.Read More
Our 30 minute encounters bring you face to face with some of the most endangered species on the planet.Read More
A rare opportunity to get close to some of the world’s most rare and endangered animals as you assist our keepers in their daily activities.Read More
Join our rangers and expert keepers as you take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity to help feed our gorillas their afternoon snacks!Read More
Your personal ranger will guide you and your group on a unique VIP safari to meet one of Africa’s Big Five, the black rhino and our critically endangered Rothschild giraffes.Read More
Come face to face with one of Africa’s Big 5, the black rhino, or our critically endangered Rothschild giraffes on a two hour adventure.Read More
Guided by one of our expert rangers, you’ll be transported to our Asian and African Experiences in a 90 minute tour.Read More
Improve your wildlife and nature photography under the expert guidance of a successful wildlife photographer.Read More
Hire a pair of night vision binoculars and explore the Reserve as darkness falls, whilst taking video and pictures of the animals at night.Read More
Take your stay to new heights when you book a hot air balloon ride. You’ll drift up, up and away to 6,500ft and experience incredible views over Port Lympne and the surrounding countryside.Read More
Your personal day planner
Below is a list of activities that you have added to your planner. Make sure you print off the day's itinerary! If any of the activities have a cost, don't forget to book them before you visit or ask at Guest Services when you arrive.
9:30am to 6:30pm
Last admission is 3:30pm
9:30am to 5:00pm
Last admission is 2:30pm
If you are travelling by road Port Lympne Reserve lies on the B2067, and is just past Ashford, Kent, 5 minutes from J11 of the M20.
- Free entry to Port Lympne Reserve and Dinosaur Forest
- Free entry to Howletts Wild Animal Park (excludes Pinewood stays)
- Complimentary parking
- Free WIFI
- TV (Excluding Giraffe Lodge, Bear Lodge and Pinewood pods)
- Towels and bath robes (excludes Pinewood and Bear Lodge)
- Bamford toiletries (excludes Pinewood pods and Bear Lodge)
- Selected accommodations have free use of a golf buggy for the duration of your stay - valid driving licence required