Come face to face with black rhino and red lechwe at Rhino Lodge. A beautifully refurbished historical cottage with incredible neighbours and outstanding coastal views from your private garden. Relax in style and comfort at this peaceful retreat, ideal for unwinding, away from the buzz of everyday life.
Originally one of the gatehouses of Philip Sassoon’s estate, this charming grade 2 listed cottage has two King size bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms - complete with roll top baths, complimentary Bamford products and fluffy towels, a separate smaller bedroom nook downstairs, plus a cosy sitting room with windows offering views over your garden to a wild world beyond.
A stay at Rhino Lodge includes access to routes and pathways that are not normally open to our day visitors, allowing you to explore natural areas and see the animals in peace and tranquillity from your personal golf buggy.
Set on the main drive to the four star hotel, Rhino Lodge is within easy access of the 600 acre wildlife park. After a day exploring the Reserve in your personal golf buggy and getting back to nature, you can relax in your secluded garden, watching black rhino and red lechwe in their adjoining paddocks, against a backdrop of far reaching coastal views
Set in a beautiful landscaped garden, at the heart of Port Lympne Reserve, the new Babydoll’s Wood Fired Pizza is sure to delight lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. The stylish restaurant, has been named after the much loved gorilla, Babydoll, who at the grand old age of 55, is the last surviving original Howletts gorilla.
Open every day from 12.00pm to 10.00pm you can relax in the garden, or curl up on the comfy sofas and armchairs on the veranda with a glass of prosecco and a selection of antipasti, before tucking in to a freshly prepared wood fired pizza or pasta dish. We also offer gluten free pizza, alongside a selection of wines, beers and non alcoholic drinks.
Alternativley, book a table at the four star Port Lympne Hotel, just a short buggy ride away or enjoy a meal at the Bear Lodge Clubhouse or Pinewood Café. We use the very best seasonal produce from our own vegetable and herb gardens and locally sourced ingredients wherever we can in our restaurants.
After a day spent exploring the Reserve in your personal golf buggy, why not relax at the Treehouse Clubhouse and enjoy the roaring indoor fire in the winter, or bask in the afternoon sun on the lawns in the summer. You can enjoy a drink from the well-stocked bar, as you chat to your fellow guests and our rangers, or play games and enjoy the warmth of the outdoor fire pits as you toast marshmallows and watch the sun set over the rhino paddocks.
You’ll have your very own golf buggy for the duration of your stay, so you can explore the Reserve in style. You’ll even enjoy access to the Reserve before the visitors arrive and after the park closes in the evening, offering the opportunity to see the animals in a completely different light.
Meet the animals
Port Lympne Reserve is home to over 700 animals and 88 species. See these magnificent animals during your stay. With rhino right on your doorstep there's plenty to keep you occupied but you can also see wolves, bears, giraffe, zebra and many more.
Explore the reserve
There's so much to see and do at Port Lympne that you'll want to stay even longer! Take a safari ride, visit our landscaped gardens and maze, take in the views from the Trojan steps and even visit our new attraction Dinosaur Forest. There's plenty to keep you entertained during your stay.
Experiences at Port Lympne
In addition to your stay at Rhino Lodge, make your visit extra special by booking one of our many special experiences.
- Sleeps four adults plus a child room
- Smart TV
- Log burners
- Use of Babydoll's Wood Fired Pizza, Treehouse Club lounge, Bear Lodge Clubhouse (in season), Pinewood and Port Lympne Hotel
- Free use of golf buggy for duration of stay (valid driving licence required)
- Free unlimited entry to Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Park
Check in starts at 2pm, whilst check out at 11am the following day.
For more information, you can call 01303 234112 Monday to Sunday between 9am to 5pm.
Alternatively you can make an enquiry by filling in our simple online form and one of our team will be in touch.Book online
Plan Your Stay
See our example itineraries or create your own by using our activity planner. Create a unique stay at Port Lympne Reserve by booking extra activities such as animal encounters, private safaris, dining experiences, or segway tours!
No matter how long you choose to stay with us, you'll find plenty of activities and experiences to keep everyone entertained for the duration of your stay.
Plan Your Stay
Our unique short break accommodations can be booked exclusively or in part, subject to availability, as part of your conference or private event.