Thursday 26th & Friday 27th March 2020
Shortened Safari Routes
Please note that due to road repair works there will be no safaris to The African Experience on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th March 2020. Although you won't be able to see our wonderful giraffe herd, you will still travel through our Asian Experience where you'll find our wallowing water buffalos and herds of deer wandering the plains.
On Thursday 26th March, the safari route will run through the South American and Asian Experiences and stop at the Carnivore Territory stop as usual before heading back to Basecamp. On Friday 27th March the route will run in reverse from Basecamp to the Carnivore Territory stop, then enter the Asian Experience before returning to the Carnivore Territory stop and heading back to Basecamp.
We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you enjoy your visit with us.
A unique family adventure like no other!
Get ready to see over 900 rare and endangered animals, go on safari, see Kent’s only giraffe, spectacled bears the UK’s largest dinosaur collection and MUCH MUCH more…
Home to the UK's original and authentic safari experiences, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve offers a unique family adventure like no other zoo! Set in over 600 acres, you will be transported to the plains of Africa and Asia to see animals roaming freely, then explore on foot to see big cats, small cats, primates, gorillas and many more animals before discovering life sized prehistoric creatures in Dinosaur Forest - all included in the price of your entry ticket!
The BIG day out
Babydoll's Wood Fired Pizza
Set in beautiful landscaped gardens, at the heart of Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Babydoll’s Wood Fired Pizza is sure to delight lovers of authentic Italian cuisine.
The stylish and modern restaurant, was named after the much loved gorilla, Babydoll, who at the grand old age of 57, was the last surviving original Howletts gorilla before she sadly passed away in 2018. She was brought up from an infant in the cottage at Howletts and was adored by the Aspinall family and her dedicated keepers.
Open from 12pm daily, you can begin your Italian experience outside, surrounded by beautiful olive trees and flowers, or relax on the comfy sofas or armchairs on the veranda with a glass of prosecco and selection of antipasti, before tucking in to a freshly prepared and baked wood fired oven pizza or a satisfying bowl of pasta. All our seasonal vegetables and herbs used at Babydoll’s are sourced directly from our own kitchen garden and we also offer gluten friendly pizzas too. A selection of fine wines and prosecco, alongside non alcoholic and hot drinks is also available.Menu
Meet the animals
We’re home to over 900 animals, including the largest herd of black rhino in the UK, western lowland gorillas, the only giraffes in Kent, tigers, lions, leopards, bears and so much more! With regular animal births and new species coming in every year, there’s always something different to see. Meet all of our lovely animals here.
There's lots to explore on your day out
From a free safari to some Kentish woodland walks, there are 600 acres of Port Lympne to keep you entertained throughout your day.Buy your tickets
Your day out
As well as all the amazing animals, you'll find play parks, our BIG attraction Dinosaur Forest, the Port Lympne Hotel gardens with maze and more. You can also join in our FREE animal talks.
Your safari adventure starts here! Enjoy a coffee and a snack at Basecamp Cafe, then jump on board one of our safari trucks and journey out to the South American, Asian and African Experiences. Later you'll continue your adventure to Carnivore Territory, home to mighty dinosaurs, big cats, small cats and more.
South American Experience
Journey to South America on our safari trucks to see Brazilian tapirs, Tommy and Che. Spot capybara as they graze with the vicugna and look out for Kent’s only spectacled bear pair – Oberon and Rina, as they scale the heights of their grassy home to get a better view. See if you can catch a glimpse of our coatimundi as they scurry about!
Jump on our authentic safari trucks and journey through the stunning Kent countryside and prepare yourself to encounter free roaming herds of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. You will be amazed at how close you get to the animals!
Your safari journey continues into the Asian Experience where water buffalo wallow and herds of deer roam the plains.
Steel your nerves as you enter Carnivore Territory and come face to face with majestic big cats and elusive small cats. Curl up on the comfy sofas and armchairs on the veranda at Babydoll's Wood Fired Pizza with a glass of prosecco and a selection of antipasti, before tucking in to a freshly prepared wood fired pizza or pasta dish. Now you're prepared to enter Dinosaur Forest...
Step into a Jurassic world when you visit Dinosaur Forest, the largest collection of life size dinosaurs in Europe at Kent’s biggest wild animal park! Marvel at the tremendous T- Rex, stare at the stegosaurus, feel the terror of the pterodactyl and delight at the sheer size of the diplodocus! Become a palaeontologist and dig for your very own fossils.
Explore the wooded pathways to discover many species of endangered primates and visit The Palace of the Apes, home to our family of Western lowland gorillas.
Port Lympne Restaurant
Port Lympne Restaurant offers an intimate venue for dining, set against a dramatic backdrop of animal murals which decorate the entire dining room. With an extensive range of fine wines, alongside a delicious a la carte menu designed by our executive chef, the restaurant features dishes using locally sourced Kentish produce.
Dusk Safaris08 Apr - 06 Aug
Journey to Kent’s authentic savannahs - alive with South American, Asian and African animals, whilst taking in the stunning sunset views, before enjoying a three course meal at the Port Lympne Hotel.
How to get here
Port Lympne Reserve, Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD