A unique family adventure like no other!
Get ready to see over 700 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 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 Reserve, the NEW Babydoll’s Wood Fired Pizza is sure to delight lovers of authentic Italian cuisine.
The stylish and modern 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. She was brought up from an infant in the cottage at Howletts and is adored by the Aspinall family and her dedicated keepers.
Open to day visitors and overnight guests from 12.00pm until 10.00pm 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 free 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 700 animals, including the largest herd of black rhino in the UK, western lowland gorillas, the only giraffe 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 and dinosaur 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.
NEW 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 alpaca 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! You’ll be amazed and entertained by our Dino Rangers, telling stories of the time the dinosaurs walked the earth, whilst you become palaeontologists 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.
New Years Eve Gala Dinner Dance31 Dec - 01 Jan
A New Year's Eve to remember. Indulge in a lavish four course gala dinner and dancing until 1am.
New Year's Day Walking Tour & Afternoon Tea01 Jan
Start 2018 off right and enjoy New Year’s Day at Port Lympne with a guided tour and delicious afternoon tea. You’ll work up an appetite as you embark on a walking tour of the reserve before heading to the four-star Port Lympne Hotel for your own delicious treats.
Wedding Open Day14 Jan
Join us at Port Lympne Hotel for our popular wedding open day. You’ll be able to meet industry suppliers, save money with promotional offers and explore our multi award winning venue and gardens.
How to get here
Port Lympne Reserve, Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD