A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of visiting Port Lympne reserve, which is Kents largest wild animal park. It is somewhere we have always wanted to explore, and it was amazing! It boasts a huge 600-acre site, which is home to more than 900 animals including the largest herd of black rhino in the UK, western lowland gorillas, tigers, lions, leopards and so much more.
Pre booking is essential, to adhere too stringent new health and safety measures and allow for a reduced capacity of visitors. Due to its size, our visit felt very safe. All members of staff had a face mask/covering and it was also mandatory for visitors if they wished to purchase food or drink from their indoor takeaway facilities.
As soon as we entered the park, we knew where we wanted to head to first, the Lions and tigers! It was such a magical surreal experience. Milo, the Barbary lion was at the front of the enclosure, so I managed to catch a wonderful up close shot. He is beautiful! This side of the Park had the most breathtaking views. You could see as far as the sea, it was stunning!
Unfortunately, Safaris at Port Lympne are not currently running for day visitors. As a result, you will not currently be able to see the giraffe, zebra, spectacled bears or any species which live exclusively on the African, South American or Asian Safari experiences. It is, however, operating for Visitors who have booked short stays at the hotel or animal lodges.
We ate at Basecamp, which is located just where you would normally jump onto your Safari ride. The food was delicious. They also had childrens boxes where you could choose up tp 5 items but the girls had sausage, chips and beans. They’re also taking part in the Eat out to Help out, if you’re lucky enough to be visit in August.
Be prepared for A LOT of walking. This park is enormous, so I suggest comfortable shoes. It is also very hilly, which we didn’t find ideal with a pushchair. If you’re visiting with a young baby, a baby carrier would be very beneficial.
Raya definitely enjoyed the Gorillas and Monkeys the most, she would have stayed in the Palace of the Apes all day if I would have let her. The girls really enjoyed The Dinosaur Forest, which is the UKs largest outdoor dinosaur exhibition. You journey through acres of natural woodland, discovering amazing facts and information about the prehistoric world. My favourite was definitely the T Rex. He was amazing, but hidden behind some bushes which need trimming! It was amazing to know that every model is anatomically correct and just as it would have been as it walked the earth millions of years ago, fascinating!
Port Lympne also offers some incredible short stays. They have award winning short breaks range from glamping to a luxurious 4* hotel, or a unique Treehouse stay. Set in a unique coastal location, with amazing views, surrounded by wildlife. They also offer a Lion and Tiger lodge. To stay in one of those overnight is definitely high up on my bucket list.
There is so much to see and do at Port Lympne Reserve. You can even have a party, host an event or have a wedding of dreams at their award winning venue. It is a spectacular day out for the entire family, and definitely worth a visit!
Port Lympne is open 7 days a week. You must book an arrival time slot between 9.30am – 3pm
Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve
How do I Book?
Pre booking is essential to visit.
You can book tickets online and use code LIFEWITHMYGIRLS for 10% off Day Tickets.
*Our tickets were gifted in exchange for a review. Opinions are always honest and my own.