A Quintessentially British SafariBy Elouise Mullen -
Think Safari, and you probably think of the wide open plains of Africa. A watering hole surrounded by antelope, a savanna prowled by tigers, and a river within which crocodiles lurk. You almost certainly do not think of Kent, the small British town prone to rain and famous for seafood. Port Lympne Reserve in Ashford near Kent, however, offers a luxury safari experience in the heart of the UK. The attraction makes it the perfect getaway for those who find long haul flights challenging, for large families, or for those who want a slice of safari action on a more reasonable budget.
The resort has a range of accommodation available, from tree top luxury apartments to glamping facilities. Each has its own unique atmosphere, and guests are advised to contact the resort before booking to ensure that it meets their specific requirements. Champaign is provided on arrival, and guests are allowed to roam around the resort by themselves after visiting hours on their own gold buggy!
And the resort itself is something spectacular. Ever wanted to hand feed giraffes, monkeys, or a rhino? What about a tiger? All this and more is possible at Port Lympne Reserve and to make the most of your trip you can book animal encounters and guided tours in advance. If you don't fancy staying overnight, you can visit the resort for the day.
The resort's accommodations all provide facilities for you to cook your own meals - but why not try African inspired cuisine at the clubhouse? If after a long day exploring you feel like staying in but don't feel like cooking, order a Mediterranean buffet to be delivered to your accommodation for you, which you can enjoy while gazing across the planes of Kent as dusk falls, from the comfort of your own luxury treehouse.
Port Lympne Reserve offers all the best bits of a luxury safari holiday without the hassle of a long haul flight, unendurable temperatures or unwanted mozzies. An ideal weekend break, the resort provides for families, large groups, and even hosts special events including weddings. If all of the above wasn't reason enough to visit this incredible resort, it also works to conserve animal welfare, and works towards getting animals in captivity back to their natural habitat. Thumbs up all around.
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