The incredible wildlife park 60 minutes from London that looks like an African safari
Kent is renowned for its beautiful seaside resorts, historic architecture and stunning countryside views.
As Londoners, we all know that traveling in the ‘Garden of England’ doesn’t take long thanks to the fast train connections and access to the motorways.
And those who live in the south-east of the city can tour even quicker down the M20 – who doesn’t like a little day away from London every now and then, eh?
There is a hidden gem in Kent that literally makes you feel millions of miles from home.
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The Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve is home to over 900 animals of 75 different species, including zebras, giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys and many more.
This is no ordinary animal park as there are many animals that roam free in the reserve.
If you get on a safari truck, which costs just Â£ 6 on top of your ticket price, you can get among the animals and get up close to the giraffes that can be seen grazing in the trees, camels that stand relax by the side of the road and magnificent zebras and deer all wonderfully exploring the countryside.
There are various enclosures in the reserve, including “Africa” ââwhich alone is four times the size of London Zoo.
Some animals, including tigers, lions and rhinos, are in enclosures for safety reasons. However, they are huge and visitors can see them up close.
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Port Lympne is not only a great day out, but as part of The Aspinall Foundation charity they are also working to breed endangered animals and release them back into the wild.
This includes 70 gorillas who then gave birth to 35 gorillas, and they transferred eight black rhinos to Africa who then produced 25 offspring.
In the UK, Port Lympne is the largest breeder of African elephants, clouded leopards and De Brazza’s monkeys, and one of the most successful breeders of western lowland gorillas.
It is an incredible breeding sanctuary for rare and endangered animals.
The park is perfect for a day but it is also possible to enjoy a stay among the wildlife.
In the park, there is a luxury 4 * boutique hotel, a panoramic bubble capsule and a glamping area.
But what’s even more impressive is the range of lodges set up in the enclosures, meaning you wake up surrounded by your favorite animals in the comfort of your own getaway.
There are also cafes and restaurants on site!
Who needs to travel to Tanzania when Kent is teeming with wildlife, eh ?!
How long does it take to explore the reserve?
Port Lympne recommends that visitors take around three to five hours to experience all that the 600-acre reserve has to offer, from endangered animals, walks with stunning views, and historic landscaped gardens to food.
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Where is Port Lympne located?
The reserve is located just past Ashford on the B2067 just a five minute drive from the M20. It’s about an hour’s drive if you’re coming from South East London.
Traveling by train is very easy by taking the high-speed service to Ashford from St Pancras, or the 90-minute journey from Charing Cross or Victoria to Ashford. Then it’s a bus or taxi ride to the park.
How much does it cost?
Adult tickets are Â£ 22 while children’s tickets are Â£ 20.
Discounted discounts are also available.
The full day truck safari costs Â£ 6 more but is worth the trip.
For more information visit the website here.