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Published October 20th 2012
Venture on an overnight African safari at Port Lypmne Zoo
Port Lypmne Wild Animal Park is set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland, and is home to over 650 rare and endangered animals. The zoo is most popular for its African safari and the amount of endangered species they look after, attracting thousands of visitor's everyday.
Port Lypmne Zoo works closely with The Aspinall Foundation, which is an animal conservation charity. The charity and zoo work together to return animals back into the wild. Some of their most successful work has been returning black rhinos, western lowland gorillas and przewalski horses into the wild which were born at the zoo. The connection with the zoo and the charity make Port Lypmne Zoo like no other.
The zoo offers the chance for the whole family to get up close to some of the worlds most endangered and best loved species. Some of the animals in the park include; the Barbary lion, cheetahs, the Indian tiger, the Siberian tiger, snow leopards, gorillas, elephants, and giraffes, to name a few. Most of these animals can be seen whilst walking around the zoo, however you will have to go on the safari to view some of them. When walking around the zoo there are many steep hills which may be a problem for some people, therefore the safari bus can take you to different parts of the zoo if you wish.
The best part of the zoo, from my perspective, is the safari which takes you around the parkland amongst the free roaming animals. On the safari you learn so much about the animals you see from the driver, and get to see some amazing animals up close with the view of the incredibly beautiful coastline in the distance. The best thing about the safari is that every time you go on it, it is bound to be different as the animals are freely roaming.
Watching the gorillas in the gorilla garden is also a must, however ensure that you check the feeding times and when they will be in their outside enclosure before you visit, as watching the gorillas in their outside enclosure is far more entertaining.
The zoo is also completely unique as it offers remarkable overnight accommodation. The zoo offers short breaks in their amazing luxury accommodation overlooking the animals, just like you are on an African safari. Port Lypmne zoo describes staying overnight as 'waking up to the sounds of the Serengeti'. You will certainly feel like you're on an African safari having an authentic African dinner and waking up to the sounds of animals as they drink out of the watering hole close to your room.
Experiences within the park such as short day animal encounters can also be booked as well as wildlife photography courses. You can also become a zoo keeper for a day or have a VIP safari with dining experiences. The endless amount of things to experience at Port Lypmne zoo makes it perfect for any special occasion.
As well as the zoo at Port Lypmne there is also a stunning 20th century mansion overlooking Kent's coastline and the zoo. The mansion is surrounded by beautiful gardens and even has its own maze. Inside there are mural painted rooms decorated by famous English artists such as Rex Whistler, Spencer Roberts and Martin Jordan. The mansion can be hired out for functions, and is undoubtedly a spectacular place for a wedding. More information can be found on the company's website.
Port Lypmne zoo is also incredible value for money. If you pay just a couple more pounds at the end of your visit, you will then be issued with a passport which allows you to come back an unlimited amount of times all year round. It is also advisable to book online as it will save you 20% off the normal ticket price.