A couple of weekends ago we decided to seize a gorgeous September day and go to a Zoo. Roo has family near Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and it’s not too far away from us anyway. So we combined a trip to the zoo with visiting his brother.
What a great day we had! On the side of a hill with a spectacular view of the Kent coastline opens up a Savannah over hundreds of acres of countryside. The park offers various lodgings including safari-like glamping tents that overlook “Africa” with Giraffes, Antelopes, Ostriches, Zebra, Rhino and a few more. I’d love to stay there one day!
We came just for the day and so we explored the African Savannah by truck. The enclosure is so big, it feels like a real safari, bar the lions hunting the antelopes. Phew! 🙂 It really was the highlight to see giraffes roaming completely freely. They are so gentle and simply stunning. Although they seemed to hide from us, because by the time got up the hill, they decided to go down! We did however get very close to a grumpy Rhino that decided to block the road before walking right beside our truck within touching distance.
After the safari truck we saw the carnivores: lions, cheetahs and, the best of course, tigers.
Tigers are my favourite animal and I just can’t get enough of them. I would love to stroke one, maybe one day. In the meantime, I’m happy with the one we adopted for Noodle via WWF 🙂
We also spent quite some time looking at lots of different species of primate on the park’s special primate trail, we watched the Gorillas (there’s a baby!) and we loved the Baboons, who were having quite a ruck; the younger males challenging the ranks of the older.
The most fun we had was definitely the dinosaur forest. I’ve seen dinosaurs in other parks before but here is a dedicated bit of forest with loads of species, from huge to very tiny. Yes, there was a full size T-Rex and Brontosaurus. But we also saw small, hand-size ones that we’d never heard of. This trail is lots of fun and is perfect for anyone with an interest in dinosaurs as there’s lots of information about each one.
If you’d like to visit Port Lympne Wild Animal Park or book one of those amazing safari chalets for a night check out their website: http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne#main-content We can highly recommend it. We had a lot of fun and there’s loads of animals I haven’t even mentioned.
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