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Livingstone Lodge
Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Lympne CT21 4PD , England   |  
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“What an amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the livingstone cottage for 2 night. Absolutely gorgeous acommodation and vip treatment. Nothing was too much trouble and the ranger took us indoors to touch the giraffes and then handfeed the rhino!

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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We arrived from Leeds just in time and were greeted with a welcome drink by two lovely rangers from south Africa. We junped aboard the custom authentic style safari jeep ( and armed with snuggly blankets!). We began with some of the animals kept in enclosures such as elephants but the giraffes were keeping warm inside ( the next day on the second safari the ranger convinced the keeper to lure them out so we could get out and up close briefly!). Then it was onto the animals that were able to cohabit together and roam free for miles such as wilder beasts, deer ostrich etc. then onto african painted dogs and many more.

We arrived at the lodges where our bags were already waiting for us and after having a peek we we went to the lovely Laapa. The tents were huge with two lamps and a heater ( please be prepared if you go at a cold time we had snow in april and was painfully cold but i should have been better prepared.
The laapa has comfy seats a log fire and is decorated authentically. The rangers we so friendly and chatty and incredibly knowledgable. They were happy to answer any questions about the animals and there tales about back home were fascinating.
After a few hours chatting with fellow guests we were served a DELICIOUS meal- fillet steak scallops mushroom stuffed with goats cheese loads of starters desserts cheeseboard etc- al the mains were cooked over a pit fire which kept us warm and smelt lovely.
After a chilly nights sleep- filled with the sounds of the animals! We went for our lovely full breakfast, the food was fantastic. We then stood on the laapa balcony looking at the waterhole and the animals-i imagine in summer you will see more but we had plenty to look at
Our tents we located in front of the black rhino enclosure and just before we set off on our second safari we saw them up close and learnt loads about them

The second safari was shorted and took a different route . The rangers made sure we saw the giraffes bless them! We then went back to reception

Except the weather which is nones fault! It was so relaxing refreshing and fun we had a good giggle and i felt in my element

Thanks to all the staff and i hope to return one summer!

We then had free entry into Howletts about 30 min away which is a must see
The animals braved the weather for us except a few and was so enjoyable

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We spent the day in Port Lympne animal park looking at the animals not in the safari experience and then we checked in and had some very welcome bubbly in a very warm room. Who expected it to be SO cold at Easter?!? We boarded our vehicle, were given a blanket and off we went. Yes it was cold! Yes the animals were sometimes tucked away in the warm but our knowledgeable ranger entertained us with tales of Africa and fascinating facts about the animals we saw and didn't quite see. Our tents were lovely. The Laapa was lovely. The food was lovely. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FREEZING BUT THEY CAN'T HELP THE WEATHER! Everyone talked to each other and the 'Dunkirk' spirit was evident. It was colder in the Laapa than in our tent I am sure! The ranger did his best to give us some experiences to make up for the snow and the cold. We will go again and choose a time of year less likely to be snowy! On departure we went to Howletts. It was a full 2 days. A different experience. One I am glad we had. I will go back with my children. I think we made sure the most of it. It is not the cheapest short break but 2x entrance to both parks, 2x DBB not so bad. The drinks weren't extortionate either.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We booked around the beginning of October and every part of it was fantastic.
We met at the reception and got there at the 4pm recommended time and were the last ones there, we were greeted by our rangers and promptly give a glass of champers.
The tour was great and i love the fact that Adam went into loads of detail about the animals and was amazed by the work they do with regards to re-integrating the animals back into teh wild etc.
We arrived at the tents and went and got changed ready for dinner, taking time to go and get a drink then come back and admire the view sitting on the chairs with blankets wrapped around us (supplied). The view from here is amazing!
We stayed in one of the tents which had the four poster bed, everything was simply breath taking.
The food at the lodge was amazing and cooked to perfection, the company was good and everyone seemed friendly enough.
The accomodation was fantastic, even though it was very cold, maybe we could have done with one more heater in the tent. Trips to the toilet which was around 30 metres away were brisk as it was freezing!
Breakfast was great and a further guided tour through the park was excellent.
Our only downside was that we had to get back home otherwise we would loved to have stayed in the park longer.
Only Downsides: It is still a tent, albeit a gorgeous tent with an outside toilet block. We did our research before we went so we knew what to expect.
Upsides: Truely breathtaking views, amazing views and by far the highlights were feeding the black rhinos, they like to be scratched behind the ears like big dogs!!!
Once in a lifetime stay, really enjoyed it!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the tents which had the four poster bed in, cost us i think around £50 but very...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

first time we went in october 2011 and as expected it was freezing! overall we loved the experience so much we booked to go again in july this year. this time the weather was scorching and could not have been better. we stayed in the rhino tent which is directly in front of the watering hole. got to sit and watch the animals coming to drink well into the evening and also first thing in the morning before breakfast. amazing. could not fault a thing about our stay. rangers very friendly and informative. food delicious. tents all have lovely big robes and slippers with free toiletries. do not hesitate to book-you will not be disapointed!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I'd heard and read a lot about this prior to going and nothing I'd heard or read really did it justice!
From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff whatsoever.
We were greeted by Warren, with a glass of African Champagne, followed by a fantastic and extremeley interesting 2 hour safari hosted by Sandile who was about as good a ranger as you can wish for and funny with it. We then arrived at the lodge (where our overnight bags had already been delivered and placed in our luxury tents) and were left to settle in and take in the views for an hour or so before heading to the Laapa for dinner where a beautiful meal awaited us. In the morning we were up for 7, had a hearty breakfast and then off for another hour long safari.
We were so lucky with the weather as it poored with rain the next day but we had clear blue skies even though it was the end of September.
Ourselves and every other couple or group agreed that this really was an amazing experience and all said we would love to return. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
When we do return we will definitely do so in the height of summer so we hopefully get the warmer weather but also, so we get more time watching the animals around the watering hole in the evening before nighttime sets in.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

I would recommend livingstone lodge to anyone (an already have passed the details onto family and friends). I have taken part in a number of "animal experiences" at various zoos but this is something else. The views are breathtaking. My only criticism is that I didn't get any sleep as the wind was so loud against the tent (not that this is the fault of the company). Everyone woke up thinking their tents were going to collapse under the wind so worth taking some ear plugs if you're a light sleeper. I was dubious at the thought of communal toilets/showers but they were clean and of a good standard, beware of you're scared of bugs, I had to share my shower with a daddy long legs. I was the only person that showered so there were no long waits etc. I loved the animals coming up to the watering hole, in the morning the keepers scattered some food by the watering hole meaning all the animals come up (apart from the giraffes). If you go make sure you take a camera with lots of memory/battery andwarm clothes/layers, I wore a summer dress spent a lot of the evening running outside to take photos and I was freezing, most people just wore jeans/hoodies to dinner. Finally be aware there is no wifi/3G connection, it's an amazing place so you dont need any outside entertainment but just incase your reliant on email etc while your there.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Lympne CT21 4PD , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Lympne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Lympne
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted the UK's best tourism experience in 2012, the Livingstone Lodge Safari Experience at Port Lympne, Kent, is the UK's only overnight safari lodge perfect for a romantic break, engagement, celebrations and Hen Parties and has to be the answer to those who would love to visit the wilds of Africa on safari. Enjoy a multi award winning safari experience and a totally magical night under the stars, first-class authentic African dining, dawn safari, full breakfast & more. ... more   less 

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