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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted the UK's best tourism experience in 2012, Giraffe 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. ... more less