Spent a long weekend here with my wife and 3 children aged 3,4 and 8 to celebrate her birthday. We were very lucky to have mid to high 20's temperatures all weekend which added to the feel of looking out over an arid plain rather than the Kentish countryside.
The accommodation was perfect for us, two separate bedrooms as well as a living room and a cabin style bed giving space for up to 6 comfortably within the large Safari style tents. All tents have a deck at the front with far reaching views out over Romney marsh and to the sea beyond.
As well as free access to the park during your stay and free entry to Howletts zoo near Canterbury guests are also given free tour evening activities, which for us included a sunset Safari, Tiger feeding and small cat feeding, with fascinating talks form the parks wardens.
The Staff onsite were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Behind the tents there is a lodge/restaurant where we ate for two nights out of three. One might was a la carte and the other evening there was a Mongolian BBQ. Both were excellent and reasonably priced..
If you can't do the real thing this is as close as you will get to the safari experience without going to Africa, for young children it was a fantastic experience and my 3 year daughter keeps asking when she can go back a month later.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bear Lodge is a luxury 'glamping' experience in spacious tented accommodation, with stunning views over our brand new bear enclosure, out to the Romney Marsh and English Channel. Formerly known as Elephant Lodge, family and friends can stay for 1, 3, 4 or 7 nights on our secure gated site, with parking. 19 luxury tents with en suite facilities, each comfortably sleeping six people, surround our central Bear Lodge Clubhouse and children's play area. Inside the tents, there's a spacious living area, including the 'bear necessities' such as cutlery, crockery, a small fridge and sink, plus, separate sleeping areas with real beds and comfy mattresses. The on-site clubhouse restaurant has a brand new menu for 2016, including traditional South American dishes, to compliment the arrival of our bear pair. We've also fully refurbished our bar area and alongside our new cocktail menu, guests can sample our exclusive 'spectacled beer'. A stay at Bear Lodge, includes entry to Port Lympne Reserve and sister park Howletts, near Canterbury and additional experiences are available to book including private Ranger guided safaris, animal experiences, archery, fishing, cycling and zorbing, so every day can be filled with wild adventures! ... more less