I visited with my Granddaughter (11) to use her passport for the last time before it expired. We picked a good sunny day for a change and that helped when we spent ages in one queue after another! We decided to do the walking part first and apart from a rhino and the gorillas, saw very little in the other cages. We then decided to have our lunch in the mansion grounds only to find that it is now off limits to day visitors, very disappointing as it was one of the highlights of our past trips, especially the lake with the koi carp. I found the signage very poor and we kept going up tracks only to fine "no entry" signs. The park definitely needs more direction signs as the maps just aren't that helpful and I wasn't the only person who felt that, after speaking to another family who looked equally bemused by it.
We then had to queue again for the safari truck, but not bad as they were running every 10 mins. I have to agree with others in that they are very uncomfortable and so noisy that we also couldn't hear what little commentary there was. We got no chance to take photos as the driver just ignored any animals within camera-shot and carried on as fast as possible. There was yet another long queue for food and ice creams and only one girl serving, so I had to wait 30 minutes for 2 ice creams, which were expensive in my opinion.
I used to enjoy Port Lympne, but will not come back again as I feel that it is too expensive for a day out where there is not a lot to see. I also miss the walk around the park where I could stand and watch the elephants for a decent amount of time. We only saw a couple for a few seconds. Such a shame.
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