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Durrell Wildlife Camp
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Perfect place in a storm !!”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We had already rebooked for next summer before leaving our first stay in July. But so much had we enjoyed that stay we soon realised we wouldn't manage to wait that long. And so it was that we returned togged up with our woolies and hot water bottles for the last week of the season, little knowing we would be just in time for THE 2013 storm.

So first of all I am happy to report that both the pod and the teepee remained totally water tight and wind tight throughout. Anyone concerned about the integrity of these wonderful structures (it seems mean-spirited to call them tents !) need not worry. And although we were unable to use the wood burner when the wind was strong, at other times it kept us more than sufficiently toasty.

Before moving off the storm, I must record thanks to Ashley, the wonderful camp manager. He kept us informed throughout, was most concerned for our safety and himself stayed overnight in a spare pod lest he not be able to get into work the following morning. Dedication indeed. He, and it must be said all the staff at Durrell, are at the very heart of what makes a holiday at Durrell such a special experience. Thank you all.

All our favourite animals were still much in evidence, although understandably spending more time inside their enclosures due to the weather. I've read some reviews complaining that the animals were less 'on display' than before. All I can say is: wise animals. Durrell is always an experience that rewards patience and the best viewing experiences come by waiting and being still. We had the privilege of being amongst the very first to see the second Andean bear, Quechua. And if anything the lemurs are even easier to watch when the trees are bare.

Beyond Durrell, we discovered a wide range of very interesting autumn walks around the island, quite manageable with our active 5 yo.Stumbling across a virtually unpublicised set of war tunnels at Grosnez being a particular high point. A particularly rainy day also found us discovering the excellent Jersey Museum.

Overall both Durrell and Jersey have rapidly become firm favourites and we look forward eagerly to returning next summer.

Btw, we travelled by the fast Condor ferry from Poole. Quick, easy and highly recommended. A (very) early start from Surrey and at Durrell by late lunchtime.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from our Durrell Camp experience and all I can say is WOW!

What en excellent place that has been well thought out and executed! The tents are very comfortable and cosy with the log burner and the kitchen and toilet have brilliant facilities! They have thought of everything!!

Our tent was right next to the lemurs was brilliant especially hearing the noises they make!

Durrell should be very proud of the conservation park, what a excellent holiday experience! Some may think it is a little pricey but it is worth every penny! Can't wait to go back and stay again :)

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Just stayed for one night and really enjoyed it. The weather was in our favour so that certainly helped as it was dry and sunny the day we got there. Lovely to be on the doorstep of the Durrell Wildlife Park and have unlimited access during the park's opening hours. The pods are very comfortable and cosy with the wood burning stove to add cheer and comfort. Do take a decent torch as no light in the shower/toilet room. You have one pod for your bedroom/living space, a deck, table and chairs, sun loungers. Your kitchenette and bathroom are separate. Advice if staying this time of year take plenty of layers as it does get a tittle chilly in the night and buy an extra bag of wood/kindling for your stove as we ran out of wood for the morning. A thoroughly enjoyable evening with no TV and just listening to the sounds from the park. A superb way to switch off and relax. Awesome adventure for kids as they can have a separate tepee to the main pod.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We recently spent a weekend at this great camp, it really blows your mind with just how comfortable the pods are.. fully carpeted, with a full on very comfortable bed, and the bonus of a small wood burner to add to the romance!
The pods are set out on a decked area, with also a separate fully fitted kitchen & fully fitted bathroom areas. The decked area also has a patio with table, chairs & a pair of sun loungers.
This is all set up just over the fence from the Aye Aye Lemurs in the wildlife park, with there loud calls making you feel like your in Madagascar!
There is a BBQ area right next to the camp reception area, which we used.. also the café at the entrance to the wildlife park was also excellent for light bites etc.. open on Friday evening till 8.
Another evening we went out to eat in a local pub.
Unlimited entry to the Wildlife Park is included in your overnight stays, which we just loved and spent a number of hours watching the animals.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

We booked this holiday as something different to do . What an amazing expierience! We are so glad we did. The pods are clean with everything to make your stay most comfortable.Bed linen and towels provided and ice packs available whenever you need them. There is a very relaxed atmosphere and no one interferes with you. We were feet away from the Lemurs and got to see them play everyday. With unlimited access to the park you are never short of something to do. No time limits to come and go to the camp site. We would thouroughly reccommend this holiday and we are planning our next visit. A big thank you to ranger Ashley and all the other staff for such a memorable time.

Mnay thanks Eileen and Mick

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

What a fantastic idea and a brilliant place to stay. Comfortable and spacious pods, relaxing atmosphere and you simply can't beat breakfast on the terrace watching the Lemurs playing in the trees literally only yards away.
The Durrell Wildlife Park is a joy to visit, so the unlimited entry enables you to enjoy this to the full and you must take advantage of the 'after hours' opportunity.
Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aberdare, Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We managed to get a cancellation at Durrell, and it must have been fate! What an amazing place! We are a family of four, my children are 13 and 9, and my husband has MS, so mobility is an issue, he is unable to cover any distance on foot and relies on a wheelchair. At the camp this wasn't an issue. There are 2 'pods' that are accessibility pods but as we had a cancellation, these were not available. We took our own wheelchair but did hire a mobility scooter from the park.
The pods are amazing (I have to admit I was sceptical). There are 2 main areas, the sleeping pod and the kitchen/bathroom pod. These are set on a well maintained decking area with a table and chairs with a parasol and sun beds. Lovely to sit out with a cold glass listening to the noises of the park.

The kitchen is well stocked with good quality crockery and implements. There is a toaster and on stove kettle, bread bin and chopping board. Lovely big wine glasses, plenty of cutlery and a cooler box to keep the wine, milk, etc cool. The freezer packs are provided and we found it best to change them in the morning and when we returned in the evening. There is a light in the kitchen and a wifi dongle, 2 ring stove and a sink unit.

The bathroom had a beautiful shower, sink and toilet (with good quality paper provided). The shower didn't really pose a problem for my husband, the wet room in the accessibility pod would have been better, but we managed fine. There is also an airer to dry towels (towel packs are available to hire - excellent quality)

The bedroom pod is amazing! The one we were in had a pine double bed which was of superb quality with equally good quality pillows and quilt. You almost sink into the bed! The children had a single mattress on the floor. There is a wood burner which is really cosy in the evening! A bedside light and solar torch is provided. The floor is carpeted, which is lovely! A hanging rail for clothes is provided and a large lidded underbed box, along with 2 bedside cabinets. Very roomy.

We were in pod 8 which is the furthest away. This was lovely as it was completely private. In the centre of camping area is a green where the children played, all the kids mixed, it was lovely. It was perhaps one of the most relaxing holidays we have had. We thought that we would be kept awake by the noise of the animals in the park but you soon get used to it. The lemurs start about 5am, but I quickly went back to sleep and didnt notice it as the week progressed. In fact it was quite comforting to hear the tamarins, lemurs, flamingoes and cranes. It was a fantastic break and a very different holiday, I am so glad we were able to get the cancellation. All the staff are extremely helpful, sylvie who took the booking, Ashley and vicky who work at the camp, were all very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble.

We did one of the twilight tours with ed, this was excellent. It should only have been an hour but was closer to 2! If you are contemplating this as a holiday, do it! We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Durrell Wildlife Camp
Address: Les Augres Manor, La Profonde Rue, Trinity JE3 5BP
Location: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Jersey > Trinity
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Trinity
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Durrell Wildlife Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wind down in the wild at Durrell Wildlife Camp, an exclusive luxury getaway experience, and let the sights and sounds of our zoo in Jersey transport you to the forests of Madagascar. Each spacious camping pod has a double bed, wood burning stove, outdoor deck with sun-beds, as well as showering and kitchen facilities. Pods can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children. Tipis are also available for up to 2 children or teenagers. ... more   less 
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