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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Durrell Wildlife Camp Jersey/Trinity