West Midland Safari Park has started work on the first phase of a brand-new development, due to open this summer, offering guests the opportunity to stay overnight within its cheetah and African elephant reserves.
A first for the UK, eight luxury ‘Safari Lodges’ will be integrated into newly-updated animal habitats, designed to give guests an up-close and personal wildlife experience.
The elephant lodges will be authentically themed with thatched roofs, spacious open-plan living areas, and room to sleep up to six people. The large balcony with outdoor seating will offer spectacular views across the new habitat with the opportunity to watch elephants as they approach the pool in front of the lodges.
The two single-story, detached cheetah lodges will feature large floor-to-ceiling windows spanning one side of the building, offering panoramic views of the new habitat, also with room for up to six people.
Safari Lodge short breaks will include breakfast and evening meals, prepared by the head chef, admission to the Safari Park (and attractions during summer), with each lodge offering free Wi-Fi, TV, coffee machine and mini bar, filled with local produce.
The development is being overseen by Chris Kelly, who joins the Park as Accommodation and Venues Director, following his success as Short Breaks Director at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, part of the Aspinall Foundation.
For more information on the Safari Lodge development and booking information visit www.safari-lodges.co.uk