In early March, Kent-based animal attraction Port Lympne Reserve revealed its new Pinewood Camping Pods – the park’s latest accommodation option – and I was there at the official opening.
Situated in a prime position opposite the leopard enclosures, the 10 cosy pods are each equipped with two single beds, a double futon, and power and lighting, providing a modern camping experience. Outside each pod, there is a private decking area complete with a BBQ whilst home-cooked meals and snacks are available from the onsite Club House. Overnight guests can enjoy access to parts of the reserve before it opens to the public along with two days unlimited entry.
On my visit, I had the chance to explore the 600-acre park on a VIP safari, and spotted giraffes, zebras, rhinos and many other animals roaming freely in the grounds. However, my favourite animals of the visit were the Amur tigers and Barbary lions, housed just minutes away from the new camping pods.
The reserve’s other accommodation offers include luxury tents at Elephant Lodge, the four-star Port Lympne Hotel and VIP experiences in Livingstone Cottage, with the new Treehouse Hotel launching on 3rd July. Certainly an extra special animal-themed option for group stays!