Port Lympne Reserve

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and I wanted to do something special to celebrate turning 26 so me and Jack took a trip to Port Lympne. I love going to zoos and aquariums so I was so excited to go as I had heard so many good things;  we arrived and I was literally like a 5 year old running from the car park to the main gate!

We started off by going to see the wallabies before making our way to ‘base camp’ to catch the safari. The safari’s run every 15 minutes and take you round the majority of the park and allows you to see the animals up close and personal which is so special. We sat right near the window so we could peek out and get the best views and it was incredible. I completely forgot that I was still in England because you’re completely surrounded by nature and animals, I’m not even kidding, we had to stop to let a giraffe cross the path!

After about 45 minutes, we got to the half way point of the safari where they give you the option to stay on it and go back to base camp or you can get off and walk the rest of the way back which is what we did. As soon as we got off, we found ourselves in the Dinosaur park which was full of scale models of different dinosaurs which Jack absolutely loved; it was like being in a peaceful version of Jurassic Park.

We carried on walking back towards the entrance and stopped off to see a lot of monkeys, some meerkats and the most adorable lion cubs. I knew before we went that they had recently welcomed some cubs but we hadn’t seen them and we were slowly coming to the end of our day so I thought we wouldn’t but as luck should have it; after making friends with some tigers, we found ourselves right in from of a lion, lioness and 3 of the cutest cubs I have ever seen. They were so playful were making the sweetest noise. I think we honestly stood there for about 15 minutes just watching them because they were so precious and it definitely was the highlight of the day for me.

Port Lympne is somewhere I have always wanted to go and I’m so happy that we went and on a special day too; I already want to go back because it was fantastic but I think next time I might suggest staying because the hotel looked stunning.

-Hannah X

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