We were due to go to a charity to last Saturday – for Great Ormond Street hospital, so we looked around for a hotel to stay in close by, and discovered the Elephant Lodges at Port Lympne, and book a lodge for a long weekend.

The lodges are modelled on african safari lodges :

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they were great – here’s a few more pics of the lodges themselves.

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There were 4 of us, and there were beds for 8. A really interesting concept, and the lodges were very well equipped, and comfortable. We had unlimited firewood (which unfortunately was seriously raw and damp, but with a firestarter it all started burning merrily and heated up the lodge quickly.

The pice of the lodge included access to the safari park as well – not bad at all.

A few tips if you want to stay here :

– We arrived late (we had notified the park of this) – and had a hard time getting in to the lodges, as the area the lodges are in are fenced off – with a secure area where you need a access code to open the gates to get in. Unfortunately there were no-one at the gate, the intercom did not work, and no-one answered any of the phone numbers in the booking confirmation or the website. We had to drive around the area until we found the hotel and the gatehouse for the park, and got them to radio one of the rangers. 
This took us close to one hour – by which time the restaurant could not get us in for a meal….

So ask for the code for the gate – or a contact phone number when you book.