Just got back from our little adventure safari….didn’t have to go very far at all – Port Lympne near Folkestone!
Fantastic place I have to say, although it didn’t start out quite as I had imagined it. Since Grace and Mark have grown up, I am completely out of the School Holidays loop.
Which is clearly NOW!
Queues of screaming, over-excited children, mothers barking at them to stop frightening the animals, loads of strollers –
and Dave & me in the middle.
I found it comical. Actually, it was Dave’s face which cracked me up. All he said was, “well, they call them zoos for a reason,”
Maybe I’m delusional, perhaps watching Joanna Lumley in India the evening before had conjured up a slightly more majestic scenario, but I honestly had visions of Dave and I in a jeep with a seasoned safari expert, following the wilderbeasts and feeding the giraffes.
In reality, we piled into an old army truck which was towing a second trailer, rammed full of about 50 kids and parents!
But once we got underway, and got over Mrs Bouquet vs Mrs Bucket, it was fabulous. The weather was excellent, the guide was super informative, the views across the park right down to the sea were spectacular –
and we saw loads of wild endangered species, from giraffes, ostriches and black rhinos,
big cats, wild painted dogs, buffalo and giraffes
This is the Port Lympne Hotel/Mansion we stayed in overnight.
A M A Z I N G.
And not that expensive either. Only 8 bedrooms – and each one more beautiful than the other.
The interior was eclectic, wild, beautiful and really REALLY sumptuous.
Everywhere you looked the artwork was mind boggling.
In fact, it inspired me to dig out some of our African animal stamps and have a play tomorrow.
Join me tomorrow, and I will show you some of the murals in the dining room and conference room. I want to read up a little about the place too…
But if you were ever looking for a unique overnight, with beautiful gardens, 5 star food and wonderful views, Port Lympne is your destination. I am already planning the next visit.
We also walked along the Hythe coast for miles,
(to work off the afternoon tea before dinner!).
And today, we came home via Rye, where we walked loads more miles around the bird sanctuary.
WINDY, VERY WINDY!
We have only been away 2 days, but it’s as if we’ve been gone for weeks to an exotic place thousands of miles away.
Love & Hugs,