A Taste of Africa

| May 7, 2013

So you’ve probably seen all the hype from our Biggest, Baddest Bucket List competition, and have likely got to thinking: what’s on my bucket list?  Would you go cage diving with great white sharks, bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge or sky dive over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia?  Perhaps you’d like to swim with manatees or see the northern lights?  How about a safari?

While all these fantastic ideas are a challenge for most, they can also come with quite a hefty price tag!  Until now.

For the lucky locals of the UK, you can experience a real life safari right here on your doorstep.  At The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Safari Park, you can get a taste of an authentic South African safari.  On my recent visit I stayed at The Livingstone Lodge where guests are welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne or Amarula (delicious, creamy South African liquor made from the marula fruit) before a briefing and introduction from your very own South African ranger.

Over the two days, guests experience a real safari through the park’s vast expanse, accompanied by a ranger to answer any questions and to tell you about the animals.  You’ll see cheetahs, giraffes, zebra, ostrich, wildebeest, wild dogs and elephants – and that’s just on day one!

As the sun sets, guests retire to their luxury stilted tents and dine on an authentic five-course meal.  Rising early and scoffing down the large and varied breakfast, you’ll be whisked off for a second safari.  Taking a different route you’ll pass rhino, gorillas, baboons, and the carnivore territory before ending your African experience back at the lodge reception.  Taking full advantage of the park’s attractions you’re more than welcome to wander around on foot before heading back to the real world… To Kent.


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She’s lived in 15 houses in 21 years, been bowled over by a silverback in Rwanda, attacked by horses in Cheltenham, skied up trees in Bavaria, crashed a moped in Thailand and buried alive in South Africa - this army-brat is made of strong stuff. The newest member of the creatively crafty content team, Laura has work published with Lonely Planet and ABTA magazine, the ASTA Network and The Sunday Times. With a bucket list to die for (excuse the pun) and a gob that won’t stop gabbing, she hopes to become a travel writer, gossiping her way around the globe.

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