Open every day except Christmas day. Summer: 10am – 6pm (last admission 4.30pm) Winter: 10am – 5pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Every day is different at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and there's always something new to see and do. Set in 600 acres, including a magnificent mansion and 15 acres of landscaped gardens the park offers a totally wild day out for all the family!
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is home to the largest breeding herd of Black Rhino outside Africa as well as Siberian and Indian tigers, African elephants, small cats, monkeys, Barbary lions and many more rare and endangered species. The world's largest gorillarium, 'The Palace of the Apes' is home to a family group of Gorillas, fed at 12 noon and 3:00pm daily.
Make your visit to Port Lympne even more memorable by taking a day safari on The African Experience! Take your seat and head out into the wild where you'll see giraffe, black rhino, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, antelope and other wonderful wild animals roaming free as if on the plains of Africa. Subject to availability and small additional charge. You could even stay overnight at the fantastic new Livingstone Safari Lodge for an authentic safari adventure or dine in style at The Watering Hole Restaurant.
Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks were set up by the late John Aspinall with the aim of protecting and breeding rare and endangered species and returning to safe areas in their native homeland. World leaders in conservation the Parks have so far returned to the wild Przewalski's horses, black rhino, Sumatran rhino, Cape buffalo, ocelots, pythons and gorillas.
As a registered charity all proceeds from your visit will go directly to our vital conservation work here and abroad including our gorilla rescue and rehabilitation projects in Africa.
With so much to see and do at Port Lympne we recommend that you allow between 3 and 5 hours to fully enjoy the park.
• 90 species of rare and endangered animals
• Restaurant, refreshment kiosks and picnic areas
• Gift shops
• Adventure playground
• African Experience safaris
• Treejumpers aerial walkway – Coming Soon
• Amazing Maze – Planted in 2006
• Gorillas fed at 12pm and 3pm daily
• Keeper talks (peak periods only)
• Mansion & Gardens *
• Park Hopper service available at peak periods
• Education centre
• Regular special events and attractions
• Plenty of free parking
• Toilets are located at various points around the park and are marked on the map.
*Parts of the mansion and gardens are not always open to the public due to wedding bookings and private functions. Please check before your visit to avoid disappointment.
As parts of Port Lympne are quite steep, we offer reduced admission for less-able guests and have selected routes for wheelchairs. Please ask for advice.
Our parks are very different from conventional zoos. The animals, which include rare and endangered species, are able to live and breed in conditions as close to their natural habitat as possible. This can mean that when the weather is inclement some of our animals will seek shelter in their indoor enclosures, which are always open to them but not on view to the public and you may want to consider this when planning your visit.
No dogs or other animals are allowed in the park. Please do not leave dogs in your car.
Members of Mandy who have worked for Port Lympne Wild Animal Park