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The African safari trip you can take in the heart of Kent’s countryside

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The Kent countryside is a versatile mistress with a surprise around every corner.

From Pegwell Bay to Swanscombe Peninsula and from the Hambrook Marshes to Knole Deer Park, the county offers a diverse landscape full of quirks.

In one corner of the Kentish countryside, between Ashford and Folkestone, is a wild savannah full of all sorts of beasts.

That is, of course, the much-loved Port Lympne in Hythe.

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The nature reserve has recommenced its popular safari experience and is taking bookings now after a sold-out bank holiday weekend.

Port Lympne said: "These unique tours are like nothing else in the UK, offering a journey through the park’s vast Kentish savannah, seeing such iconic animals as giraffe, rhino, wildebeest and zebra.

"They offer the best way to experience an authentic, awe-inspiring safari whilst restrictions remain on international travel."

Safaris are open once again at Port Lympne

The park is offering different experiences to customers who are seeking a savannah staycation experience this summer.

For those with a penchant for a particular animal, you can take a trip on the Rhino or Giraffe Safari with prices starting at £75.

For something a bit more general, there's the Rangers Tour which comes in at £45 and takes you on a 90-minute tour of the Asian and African lands.

If it's something exclusive you're after, the AAA Safari sees visitors paired with a ranger in small groups or one-to-one to meet all types of beast with prices from £95.

One safari visitor gets personal with a giraffe

Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Kent are some of the most successful breeders of captive endangered animals in the world.

The conservation charity boasts 146 gorilla births, 41 black rhino, 126 clouded leopards, 38 Javan gibbons, 172 Javan langur and 22 African elephants.

As well as being a home for many of those animals, on a trip to Port Lympne you might spot some well-known celebrities enjoying the reserve.

Port Lympne offers luxurious staycation options where guests can spend a night in upmarket accommodation in the middle of its animal pens.

It's not for the faint-hearted and has attracted many celebrity visitors.

TOWIE star Gemma Collins, for The Saturdays member Frankie Bridge and Love Island's Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard have all shared snaps from the park.

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