5 Awesome Safari Park & Zoo Stays In The UK

Giraffe ZSL London Zoo
Giraffe ZSL London Zoo

Sleep in a zoo! Spend the night surrounded by wild animals and make the most of your trip to the zoo or safari park.

There are plenty of accommodation options, from hotels to luxury lodges or glamping, which will suit all budgets.

On this page I have handpicked 5 of the wildest and wonderful UK safari park and zoo stays.

Stay At Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

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Set in a unique coastal location surrounded by wildlife is Port Lympne Wild Animal Reserve.

Stay at the Port Lympne Mansion Hotel which features stunning views across the Romney Marsh and over the Kent Coast.

The historic Edwardian mansion house has elegant rooms including some luxury suites with four-poster beds.

The hotel serves full English and continental breakfasts. Afternoon tea can also be organised and picnic hampers can be provided. Guests are free to explore Howletts Wild Animal Park (the smaller of the two safari parks), which is also within the grounds.

Guest rate this hotel an excellent 8.9/10 based on 95 reviews.

There are plenty of amazing ways to stay at Port Lympne Wild Animal Reserve from luxury lodges with windows looking straight into lion, tiger or wolf enclosures or unforgettable glamping with giraffes or bears!

Available from: Booking.com


Stay In A Lookout Lodge At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Stay at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at night in a Lookout Lodge. The lodges are situated in extraordinary surroundings overlooking the Chiltern Downs.

Your neighbours for the evening will include white rhinos and reindeer and you may even awake in the morning to the sound of roaring lions!

Lookout lodges have either two twin beds or double beds. There is also a sofa bed in each lodge, which children (aged 5-13 years) can stay on.

Included in the overnight stay package are the following;-

  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning
  • A delicious two-course dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and ZSL London Zoo for two days of your evening stay
  • Free car entry
  • Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences

The Lookout Lodges at ZSL Whipsnade have excellent 5/5 ratings on Trip Advisor based on 88 reviews.

Alternatively stay nearby at The Old Hunters Lodge, located just 650 yards from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, which has fabulous 8.6/10 reviews on Booking.com.

Available from: ZSL Whipsnade


Stay At Chessington Safari Hotel

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Stay at this modern safari themed hotel located at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.

Family rooms have separate children’s sleeping area with flat-screen TV’s showing popular kids’ channels.

There is a heated indoor swimming pool, Savannah splash kids’ pool and sauna, steam room and gym.

Other nearby places of interest include Epsom and Sandown racecourses, Wimbledon, Hampton Court Palace and Thorpe Park.

The hotels ZAFARI Bar & Grill has an impressive theatre kitchen, a sun terrace and views across Wanyama, the African style animal reserve.

Very good 8.1/10 star ratings based on 696 guest reviews.

For more information on the best hotels near Chessington plus hotel and park ticket deals, click here.

Available from: Booking.com


Stay At A Safari Lodge West Midland Safari Park

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Check out the brand new for 2021 Safari Lodges at West Midland Safari Park. They are eight exclusive, luxury lodges, designed to give you an up-close and immersive overnight wildlife experience.

Short breaks include dinner and breakfast, spectacular views of the animals, admission to the Park during the day and Theme Park wristbands (summer season only).

These luxury lodges are set to open for Easter 2021 (providing this is in line with Government guidance).

Alternatively stay nearby at Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel, located 0.5 miles from West Midlands Safari Park. Good 7/10 reviews on Booking.com based on 973 guest reviews.

Available from: WMSP


Stay In A ZSL London Zoo Lodge

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London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo! Visit the animals and then stay in one of these cool Gir Lion Lodges!

There are adult nights (where guests must be ages 14 years or older) or family nights (with children between 5-13 years old). Under 5’s are unable to stay over.

Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two people plus an additional two children.

Included in the overnight stay package are the following;-

  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo
  • Overnight stay in a private lodge (double or twin bed) with an en-suite bathroom and complimentary toiletries
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for two days during your evening stay
  • Free car parking
  • Exclusive 15% discount on Meet the Animals experiences
  • 10% off in gift shop and restaurant

Alternatively book a stay at the York & Albany, which is family friendly and has fabulous 8.9/10 ratings based on 439 guest reviews. Less than 10 minutes’ walk away from the Zoo!

Available from: ZSL London Zoo


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