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Maybe sleeping with tigers is not your idea of a good time, but if it sounds like something you might be into, there is now a place for that.
Just like people say ‘there’s an app for everything nowadays’, apparently there’s also a hotel to suit every type of holiday.
The Tiger Lodge in the Port Lympne Reserve in Kent now has hotel rooms where guests can look out onto the tiger enclosure and see them in their natural state.
Rather than a trip to Butlins, the Tiger Lodge can be a fun and exciting alternative for the whole family, with kids thrown into the midst of nature rather than absorbed by their tablets.
The best thing about Port Lympne Reserve is that they aim to breed, nurture and release endangered species back into their natural habitat. Though a trip there has a hefty price tag, guests can feel comfortable knowing that they are helping to preserve the enclosure and help the animals to have a good life.
Port Lympne also has a number of overseas projects, which they fund in collaboration with The Aspinall Foundation, that has seen the release of over 70 gorillas, 30 Javan gibbons, and eight black rhinos into the wild.
The Tiger Lodge features a number of amenities that you would find in any standard hotel room, but you will also see tigers approaching the window while you have your breakfast.
Ria Elaina from Surrey visited the lodge with her two children, and said: “We decided to stay here for the amazing experience and to learn more about animals and endangered species.”
Though she spent £1,400 on the trip, she said that it was an “unforgettable experience” as “the rooms are incredible and offer panoramic views of the tiger habitat” behind the safety of “toughened glass”.
The lodge could fit four people in bedrooms, and had a lounge area, a garden, and an outdoor bath.
Now if tigers are not your thing, but you’d still like the experience of staying in a hotel room surrounded by animals, you also have the chance to stay at Lion Lodge, Leopard Creek, Rhino Lodge and Wolf Lodge, which all have views of various animal enclosures.
Other rooms offer beautiful views, guided safaris, a personal golf buggy for exploring, and one room even has a private chef included. If all of that is a little too much for a holiday, you can also head to Port Lympne for a day trip, which will only cost £22 per person.
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