When Chris and I first got to together (which is nearly 9 years ago), whenever we had a free weekend and nothing planned, we would always head to one of these zoos. Both are within easy driving distance from us; no more than half an hour in each direction. They also offer an all year pass scheme which, for 364 days of the year, meant it was a free day out! Winner winner … you know the rest lol
As we got a bit older with more responsibilities, i.e. mortgages and actual bills to pay (booo), I’m sad to say we gradually visited less and less.
It was only a couple of weekends ago that we had a free weekend with absolutely no plans. Do you ever have those days where the weather is pure perfection, a clear blue sky – and you simply refuse, flat out refuse, to stay inside? That was me.
So the plan was set and off we went to visit Port Lympne! And it was so lovely to visit again. The park is nestled in the hills overlooking Hythe and Dymchurch coast – and when I says hills, I’m not joking. It is a LOT of walking. When you enter the park its all nice and easy downhill. But what goes down must inevitably come back up! I don’t envy the poor families pushing child laden pushchairs up those hills. It doesn’t stop me walking past them thinking “suckaaa” though – I guess I’m not that chivalrous 😛
What I love most about Port Lympne is the safari. They have numerous trucks, narrated by the drivers on the way round, and huge open spaces for a whole multitude of different species to roam freely around (no cages – and no carnivores of course). Its lovely to see the animals enjoy so much space, rather than cooped up in cages.
One of the other things I love about these parks are the conservation ethics the Aspinall Foundation works to. They have managed to breed and release both Black Rhinos and Western Lowland Gorillas back into the wild, both of which are endangered species.
Is he not the shiftiest gorilla you have ever seen?!
I thought I would leave you with a few pictures I have taken of the animals from both parks over the years. One of the reasons I loved visiting so much was to always try and get the perfect pictures! Some were more successful than others; but I think you will be able to tell from the sheer volume of ones I have hand picked for the blog which animal is my favourite 😛
Hope you enjoy!
In case you didn’t guess it – the tigers are my favourite of course! They are basically just giant pussycats!
Have you visited either of these parks? Are there any parks in your area that you love to visit and are a good day out? Let me know in the comments below, as always, I would love to hear from you! Oh, and I hope you enjoyed the pictures. It’s not often I have any pictures that come close to Anna’s standard!
Until next time,