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 in Kent for all the family!

About Howletts & Port Lympne

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. The Aspinall Foundation is the charity which manages Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, it is funded solely through charitable donations. World leaders in conservation – The Aspinall Foundation working in conjunction with the parks have so far returned to the wild Przewalski’s horses, black rhino, Sumatran rhino, Cape buffalo, ocelots, pythons, and gorillas. Donations to The Aspinall Foundation goes towards our vital conservation work here and abroad, including our gorilla rescue and rehabilitation projects in Africa.

The Aspinall Foundation manages two gorilla rescue and rehabilitation projects in the central African countries of Gabon and Congo, where we have successfully reintroduced over 50 gorillas.  It is a sad fact that humans are likely to cause the extinction of a quarter of all known species in the next 20 years unless we work to protect them now.  If just one species disappears many others may suffer – we all rely on others to survive, upsetting this balance can put many in danger. Imagine a world without animals… Play your part in their protection today and find out How You Can Help.

What will you see at Port Lympne?

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is home to the largest breeding herd of Black Rhinos 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.

Our parks are very different from conventional zoos. The animals 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.


As seen on TV – Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks are the home of BBC Roar.  Series 4 coming soon!

Personal Guided Tours – Would you like one of our guides to make your day extra special?

The guides can provide for you and your family, friends or colleagues a special guided tour to suit you. Whether you are visiting the park on your own or with friends, we can make your day that bit special. Prices start from as little as £35 per tour (excluding park entry).

Safaris at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

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 wildlife roaming free as if on the plains of Africa. (Please note that the zebra, giraffe and wildebeest can only be seen on an African Experience safari.

You could even stay overnight at the fantastic new Livingstone Safari Lodge for an authentic African safari adventure!


As parts of Port Lympne are quite steep, they offer reduced admission for disabled guests and senior citizens and have selected routes for wheelchairs and pushchairs. You can ask for advice about this and also visit the sister park: Howletts.

Port Lympne Mansion

Built in 1912 for the Right Honourable Philip Sassoon, the Port Lympne Mansion boasts many fascinating architectural features and 15 acres of magnificent landscaped gardens. Read more about Port Lympne Mansion by navigating to our blog on the homepage.

With its delightful mural rooms by Rex Whistler, Spencer Roberts and Martin Jordan, the mansion is the perfect venue for weddings, Christmas parties and conferences.