New Giraffe Hall where you can dine with the animals to open in Kent – but there is already a waiting list of 9,000

YOU can soon stay in a luxury hotel in Kent where you can have breakfast with giraffes – but there is already 9,000 people on the waiting list.

Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve in Kent plans for the long-awaited Giraffe Hall have been accepted, with hopes to open next summer.

Inside the boutique accomodation, which will be in a converted 15th century building, will be 10 en-suite bedrooms.

Five camping pods will also be on-site seasonably, meaning a total of 40 guests at any one time.

The highlight of the hotel, however, will be its location within the reserve, where the animals will be able to come into the house during dining through the windows and doors.

It will be the first experience of its kind in the western hemisphere, with a similar attraction in Nairobi at Giraffe Hotel.

The website explains: "Get closer than ever before and make friends with your giraffe neighbours, as the resident herd peer into the lofty ceilinged drawing room, or amble up to the bedroom windows, where you may be lucky enough to feed them."



The house will convert the already on-site restaurant The Lapa will will be extended to include an outdoor decking and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The views include 30 mile views over the Reserve’s savannahs where animals roam freely.

However, according to local media, the waiting list has more than 9,000 people on it, so you might struggle to make a booking when it first opens.

They have also not revealed how much the experience will cost.

The zoo already has a number of animal experiences, including the popular Lion Lodge.


Lion Lodge, built in a loft style building, comes complete with a huge open fire and wood-heated Scandinavian outdoor baths on secluded platforms.

The king-size master suite offers a prime view of the lions – Adras, Oudrika and their three adorable cubs – while a spiral staircase leads up to a mezzanine level with two single beds.

There are also two single beds for the kids, as well as a bespoke bar, six-foot chandelier and private terrace.

An overnight staystarts from £1,750 – which includes breakfast, welcome fizz, a free safari and reserve tickets – but there are other cheaper alternatives on-site.

The Tiger Lodge costs £1,000 a night, the Wolf Lodge is £549 and the Bear Lodge costs £350.

The Port Lympne estate, previously owned by MP Philip Sassoon, previously welcomed guests including Winston Churchill, Lawrence of Arabia and Charlie Chaplin.

Chester Zoo previously announced details of a huge new expansion that will include hotel rooms where guests can wake up to wildlife such as giraffes.

The new project, which is called Grasslands, is expected to launch in 2022.

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