Sleep with elephants and cheetahs at these newly-opened safari lodges in the Midlands – The Sun
FAMILIES can finally book a holiday at the new luxury safari lodges in the UK, with close up views of elephants and cheetahs.
West Midland Safari Park's suites are now open to the public, offering the only overnight stays with the elephants in the country.
Of the eight suites, six of the lodges are in the elephant park while two are close to the cheetahs.
The eight new rooms were set to open last summer but were delayed due to coronavirus.
Inside each lodge, which can welcome up to five guests, are open-plan living rooms as well as outdoor seating areas and balconies.
A king-size bedroom will be on the lower floor while the upper floor can sleep up to three people, with options to add a cot.
Guests will be able to watch the elephants including young male Sutton, as well as his aunt, Latabe and mum, Five.
Two of the lodges will overlook the cheetah's area – the two-storey lodges will sleep up to six people – with cheetahs, Asrael and Bappe brought over from France earlier this year.
Bookings opened last year but were forced to be suspended due to huge demand.
Availability for the rest of 2021 is limited but there are lots of options still available for 2022.
Chris Kelly, Managing Director at West Midland Safari Park, said: “It’s been a long journey, but we are absolutely delighted to have finally opened our doors and welcome guests to our Safari Lodges experience.
“I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved, in delivering beautiful accommodation to offer guests the opportunity to stay onsite for the first time, but also in upgrading stimulating and enriching environments for the wonderful animals we have in our care.
“Our lodges are going to offer a special and unforgettable Safari-stay right here in the Midlands. Guests will be able to get closer than ever before to our wildlife and make friends with their animal neighbours.
"Being located on our reserves, guests will also have the chance to spot some of our other species and experience all the great attractions we have to offer, making it the perfect retreat for all the family.”
On-site chefs can even prepare your dinner and deliver it to your room, while breakfast is also delivered so you can have amazing views while eating.
Other extras include free parking, 24-hour concierge service and free WiFi.
A stay at the lodges also include admission to the park and wristbands for the rides at the theme park.
Prices start from £147 per child, per night, with adults from £171 per adult, per night.
You can also stay in a safari lodge in Kent which has views of lions and tigers, with glass windows meaning you can bathe while watching them.
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