When you think ‘safari lodge’, you probably don’t think of the West Midlands. But a park in Worcestershire, England, is the new place to head if you want to spend the night snoozing within metres of elephants and cheetahs.
Brand new luxury lodges have been built into West Midland Safari Park’s redesigned animal reserves. There are eight of them and they all have incredible views of the resident elephants and cheetahs, making them some of the only safari lodges in the UK.
Six double-storey lodges overlook the park’s elephant enclosure, with spacious balconies and outdoor seating offering incredible views of African elephants Latabe, Five and Sutton. The other two lodges are single-story, and offer unparalleled access to the cheetah enclosure from large windows spanning the length of one side of the building, allowing guests to watch cheetahs Azrael and Bappe playing in their new habitat.
Both the elephant and cheetah experiences are the only overnight experiences of their kind in the UK, which actually doesn’t feel that surprising considering the country is more commonly known for animals like sheep, cows and deer.
The lodges are decked out in full themed decor: think wicker, wood, thatched roofs and safari prints. Each is stocked with a coffee machine and a minibar filled with local produce. There’s also wifi and a TV – not that you’ll need it when there’s an IRL nature documentary happening right outside your window.
The elephant lodges sleep five guests, while the cheetah lodges are for up to six, and a stay in either area includes access to the rest of the safari park (and the theme park next door during summer months), plus dinner and breakfast.
Already packing your bags? The lodges are available to book now and start from £171 per adult per night. Find out more here.
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