Safari experience at Port Lympne shortlisted for top tourism award again
Laapa at the Livingstone
Lodge. Picture: The Aspinall Foundation
by Helen Geraghty
Rhinos and giraffes have played their part to ensure an unusual
Kent tourist venue is in line to win a prestigious award for the
second year in a row.
Overnight visitors to Livingstone Lodge, the unique African
overnight safari experience at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park can
enjoy African fine dining and wake to find wildebeest, rhinos and
giraffes wandering past the lodge.
Now Livingstone Lodge is on the shortlist for the Best Tourism
Experience category at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence
2012, hosted by Tourism South East later this month.
The attraction, which has won a string of awards since it opened
in 2007, won gold in the same category last year.
Bob O'Connor, managing director of Howletts and Port Lympne Wild
Animal Park, said: "It's an honour to be nominated again for Best
Tourism Experience in The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence
"It's a credit to all the staff who work so hard to make this
such an exceptional product.
"Livingstone Lodge is very popular because it is so authentic –
it's a window to Africa, a wonderful experience which underlines
the importance of conservation. As you watch the wildebeest, rhino
and giraffe wandering past the lodge you could imagine that you are
in the heart of Africa."
Also shortlisted in the awards are the Thanet Visitor
Information Centre, which is nominated in the information service
category and Shepherd Neame's brewery in Faversham, which is listed
under the small attraction category.
The Bull at Benenden, the Woolpack Inn at Chilham and the Little
Brown Jug at Chiddingstone are shortlisted in the pubs
Lorna Woodage, of Kent Life (Continuum Group) is shortlisted for
a service award.
Alkham Court, near Dover and Molland House, near Sandwich are
both shortlisted in the bed and breakfast category.
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