Step inside the UK’s new safari lodge

The lodges are designed to give guests an immersive and unforgettable overnight wildlife experience.

Highly anticipated safari lodge staycations open in the heart of England.

West Midland Safari Park has announced that their long-awaited Safari Lodges have officially opened to the public, welcoming guests to stay for the very first time at the luxury overnight accommodation. 

Nestled into the heart of England, the eight exclusive lodges are integrated into newly-updated animal habitats on the Park’s reserves, overlooking cheetahs and African elephants, designed to give you an immersive and unforgettable overnight wildlife experience. 

The two detached cheetah lodges offer panoramic views of the cheetahs in their new habitat

Six of the lodges offer the only overnight accommodation experience with elephants in the UK, whilst two more lodges offer incredible views of the Park’s resident cheetahs, also the only experience of its kind in the country. 

The double-story elephant lodges are authentically themed with thatched roofs, and sleep up to five people. With large, open-plan living spaces that include a lounge, dining area and kitchenette. The spacious balcony with outdoor seating offers spectacular views of the park, which allows you to watch elephants, Latabe, Five and Sutton approach the pool in front of the lodges. 

The vast decking spaces with outdoor seating overlook pools where the elephants can approach

The two single-story, detached cheetah lodges sleep up to six guests. The living spaces feature large windows, spanning one side of the building offering panoramic views of the cheetahs in their new habitat. A floor-to-ceiling window offers similarly incredible views in the bedrooms where guests can watch cheetahs Azrael and Bappe run and play. 

Safari Lodges short breaks will include breakfast and dinner, exclusive views of the animals in their natural setting and admission to the Safari Park and its attractions. Wristbands for the Adventure Theme Park will also be included for those staying during the Park’s summer season. Each lodge offers free Wi-Fi, TV, coffee machine and mini bar, filled with local produce. 

Guests have a full view of the cheetah habitat, visible through the floor to ceiling windows

The brand-new development forms the first phase of the Park’s Safari Lodges proposition, with more phases expected to start this Spring, including a Red Panda Cottage experience, which will be the first of its kind. 

It’s been thrilling to watch this amazing project grow into something so spectacular, and to have done it with conservation at the forefront of our minds when it came to the design and build throughout, has been hugely important. 

This development will leave an incredible legacy, not only for the guests who come to stay; but also in the form of the long-lasting support it will provide our amazing animals through revenue to continue to improve their facilities here at the Park.

Project Manager Neil James.

From the spacious balconies, guests can enjoy spectacular view of the Park’s three African elephants 24 hours a day

The three African elephants at West Midland Safari Park; Latabe, Five and seven-year-old Bull, Sutton, have now moved into their brand new habitat; which will enable them to enjoy their outdoor paddock for twenty-four hours a day, including its 450 cubic metre drinking pool.

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.

Chris Kelly, Managing Director at West Midland Safari Park.

Both cheetah lodges have private decking areas for guests to enjoy throughout their stay

Bookings for 2021 have almost sold out already, but 2022 breaks are now available to book online or by phone. Prices start from £171 per adult per night and £147 per night for a child. For further information on the Safari Lodges and details on how to book, visit the West Midland Safari Park website.

Ashleigh Ridler