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UK Safari Park Forced To Delay Launch Of Luxury Lodges Due To Coronavirus

Jess Hardiman

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UK Safari Park Forced To Delay Launch Of Luxury Lodges Due To Coronavirus

West Midlands Safari Park has announced the grand opening of its new safari lodges has had to be pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The swanky safari accommodation was due to open in February, but amid the uncertainty of England's ongoing national lockdown, the date has now had to be postponed until Easter.

A statement from the safari park said: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce our Safari Lodges opening date will once again be delayed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We very much hope to be open for Easter, and plan Friday 2nd April 2021 as our revised opening date, providing this is in line with Government guidance."

Credit: West Midlands Safari Park
Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

Located right on the edge of the park's elephant and cheetah zones, the lodges are set to feature direct views of the animals.

With eight rooms that can sleep up to five guests, each has an open plan living room as well as outdoor seating areas and balconies - meaning you can enjoy your morning brew in the company of some of the park's very special residents, including young male elephant Sutton, his mum Five, and his aunt Latabe.

The rooms. Credit: West Midlands Safari Park
The rooms. Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

A king-size bedroom in each of the rooms sits on the lower floor, with the upper floor sleeping three people. There's also an option to add a cot if you've got a baby on board.

Two of the lodges also overlook the cheetah enclosure, where you'll find Asrael and Bappe, who were transported over from France last year.

Credit: West Midlands Safari Park
Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

Replying to questions on social media, West Midlands Safari Park wrote: "The lodges will be authentically themed and allow guests exclusive views of the animals. Guests are encouraged to make use of the outdoor terrace in the elephant lodges, to watch the magnificent creatures approach their pool, situated in front.

"The cheetah lodges include a large window, spanning one side of the building, offering panoramic views of the cheetahs in their new habitat. A floor-to-ceiling window offers similar, incredible views in the bedrooms."

A stay also includes access to the park and wristbands for rides at the theme park, with prices starting at £147 per night for kids, and £171 per night for adults.

The exotic accommodation was due to open last year, but its debut has seen multiple setbacks because of the ever-persistent pandemic.

Originally, stays were available to book for the summer, before things were delayed until February 2021. Fingers (and paws) crossed for spring...

Featured Image Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

Topics: UK News, News, Animals

Jess Hardiman
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