Durrell Wildlife Camp Wins National Glamping Award

Durrell Wildlife Camp is delighted to be the winner of the inaugural AA Glamping Site of the Year award. Introduced by the AA for the first time this year, the award celebrates the ever increasing popularity of glamping in the UK. The AA remarked that “Durrell Wildlife Camp offers quality accommodation, excellent customer service and a unique holiday experience and is a worthy winner of the AA’s first Glamping Award”.

Ashley Mullins, Accommodation Manager at Durrell commented: “It’s a huge honour to have been chosen for this award, especially with so many luxury glamping experiences on offer in the UK. Durrell really does offer something unique. We pride ourselves on our customer service and this combined with our safari style setting within the zoo and our extremely comfortable and exclusively designed ‘pods’ makes a stay at the Durrell Wildlife Camp an unforgettable experience”.

Durrell’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lesley Dickie spoke about what the award meant to Durrell:

“It’s a tremendous achievement for Durrell to have been awarded this accolade and I am so proud of the team for all their hard work over the past four years. Our commercial offering at the zoo is hugely important; every pound spent at Durrell goes directly to supporting our mission of saving species from extinction. Our guests at the Wildlife Camp play a vital part by enabling us to work with some of the world’s most vulnerable species and most threatened habitats.”

The Wildlife Camp opened in 2012 and is situated in landscaped grasslands overlooking Lemur Lake, with 12 spacious pods available, each named after a species of lemur. Each pod or geodesic dome is positioned with views into the Wildlife Park.

Pods accommodate up to two adults and two children, with the option for children to stay in separate “tepees” to have their own adventure. Two of the pods are fully accessible for disabled guests.

Equipped with all the necessary creature comforts, the Pod’s features include a luxury double bed, cosy wood burning stove, personal open sun deck, private toilet and shower facilities, kitchen and, perhaps most importantly, the unique charm that comes from the beautiful surroundings and sounds of the Wildlife Park.

In addition, “Lemur Lodge”, within the camp, provides an area for socializing and a communal barbeque or guests can also take a short walk to one of the two onsite restaurants.

The camp package includes free Wi-Fi and unlimited free entry into the Wildlife Park itself. Additional experiences available include dusk tours, hosted by Durrell’s conservation experts and unique “behind the scenes” animal encounters.

The pods can also be hired for group bookings, such as weddings, birthday parties or corporate events.