Howletts Wild Animal Park

“Witness conservation in action with Europe’s largest herd of African elephants” - VisitEngland Assessor


Canterbury, Kent

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Howletts Wild Animal Park, home to the largest herd of African elephants in Europe, offers a great day out where conservation and fun combine. With wooded walkways and paths to explore, fun and fact filled talks throughout the day and the opportunity to see some of the rarest animals on the planet, visitors can witness conservation in action. Walk amongst lemurs, come face to face with lions, tigers, giant anteaters and western lowland gorillas.

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Howletts Wild Animal Park
Bekesbourne Lane, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne, CANTERBURY, Kent, CT4 5EL


About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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