Location:South Downs National Park, Near Lewes, East Sussex
More info:We charge £45 per night for individuals, although for groups of up to 20, the camp can be booked exclusively for £1800 weekends or weekdays. Price depends on the time of year.
Description of South Downs yurt holidays in Sussex, England
Safari Britain offers wonderful weekends and weekdays of camping with exciting wildlife adventures. Nestled in a fold of the South Downs in the heart of the National Park, our site at Firle is utterly private and very beautiful - this is the great outdoors plus all the comfort of a traditional safari camp. The campsite is just two hours from London and ten minutes from the South Downs Way.
The campsite sleeps upto 20 and we can take large groups (often exclusively) or smaller ones, and individuals too. The camp is fully equipped with everything you need - furnished yurts and bell tents, woodfires, BBQ, tree-shower, charcaol, gas burners, beds, candles etc etc. You don't need to bring anything except your food, drink and sleeping bag.
Safari Britain is much more than just a campsite. If you so choose, our expert guides - foragers, ornithologists, botanists, falconers and bushcraft experts - will show you what fun you can have in a quintessentially English country setting - foraging for wild food, hunting with falcons, identifying bird song, butterflies and insects, spotting rare downland flowers, preparing and cooking game for the pot, and lots more...
Rooms, food and facilities
We have two big yurts - one is fully equipped for cooking, while the other, a big living room yurt, is full of sofas, rugs, cushions for chilling out at night.
For sleeping we have ten large bell tents equipped with sheets and, pillos and mattresses. The camp site sleeps 20.
Cooking is either on gas, charcoal BBQ or a large log fire. There is a wood-fired tree shower as well as two large Eco-toilets built in the woods.
The camps site is in a private valley on the Firle Estate - you are free to wander wherever on this spectacular Estate. There are sheep and horses nearby, so no dogs please.
How to find us
Firle Estate, Near Lewes, East Sussex. The closest train station is Glynde.
The camps is on private land, accessed by foot and camp 4x4. We will send you directions when you book.
Responsible tourism: South Downs yurt holidays in Sussex, England
Wildlife: Through our guided wildlife activities we raise awareness about the natural environment and encourage people to enjoy it in a responsible thoughtful way. Most of our guides are born and bred on the Downs and are passionate about the environment and keeping it preserved. Furthermore we limit use of the site to 20 people, in order to keep it in pristine condition.
Waste: All waste at the campsite is recycled at the Lewes recycling centre.
Energy: Apart from your transport to the site, we have a very low carbon footprint. There is no power at the site, our charcoal is FSC certified and the wood is locally gathered in a sustainable manner.
Water: we minimise water use by using eco compost toilets. Water for the site is accessed from the Firle aquifer which is treated at source. Transport: We discourage vehicles, and all access to the site is on foot (apart from your luggage which is taken by 4x4). We encourage people to travel by rail and bike.
Buildings: All our structures are made from recycled wood wherever possible and all our bell tents, yurts and platforms are dismantled at the end of the season, in order to return the land to its natural state.
Suppliers: All our suppliers are local. This includes food for catered events which is all sourced locally.
Safari Britain employs ten local people - mainly guides - all of whom are linked to the South Downs National Park and have a passion for the landscape and wildlife. Our guides include local foragers, bushcraft specialists, falconers, botanists, landscape historians, archaeologists and gamekeepers. Many of them were born and brought up on the Downs, so Safari Britain fosters a sense of community and provides a focus for wildlife expertise. This is very important to us.
The camp is an integral part of Firle village, many of whom have enjoyed using it. Every year Firle primary school, in conjunction with other local primary schools takes the site so that pupils can learn about the natural world with local guides. Safari Britain hopes soon to establish various wildlife courses to further this objective. In 2011 various one-off courses took place at the site – nightingale and botany walks as well as Downland folk music.
The camp is used by local communities to celebrate events. In this sense it provides a wonderful private place on the South Downs for local communities to enjoy the National Park.
Safari Britain is exploring working with a young offenders charity in 2012 to help young offenders learn new skills in the natural world.
We are passionate about the South Downs, and are committed to keeping it unspoilt, alive with wildlife and to communicating the importance of keeping it special.
Our wildlife guides were hand-picked because of their specialist knowledge of the chalk Downland, which has a unique set of flora and fauna. Many of them are trained professionals and some of them are truly leaders in their field. As such they are uniquely qualified to guide and instruct and they have becoming very popular among groups staying at Safari Britain, some of whom have had little opportunity to discover and appreciate the natural world.
Our ethos is to show and share – and we believe it crucial in our rapidly urbanised and industrialised world that people get a chance to appreciate the beauties of the natural world. Only through knowledge can we prevent further degradation of the environment which desperately needs to be protected.