Knepp Wildland Safaris & Camping

UK England South East England West Sussex Billingshurst

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Apioneering experiment in habitat creation.

The Knepp Wildland Project is a pioneering experiment in habitat creation, the largest of its kind in lowland Europe. Here, natural processes – driven by large ungulates – are allowed to take place on an influential scale.

Over the course of little over a decade, since the project began, we have seen a remarkable come-back of species, many of them nationally scarce. Knepp is now a hotspot for nightingales, cuckoos, turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies, to name a few. From observing species like these at Knepp, ecologists have gained new insights into their behaviour and habitat preferences, demonstrating that the Knepp Wildland Project, with its focus on natural processes rather than species targets, has ground-breaking scientific value.

Join us on one of our vehicle-based safaris or guided walking tours and experience our profusion of birds, mammals, butterflies, beetles, reptiles, plants and fungi in a setting that feels as wild and dynamic as the African bush.

Stay in one of our beautiful shepherd’s huts or luxurious tents, or simply pitch your own in our exclusive Wildland campsite.

You don’t have to take one of our safaris to stay here, and you don’t have to stay here to take a safari – though naturally we hope you’ll be tempted to combine the two.

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The Owner Says

Knepp – one of the largest re-wilding projects in lowland Europe Encounter herds of wild ponies, cattle, deer and pigs as they roam 3,500 acres of Sussex, driving the forces of habitat regeneration. Join us on one of our vehicle-based safaris or guided walking tours and experience our profusion of birds, mammals, butterflies, beetles, reptiles, plants and fungi in a setting that feels as wild and dynamic as the African bush. 'Pitch your own' in our exclusive Wildland campsite. You don’t have to take one of our safaris to stay here, and you don’t have to stay here to take a safari – though naturally we hope you’ll be tempted to combine the two. For reasons of safety and to ensure quiet observation of our wildlife we operate a 12yrs+ policy.

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Our favourite spot

Adults and children 12+ only – ideal for glamping or camping couples looking for a wild retreat. Small groups accepted (no stag and hen dos or rowdy parties – to preserve the tranquillity). No dogs, caravans, camper vans…or poachers. 

The local area

You might find it nigh on impossible to tear yourself away from this Edenesque hideaway. However, should you venture forth, the South Downs, England’s newest national park, is a short drive away, with Devil’s Dyke – a mile long valley – a spectacular draw. If stately country piles and exquisitely landscaped gardens are your thing, Petworth House (01798 342207), Arundel Castle (01903 882173) and nearby Parham House(01903 742021) are worth a visit.

Best local places to eat and drink

Look no further than the Knepp Wildland safari shop where you can buy organic ‘Wild Range’ longhorn steaks, venison burgers and Tamworth sausages for the BBQ. Delectable breakfast baskets featuring Knepp eggs and Tamworth bacon are available to pre-order. There’s a range of provisions from pizza dough and toppings (to cook up in the wood fired-pizza ovens!), pasta and wild garlic pesto, Horsham ginger biscuits and even organic Cocoa Loco chocolate made on the Estate. Most importantly, the shop has a liquor license and sells organic beers, cider, wine and the local prize-winning Wiston bubbly! The choice of the local boozers are the Crown Inn (01403 710902; Dial Post), the Countryman Inn (01403 741383; Shipley) and the George and Dragon (01403 741320; Shipley). 

Why stay with us?

Proper flush loos, wet-room showers with underfloor heating, outdoor showers and open-air bath tubs. Glampers have the run of a fully-equipped camp kitchen with gas cooker and fridge/freezer. For those pitching their own, the off-grid ‘Pitch Up’ has a steel drum wood burner, solar-powered phone-charger and café-style tables and chairs. Tractor wheel hub fire-pits, fitted with BBQ grills, available for every pitch. WiFi at reception/shop. Miles and miles of footpaths throughout the rewilding project, and 6 tree platforms for that perfect view – walking maps provided. Yoga yurt offers a range of classes and massage treatments. Most importantly, of course, don’t miss the chance to go on a safari! Call Knepp Wildland to book ahead, or check the chalk board for availability.

Pitches

Regular camping with a limited number of pitches in a wildflower meadow on the edge of an ancient wood. There are also 3 furnished shepherd's huts, 3 bell tents, a huge tipi and 2 yurts.
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Price

Pitch-your-own tent £15 per person per night.

Furnished tents and huts range from £75–£135 per night.

Opening Times

Easter to October

Location

Contact Website Knepp Wildland Safaris & Camping , New Barn Farm, Swallows Lane, Dial Post, West Sussex RH13 8NN

Getting There

The turning for the campsite is off Swallows Lane. The grid reference for the car park is: TQ 150 203.

Travelling south from Horsham on the A24 take the first turn off for Dial Post on the right, then take the first right onto Swallows Lane. New Barn Farm track is on the left just after the national speed limit signs.

Travelling north from Worthing take the first turn for Dial Post on the left, go past the pub and then take the second left down Swallows lane, New Barn Farm track is on the left just after the national speed limit signs.

The nearest train stations are Horsham, Christ’s Hospital, Billingshurst and Pulborough. There’s a taxi rank at Horsham station and the Carfax in the centre of town, and Billingshurst and Pulborough stations but not at Christ’s Hospital.

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