You can now book a safari holiday in a luxury lodge overlooking views of elephants and cheetahs... right in the UK.

That's because the West Midlands Safari Park's highly-anticipated safari lodges have finally opened their doors for stays - and to celebrate, the park has offered a very first look at the swanky new accommodation.

There are two sets of lodges for visitors to choose from. The first overlook the park's elephant habitat, the second overlook the park's cheetah habitat.

Judging by the new images, they're going to make for a seriously unforgettable stay - we're talking open plan lodges with huge windows so you can watch the animals from the comfort of the sofa.

Cheetahs peer in through a large window in a new safari lodge
You can watch the cheetahs while enjoying a morning coffee

For a start, the Elephant Lodges are located right by the animals' watering pond, so you're bound to get some incredible views of the creatures when they come to get a drink.

The lodges are decked out so that you won't miss a thing no matter which room you're in. The bedroom and dining area boast huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, while for sunnier days there's even a spacious outdoor deck where you can watch the animals while enjoying the later summer nights.

A view of the double bed and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at a habitat in the West Midlands Safari Park
All of the rooms offer great views of the animals

Meanwhile the rest of the lodge is pretty chic, decked out with wooden interiors and boasting a large open-plan living space with a lounge, dining area and kitchenette. These lodges can sleep up to five guests.

As for the Cheetah Lodges, these are equally as stunning. Sleeping up to six guests, they also offer an open plan living room, dining area, kitchenette and double bed, all right by the floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook the cheetahs' habitat.

A view of the deck and outdoor furniture at a new safari lodge in the UK
The lodges are pretty luxurious

That means you could wake up to views of the animals, or enjoy your morning coffee just metres away from them. (Unlike the elephant lodges, there isn't an outdoor deck).

Because the lodges offer self-catered stays, they've been able to open under the latest easing of England's lockdown restrictions which allows for overnight stays with your household in self-contained accommodation.

A view of the dining area by the cheetah habitat at the West Midland Safari Park
One of the dining areas in the cheetah lodges

The lodges were originally due to open in summer 2020, but were delayed due to the pandemic.

In fact, they're one of our top picks of the best new resorts coming to the UK to get excited as lockdown rules begin to ease.

Bookings are now open, although the park says that stays in 2021 have almost completely sold out, with some availability for winter stays in December. However, to keep up with demand the attraction has already opened bookings for 2022.

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