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Knepp Wildland Safaris & Camping

UK England South East England West Sussex Billingshurst

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Talk and squeak and squawk with the animals at this breathtakingly beautiful West Sussex conservation project – the largest of its kind in lowland Britain

It all started with a vision. The sprawling Knepp Estate – centred around a picturesque John Nash-designed castle – had been intensively farmed for arable and dairy for over fifty years. But with heavy Sussex clay not ideal for modern farming and Knepp struggling to survive, an ambitious new approach was needed. In 2000, owner Charlie Burrell turned his thoughts to ways of working with the land, rather than constantly battling against it and, inspired by conservation projects in Europe, hit upon the idea of using grazing animals to help return natural processes to the soil. In his words, ‘We took our hands off the steering wheel, and let Nature take over'.

Now, over a decade later, the largest rewilding project in lowland Britain has transformed the Knepp Estate into a veritable Eden of biodiversity. Herds of free-roaming Exmoor ponies, Longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs, and red and fallow deer rove the estate’s 3,500 acres. Their different ways of grazing and selecting plants has stimulated a patchwork of interlinking natural habitats from wood pasture to water meadows, groves of willows and complex scrub. This unique environment is a magnet for nightingales, turtle doves, cuckoos and purple emperor butterflies.

The Knepp Wildland Project's expert ecologists offer a range of guided safaris around this sprawling site. So if you're batty about bats, or the bees get you buzzing, you can choose the tour that suits you best. Or if you'd prefer a more bespoke experience, the dedicated team here are happy to accommodate. What could be more awe-inspring than experiencing the wildlife up close? Camping here, that's what!

While the setting feels every bit as wildly exotic as the Serengeti, camping at the Knepp Estate is far from a primitive experience. There's a dizzying array of fabulous glamping abodes available, from shepherd's huts, yurts and bell tents of all shapes and sizes (think of it as wild camping, with a little 'w'). But we reckon for a true sense of getting back to nature, the off-grid camping pitches can't be beaten. And they allow campfires! And as for the key ingredients for that all important campsite barbecue, you can't get more free-range than the very livestock roaming this unspoilt, herbaceous hideaway, available to buy onsite.

Waking up to the sounds of nature is one of the great joys of camping. But the early-morning call of the resident beasts at Knepp Estate offers an added thrill – knowing that you're camping in one of the England's great mini-wildernesses, where nature reigns harmoniously.



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.

Suitable For

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. 


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.

Food & 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). 



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

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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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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews


Beautiful escape from London

We cycled down from London to camp here. It's a beautiful place and we really weren't there long enough to make the most of it (just one night) so we will definitely be back. Toilets and showers were clean and it was lovely having a fire watching the sun set. I loved that cars weren't allowed on the campsite because camping in what is essentially a car park isn't as nice. Those in cars were given wheelbarrows to transfer their kit. Lots of insects about including some amazing beetles that took refuge under our tent! One small thing would be to get some proper cycle parking - I was directed towards a small row of what cyclists will know as 'wheelbender' racks; no cyclist with an expensive bike will be happy using these as we prefer Sheffield stands where you can lock both wheels and frame - and bikes that can carry a camping load generally aren't cheap. As it was we locked our bikes together next to the tent and that was fine for a short stay, but it would have been great to have something secure to lock them to if we'd have gone for a walk. I feel that encouraging more people to cycle there would be a really good thing - a discount for arriving by bike or foot as other sites do would be most welcome!
Aug 18, 2020 by Laura Hutson Verified Review

Peaceful and amazing for wildlife

I liked the natural feel and the beautiful surroundings. You really don't have to see civilisation at all for a few days if you don't want to. Loo's and showers are fine, although loos take forever to refill to flush so some people leave it. Showers are always hot and the wood and tin shacks have lots of charm. The Pitch up looked nice but currently you can't go in due to corona restrictions. Camping field is lovely, very large so you can always find space. We were there early August so the grass and plants were past flowering however its still lovely. The walks are easy to follow and there was barely one occasion where we didn't have a surprising animal encounter when we left the camping field. So many deer and cattle everywhere and we even met the wild pigs and piglets. Downsides? Not many, the price of pitches is higher than average, and the shop is pricey for essentials and gifts but other than that I can't think of much. Even then I guess they use the cash for the wilding project so that doesn't make it so bad. Overall if you like peace and wildlife, go, you will have a great time. We're definitely going back.
Aug 7, 2020 by Dave Boyle Verified Review

Well needed escape

We have just returned from Knepp following a couple of nights away. This was our first post-covid getaway and an escape for London was certainly needed. The site is lovely, each pick is marked out by being mown in the ground. Each pitch is a very good size and well spread out from the other campers. The facilities were good, the showers pleasant and warm, the toilets flushed, and were nice (unless you caught them while they took the seats away for a cleansing). Each pitch has access to a fire pit, buckets of wood cost £5. A bucket lasted us about 4 hours. The tents are amongst a thistle field which attracts a lot of wildlife. The site is set within large grounds which are suitable for a walk. Currently, you can see the first stork born in the wild in the UK for 600 years, so the grounds are attracting a good few visitors. Staff were very friendly, everyone made the effort to remain clean. There is plenty of handwash located in key sites. We had a very good time and recommend it.

Lovely rustic campsite with a few exceptions

The campsite is so close to London to get to after work on a Friday. The campsite itself is beautiful with excellent facilities and lovely rustic touches. There were a few things that were not so great. The noise from the road is very noticeable and the distance from the car park to the camping area is inconvenient.

I'll be back

This was a 4 hour bike ride from south east London. Easy to get to and quiet roads most of the way once out of London. I stayed here for a measly one night though; too short. For that reason I never managed to see what the site and its surroundings had to offer. The showers and kitchen area were amazing. Very spacious and comfortable. I will camp there again. Not a lot of supermarkets or 7/11 close by. Come prepared if biking!
Aug 23, 2019 by Velile Nare Verified Review

Amazingly relaxing few days

The campsite is a delight, you pitch you tent in the middle of the wild flowers/long grass and you cant see the other campers at all and you can relax whilst cooking your dinner on the provided log burners. (I would recommend bringing some food and drink along with you if you are there for a few days, the camp shop is very well stocked but can be a bit pricey if you only buy from there for a few days). The facilities are excellent, warm and clean showers, a pond to swim in, a shack where you can cook your own pizza's or hide out if its raining are all brilliant. Best camping facilities and pitches I've ever had. Just minutes away from where all the walks on the Knepp estate begin which again, is a brilliant way to spend the day spotting all the wildlife.

The peace here is amazing!

We (2 adults and 2 children aged 12 and 14) have just spent 4 nights here. We loved the peace and quiet, but also the friendliness of the place! We camped in the field and loved the fact that each plot is well spaced apart from the next - you can even disappear into the long grass on some plots. We loved the composting loos that were cleaned and looked after all the time and the lovely showers and toilets in the Go Down. To be able to have a cup of tea in the Go Down while sitting around the wood burner was lovely on the occassions that we didn't want to be by the tent. We made our own pizzas in the pizza oven at the Pitch up - which we loved and we also spent time at the Pitch Up playing card games and watching the sun go down. The walks around the estate are lovely and very managable - we loved the walk to the Castle and Lake and saw the most lovely sight of Fallow Deer, Exmoor Ponies and Longhorn Cattle all together intermingling in one field. At other times we came across the odd piglet on the path! Our children thought this was marvellous! The also liked the fact that they could charge their phones when necessary at the Go Down - this meant they didn't moan at us the whole time and were happy to come camping again at Knepp! What a wonderful place!
Sep 2, 2018 by Vanessa

Amazing sized pitches

Loved our stay here! the pitches were really generous, it's beautiful, facilities are eco friendly without being grim, fire pots dead handy and is a perfect getaway from London for a couple of nights. Well be back!
Aug 10, 2018 by Abigail

Magical Place

We had such a wonderful time staying here, there is so much to explore and the facilities are amazing! The whole place is so impressive and well thought out, we particularly loved the out door bath and lovely organic products available to use.
Apr 24, 2018 by H.Johnson

Beautiful weekend

We stayed at this wonderful campsite in April and had a lovely weekend exploring the gorgeous landscapes of the Knepp estate. As seasoned campers we were greatly impressed with the spotlessly clean facilities, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, and a peaceful evening was spent warming ourselves by the fire pit. It was an especially relaxing stay knowing that our visit had as minimal impact on the local environment as possible due to the campsite´s ethical and environmentally protective philosophy. The staff we meet, a very knowledgeable Rachel and Ryan and Penny, were able to give us some great recomendations of trails to follow and a visit to the local pub, as they suggested, was an afternoon well spent. We will certainly be returning for a (weekend or hopefully longer!) to relax and take in the perfect surroundings..
Nov 17, 2016 by HannahCamper


We stayed here for five days in order to unwind after a particularly stressful time at work. It was perfect! We stayed in the Turtle Dove Yurt which was spacious, and cosy. Very comfortable bed. Every day we took a different walk around the estate and was lucky enough to encounter a lot of the wildlife including all of the 'Big 5'. We found the whole experience fascinating and very relaxing. Loved the Camp Kitchen - we used it a lot to cook a simple supper of meat reared on the estate. The outside bath house was one of the highlights - wonderful to have a hot shower outside, with the birds singing all around. Rachel and Ryan were excellent hosts - always around to answer any questions. Can't recommend the place highly enough. it was wonderful - and we look forward to visiting again to see how the estate develops
Sep 5, 2016 by Clare

Excellent campsite!

This was an excellent campsite, our first camping trip together and it was perfect! We didn't want to leave!

The reception & toilet area was spotlessly clean and manned by two lovely girls who answered any questions we had. The shop was well priced with food (meat, some veg, biscuits, jams, beer, cider, wine), wood and complimentary cool boxes, icepacks and tea & coffee.

The grounds were tidy without encroaching on the natural vegetation. The permanent residences looked really well kept but we stayed in the camping meadow in our own tent. We were lucky enough to be near the wood area where there was a wild stag who came to investigate the meadow a few times, which was a brilliant addition to our visit.

There are a lot of grounds to explore, more than we were prepared for in fact! Next time we will bring our walking boots and go a bit further!

The communal kitchen & sinks were excellent, really clean and the compost toilets were very clean, well stocked and did not smell! Be aware the energy saving light may just switch off!

We would recommend this to anyone who enjoys peace and quiet, nature, walking & campfires! We can't wait to go again!

Aug 17, 2015 by actionchan

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