Wild Britain: Knepp Estate is a ‘rewilded’ Sussex farm offering African-style safaris


‘Is anyone finding this totally intolerable?’, our guide David tentatively asked the group.

I was on a very British safari at Knepp Estate in Sussex, just 45 miles from London, and had been sitting in an open-top hide in the pouring rain for more than an hour.

Unlike watching nature programmes on TV, this kingfisher-spotting demands patience, stoicism and a waterproof coat.

Phoebe Weston went on a very British safari at Knepp Estate in Sussex. In 2000 owners Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree sold farm machinery and left their land (pictured) to its own devices

Phoebe Weston went on a very British safari at Knepp Estate in Sussex. In 2000 owners Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree sold farm machinery and left their land (pictured) to its own devices

I was in a group of nine that was being shown around by David Plummer, an extremely knowledgeable conservationist and freelance wildlife photographer.

Unfortunately, rain got the better of David’s…

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