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Purple Emperor Safari

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Purple emperors are one of the most astonishing successes of the rewilding project. None having been recorded here in the recent past, Knepp is now home to the UK’s largest colony of this spectacular butterfly. Unlike other butterflies, the purple emperor has decadent tastes. Shunning flowers, it feeds on fox scat and sap runs from wounds on the oak trees, behaving more like a tropical butterfly.  

You’ll see purple emperor sap runs and watch as the butterflies descend to take minerals from paths and animal droppings. Watch as the males perform elegant displays and show surprising aggression, chasing away anything else that flies – including birds.

Mid-way through the safari you’ll break for a refreshing drink and locally made brownies.

These safaris run between 29 June and 14 July.

Our Purple Emperor Safari is a three-hour walk with frequent stops. You’ll need a good level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground. 

10am-1pm or 2-5pm
£60 per person

Important information

All guests must be over 12yrs. We cannot accommodate unaccompanied guests under 18yrs.

We regret we cannot offer refunds or date changes once your booking is made.

We cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. 

Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see.

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Our 12+ Policy

Knepp Wildland Safaris and campsite are all about the quiet and patient observation of nature.

Some of the species we are likely to encounter are shy or can be frightened by loud noises or sudden movements. Our campsite with open-air fire-pits, wood-burning stoves and an on-site pond is unsuitable for small children.

For this reason, our safaris, holiday cottages and campsite are suitable only for children of 12 and over.

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