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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary

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Farm 933 Portion 2, Stanford 7210, South Africa
+27 71 182 8368
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary Panthera Africa (opened April 2015) offers the unique opportunity to learn about the big cats and hear their heartfelt stories! The sanctuary is run by two young ladies who have devoted their lives for these animals, and the passion and love is felt on the educational visits! We educate visitors on the big cats, the threats facing each species today and what can be done to create change for these majestic beings. We are a true sanctuary with no trading, breeding or public interaction, operating as a safe haven for ambassador and rescued cats. We offer different types of visits: 1. EDUCATIONAL VISIT Have a guided walk around to see our white and brown lions, black leopard, caracals and tigers and learn more about our ambassador animals, their species and their threats. Tour times: Everyday expect Tuesdays, 10am and 3pm (April - September) 9am and 4pm October - March); open on public holidays Price: 240 ZAR per adult / 150 ZAR per child under 13 years PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY (as we only have a limited amount of spots per visit) 2. ENRICHMENT VISIT - SOON OPENING We strongly believe in different daily enrichment activities for our big cats to ensure the best captive life possible. Our certified enrichment program can include feeding enrichment, sensory enrichment, physical enrichment and environmental enrichment. Price: 350 ZAR per adult, no children under 16 years allowed. PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY (at least 1 week in advance) 3. TEAMBUILDING Our slogan 'In unity there is strength' is the core definition of any team. Our teambuilding events will take everyone out of their comfort zone, strengthen your team and inspire creativity! We offer the unique opportunity to be involved in our hands-on enrichment program. You will be forced to think outside the box and your ability to work together will directly affect the outcome! We guarantee you huge satisfaction in seeing your product being tested in action! Price: depends on amount of people and equipment provided. PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY
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Farm 933 Portion 2, Stanford 7210, South Africa
+27 71 182 8368
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could not recommend this more! It is one of only a handful of true wildlife sanctuaries that don't breed or use their animals as game when they grow up. They tell the powerful animals of the stories and are so interesting. Lindsey was our guide...More

Thank Dillon D
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Whilst this sanctuary supports a noble cause, and the cats are gorgeous and well cared for in expansive enclosures (if there can be such a thing for wild felines?), the entrance cost makes it a once-off as you'll end up paying close to R1000 for...More

Thank African_LandCruiser
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful place. True sanctuary in every way. Informative and interesting way of educating without interfering with or using the cats as tourism tokins. Was awesome to see the black panther (leopard) and white lion. Looking forward to go and say hi when the...More

Thank TollieL
Reviewed 6 May 2017

I was so happy to learn about the conservation efforts and endangerment culture to African big cat wildlife. Martin, our guide, was so informative. It was truly an enriching experience and I was so happy to be a guest there. Thank you!

Thank Crystal A
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Wow! We had such a profound and enlightening experience at this Big Cat sanctuary. Our tour guide took us on a walking tour, introducing us to each of the Cats with their unique personalities and stories of being rescued from the hands of other facilities...More

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Loved it! Seeing the big cats and seeing photos of how they have grown from the time they are reacued. Our guide Lindsey really educated us about how big cats are exploited . The money that is involved with lions spreads to government and it...More

Thank Ilse B
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Visitng Panthera Africa is different to anything you have experienced before. These animals (lions, tigers, caracals and a black leopard) are tame but they are not there for our pleasure. So there is no petting, no small cemented cages, no posing for pictures... Because it...More

Thank Arnold B
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

LOVED IT! The MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD! WORTH EVERY CENT, and the MONEY GOES TO AN AMAZING CAUSE. Beautiful animals, heartwarming stories, brilliant education. There needs to be more places like these, true sanctuaries that care and protect our wildlife. We had...More

Thank Nadine P
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Learning through observation. A wonderful opportunity to view these magestic cats and hear their life stories. Their message needs to be shared.

Thank Bobbi F
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I've never been to a big cat rescue and therefore I did not know what to expect. I definitely enjoyed my visit, but I can also see how someone with the wrong expectations could be disappointed. They bill the sanctuary exactly as it is, a...More

Thank sypremeks
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Is it accessible for a person in a wheelchair?
16 January 2016|
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Response from Mark W | Reviewed this property |
Possibly... if you have people to help you through the entrance hut (steps). The pathways are not paved.