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The Big Cat Sanctuary, Smarden

4.8
#2 of 73 in Wildlife in Kent
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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Tucked away in the Kent countryside, The Big Cat Sanctuary allows you to come face-to-face with a variety of felines, big and small, adults and cubs. This conservation charity is home to nearly 50 cat species, including some of the world's most endangered ones. Apart from tours, the sanctuary offers a full safari experience with overnight stays in luxury lodges. Adventurous visitors can try their hand at being a ranger for a weekend. Plan to visit The Big Cat Sanctuary during your Smarden vacation using our convenient Smarden trip planner.
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  • We stayed overnight at Leopard Lodge. Everything about our stay exceeded our expectations. The Lodge was immaculately clean, with good attention to detail. The food was delicious and plentiful. The....  more
    We stayed overnight at Leopard Lodge. Everything about our stay exceeded our expectations. The Lodge was immaculately clean, with good attention to detail. The food was delicious and plentiful. The....  more »
  • Really good day - great, close experience with all the big cats. Well looked after by all of the staff. Highly recommended. 
    Really good day - great, close experience with all the big cats. Well looked after by all of the staff. Highly recommended.  more »
  • I bought an overnight stay for my husband as a present and it was an amazing experience. Meals (afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast) were excellent with the most lovely staff looking after us. The... 
    I bought an overnight stay for my husband as a present and it was an amazing experience. Meals (afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast) were excellent with the most lovely staff looking after us. The...  more »
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  • Just attended the annual open day for the first time. Really impressed by sanctuary and what it is doing to try to conserve big cats in the wild. Sanctuary is also involved with protecting elephants and rhinos in Africa. Can't really put into words how impressed I am with the whole set u would just urge all true animal lovers to check out the Big Cat Sanctuary on it's website.
  • What a fantastic place. We had an amazing time on our Maya and Willow experience. The guides were very informative and friendly as we're the rest of the staff. Definitely a day to remember and one to add to your bucket list if you haven't done so 😀👍
  • What an amazing day out. Got to feed a cheetah and a jaguar. Saw all the amazing animals and got taught so my by a very knowledgeable guide. Lovely lunch after with a surprise guest (see photo). Highly recommended.
  • An absolutely amazing experience! Would recommend so much. Buy raffle tickets! They help with fundraising AND that's how I got to hand feed a beautiful tiger. Will definitely be going again 😀
  • Luxury lodge VIP stay. We stayed with The Big Cat Sanctuary for our mini moon and wow it was amazing. The staff are above and beyond exceptional and the the keepers are very knowledgeable about their feline residents. The lodges are stunning, even more impressive as you listen to the roar of an African Lion as your alarm clock. :-) The food was very good from the afternoon tea to the 3 course evening meal, enjoyed whilst overlooking a lion enclosure. The bar offers an extensive choice too. The cats are the Sanctuary's number 1 priority and you can clearly see the care and attention each feline receives, which goes far and beyond with their educational and conservation efforts worldwide. The highlight for us was feeding the African Lion, guided by experts, it make you realise up close and personal just how magnificent these cats are. Thank you for such an incredible mini moon. We can't wait to return.

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