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The Big Cat Sanctuary

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Amazing overnight luxury lodge stay with tours

Having watched Giles Clark in Tigers about the house and Big Cars about the house we really wanted... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Wendy J
via mobile
An Amazing Experience

I booked a photographic day experience at the Big Cat Sanctuary. On arrival I was introduced to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dave R
Bristol, United Kingdom
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The Big Cat Sanctuary The Big Cat Sanctuary is a conservation charity, home to over 50 big and small cats across 16 different species. We are proud to have the most diverse collection in the UK, from the largest, to the smallest, to the most...more
Marley Farm Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
+44 1233 771915
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Having watched Giles Clark in Tigers about the house and Big Cars about the house we really wanted to visit the sanctuary to see how Maya and Willow were getting on. When the overnight lodge stay came up on secret escapes we jumped at the...More

1  Thank Wendy J
Reviewed 3 days ago

I booked a photographic day experience at the Big Cat Sanctuary. On arrival I was introduced to Alma who was to lead the day. Alma could not have been more helpful, enthusiastic or Knowledgeable. In addition her photographic technical ability was excellent. Lunch was included...More

Thank Dave R
Reviewed 3 days ago

May not be the cheapest day out, but what an experience. To get close up to these wonderful creatures, without the mobs you can get in a zoo, is amazing. Spent the night there to the sound of roaring lions.is something else altogether. Various small...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Booked a photography experience and it was worth every penny. the guide gave good information about the cats and tried everything to get good opportunities to get good pictures and we were given all the time needed to get the photo required. the animals are...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic unique experience, appears expensive but in reality it wasn’t. Overnight stay in a fantastic lodge, Afternoon cream tea, fabulous 3 course dinner, Private tour of the cats, breakfast and a hand feeding experience of a large cat. Great motivated people doing great work to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Big Cat Sanctuary is a wonderful project to behold. It was a privilege for me, as an ‘adopter’, and one who is very much against animals in captivity, to come up close and personal (at a safe distance!) with such beautiful creatures, all of...More

Thank Gilly H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bought my husband a one to one Photography day with Alma, and for a fee was able to go along as well. What a way to spend a day, getting up clean se and personal with all the residents. Alma seems to have a very...More

2  Thank Cheryl D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was given a one to one photography workshop experience for my birthday from my family and my husband was able to pay a little bit extra to come along with me as a guest. We visited on 3rd October and arrived a little early...More

2  Thank Angay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to stay in one of their superb lodges overnight. It was a fantastic couple of days. We were very warmly welcomed and shown straight to our lodge when we arrived. A quick unpack and then down to the restaurant for afternoon...More

1  Thank tottenhamboy2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I recently visited The Big Cat Sanctuary for our Big Cat Encounter which my partner had purchased for me for my birthday. When we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff who offered us both a hot drink while we waited for...More

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Margaret E
18 October 2018|
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Response from Sue B | Reviewed this property |
No unless a guide dog. It’s not a zoo and even young children not aloud in.
Deb L
21 September 2018|
Response from paulthompson01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Yes there is a hairdryer in the lodge PS take some ear plugs with you as the lions roar will keep you awake but is a beautiful experience
26 July 2018|
Response from Fiona T | Reviewed this property |
There is a lodge for 4, contact the big cat sanctuary to book it. It would be a brilliant birthday experience. I was lucky enough to get the lodge experience for my birthday. It is a fantastic gift.