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The Big Cat Sanctuary

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One-on-One Photographic Workshop

My wife booked a One on One Photographic Workshop for me, and paid a little extra so she could also... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul K
Excellent, a bit expensive for overnight stay, but it's in a good cause...

Really enjoyed our stay, the lodges are lovely, staff friendly and welcoming, very well organised... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ian F
Bexley, null, United Kingdom
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“hand feeding”(27 reviews)
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 2 days ago

My wife booked a One on One Photographic Workshop for me, and paid a little extra so she could also attend as a non-photography guest. The day started promptly at 8:45 where we were met by Alma, the professional photographer for the Big Cat Sanctuary....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Really enjoyed our stay, the lodges are lovely, staff friendly and welcoming, very well organised and a real thrill to be so close to the cats.

Thank Ian F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I am an animal lover and ex zoo keeper, my mum bought me the big cat experience as a birthday gift and it was amazing!! Super enclosures, no stereotypical behaviour issues seen from any of the big cats, very clean gardens and toilets. Both our...More

Thank fourkidstwodogs
Reviewed 5 days ago

My expectations were exceeded, that's a gross understatement. I had been looking forward to our overnight stay at the Sanctuary ever since watching the TV programme about Maya, the Black Jaguar. And boy, did it deliver. A truly genuine warm welcome, absolutely outstanding facilities, and...More

Thank Malco911
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wonderful is all I can say. Attended an adopters day. Saw all the cats and didn't want to leave. The staff are briliant and animals well cared for. Recommended.

Thank Tracey N
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife paid for me to come here on a all day photographic experience which certainly exceeded all my expectations. There was only six people in our group and we were taken around by Sarah a very experienced and knowledgeable guide who had an excellent...More

Thank mshaward
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went for the overnight lodge stay and had a fantastic time, worth every penny. Two tours of the enclosures with knowledgeable and friendly staff with just a small group meant we got to really know the cats and see them much closer than expected,...More

Thank Claire V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place, always a positive experience and they do such great work! Always recommend this place to other people all over the country.

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a super visit to the Big Cat Sanctuary last Sunday. The afternoon started with an interesting talk by Giles Clark to the group of about 40, giving some background on how his own career evolved, how the Sanctuary came about and information on the...More

Thank ArthurMK1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent opportunity to get closer to lions,tigers, leopards,jaguars, cheetahs, lynx, pumas ..... and even a few types of cats you have probably never heard of . Learned lots . Overnight stay is a wonderful experience --- hear the lions roaring nearby ! Staff pleasant and...More

Thank mgmreid
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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
25 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.
25 July 2018|
Response from angelbuff6 | Reviewed this property |
The open days are 26th till the 29th July, all the tickets get sold way in advance, open days are once a year, become an adopter or member then you get to go to special days