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The Big Cat Sanctuary, Smarden

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Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • Truly unforgettable experience. Arrived thankfully to lovely sunshine, were taken for a cup of tea whilst workmen finished up in the lodge grounds. We were then shown to our Tiger Lodge by a really...  more »
  • Visited using an ‘Experience’ Voucher. Upon arrival all the staff were very welcoming. Covid measures were very good. The Sanctuary is not open to the general public so there is plenty of space. Our.....  more »
  • Absolutely fantastic stay from start to finish. We are smitten. Such a well run place and the staff, in whatever job they do are so happy to help and ooze enthusiasm for the place. My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of the joy and happiness this experience gave us. The park is beautifully laid out and exquisitely maintained. Laden with "bee friendly" plants around the lodges was lovely for me to see. The food was 5 star delicious (well done to the unseen chefs) Trust me...this is an experience not to miss. As Arnie says "We will be back"!!!
  • The Big Cat Sanctuary is only open a few days a year, and books up very soon after tickets go on sale. Amazing close up encounters with lions, tigers, leopards, and many others. Also the famous Maya and Willow from the TV series. Good disabled parking, and level access. However, the site is a mixture of made up and unsurfaced paths which can be hard to push on. For the open day there were portable disabled toilets. Food is available in various tents and cafes - mostly sandwiches and cakes. A gift shop sells big cat memorabilia.

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