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 .
The Big Cat Sanctuary Reviews
not a cheap place to go but in the whole where is, this is not a zoo, it is a conservation place where the animals are there for breeding purposes, and to move on to other either wildlife parks or the... more »
Booked a big cat tour & feed for my boyfriends birthday and we had the best time. The weather was horrendous, winds & rain for our whole experience (not that we minded) but we were offered lots of tea... 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.
Places to stay near The Big Cat Sanctuary
Plan your trip to Smarden
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Smarden
Plans to The Big Cat Sanctuary by other users
29 days in Gillingham BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Dover BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Whitstable BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in England & Edinburgh BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM INDIA May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium