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The Big Cat Sanctuary, Smarden

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#2 of 71 in Wildlife in Kent
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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  • What a wonderful experience! Be able to get so close and feed these magnificent animals was incredible. And thank you to Joe for taking us round! I would highly recommend. 
    What a wonderful experience! Be able to get so close and feed these magnificent animals was incredible. And thank you to Joe for taking us round! I would highly recommend.  more »
  • Everyone should do this !! What a truly awesome day !! Such a huge privilege to get up so close to these majestic creatures. I did the (group of 4) photography day with Ryan and Sarah who were so... 
    Everyone should do this !! What a truly awesome day !! Such a huge privilege to get up so close to these majestic creatures. I did the (group of 4) photography day with Ryan and Sarah who were so...  more »
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  • Fantastic place. Quite exclusive as you have to either book one of the fantastic experiences, become a member, or get tickets to the annual open days. The exclusivity is its brilliance though - when there for an experience, it can almost feel like you have the place to yourself. Apart from big events, there is parking on tarmac and the site is accessible. If your experience includes food, it's really tasty and they can cater for various dietary requirements (inform them in advance though).
  • 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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