The Big Cat Sanctuary

Ashford, Kent

Luxury lodge

Luxury lodge

Luxury lodge

Hang out with some of the world's most endangered big cats from your luxury lodge base for up to two or four adults - includes a feeding experience, dinner and more

Take a walk on the wild side and experience the perfect animal-themed staycation at The Big Cat Sanctuary, run by a leading conservation charity in the Kent countryside. Home to over 50 cats spanning 15 different species (including Willow and Maya, famed for their appearance in BBC Two's Big Cats About the House), this incredible overnight stay will whisk you away to the exotic plains of Africa, China and beyond, without you stepping foot outside the UK. The charity's work in Big Cat welfare, breeding, conservation and education will be benefited by your stay at the sanctuary and from other kind donations.

Your stay starts with a welcome glass of bubbly followed by afternoon tea, before you're given an insightful guided tour of The Big Cat Sanctuary by one of the team. You will learn about the charity’s conservation projects both on site and overseas, and you'll be introduced to all of its beautiful residents as you make your way around the sanctuary. You'll even have an opportunity to interact with the small cats, observing enrichment feeds and health checks.

After your afternoon of discovery, you'll sip on pre-dinner drink and relax in the conservatory where you can watch the antics of the African lion brothers, while the on-site chef prepares a delicious dinner. At the end of the day, retire to your luxury lodge and listen to the lions roar throughout the night.

In the morning, enjoy a full English breakfast and end your experience by meeting the rest of the feline residents and partake in the most unforgettable highlight - a chance to hand-feed one of the big cats. You'll leave with treasured memories and the knowledge that you have also supported the charity in its quest to protect some of the world’s most iconic species. The Big Cat Sanctuary easily scooped a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Good to know

Please be aware that this break is not suitable for children under the age of 14 (14 to 16-year-olds can stay in four-person lodge only, assessment for the child’s participation in activities will be made on an individual basis on the day).

Please arrive equipped with closed-toe, weather-appropriate footwear.

Please note that the itinerary is open to change depending on the cats, and meals may be taken in our Founders' Lodge overlooking the Tiger enclosure, depending on your booking date.

Maya and Willow, alongside the The Big Cat Sanctuary itself, were recently featured on the BBC Two documentary series
Big Cats About the House. To watch the show, please visit the BBC's website.

Watch this video to find out more:

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Highlights

  • Getting up close and personal with some of the world's most endangered big cat species
  • Supporting a charity and global conservation efforts
  • Soaking up the tranquillity and exclusivity of the sanctuary's environment
  • Enjoying a delicious meal whilst face-to-face with African lions, with nothing but glass between you

Second opinion

  • To find out more about the sanctuary, please visit their website
  • Read guest reviews on TripAdvisor

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