Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

See The Magnificence Of The Big Cats

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary is a non-profit organization just outside Stanford that serves as a safe haven for rescued big cats. No breeding or trading takes place at the sanctuary that works towards educating the public on conservation matters. Expect to see lions, tigers, caracul and other big cats in their natural surroundings. Tours are offered by experienced guides and knowledgeable volunteers. The tours are by appointment only and include Educational Visits and Sunset Visits.

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Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary is a non-profit company (NPC no; 2014/002629/08) founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist.

The name Panthera Africa is inspired by the passion Lizaene and Cathrine have for the four Pantheras which are:

  • Panthera Leo – The Lion
  • Panthera Pardus – The Leopard
  • Panthera Tigris – The Tiger
  • Panthera Onca – The Jaguar
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Panthera Africa is an environmentally friendly rescue centre for captive-bred big cats that include lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards.

On 40-hectares of natural paradise just outside Stanford in the Overberg, the big cats can enjoy lush trees, a natural spring and an amazing 360-degree mountain view!

The Panthera team strongly believe in the saying, "Unity makes strength", and that by standing together there can be a prosperous future for both human and animals, together.

Stop Animal Shows

Stop Animal Shows

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary strives to educate the public regarding the damage being caused by animal shows.

Zoo Animals

The public eye is increasingly focused on the shocking conditions wild animals such as lions and tigers, suffer under in zoos and circuses worldwide. They are kept in miniature cages, often abused and starved, for the purpose of income from public viewing.

The captive animals are deprived of their natural environment without any or little stimuli, enrichment or hiding place from the public gaze. The animals become frustrated and bored, and many develop the so-called "zoochosis". Have you ever observed a captive animal pace repeatedly, twist and roll its neck unnaturally, rock and sway back and forth, or even inflict self-mutilation? If the answer is yes, then you sadly have experienced this condition first hand. What’s worse is that some zoos administer mood-altering drugs, such as Prozac, to "handle" the problem and to avoid complaint from the public.

Some zoos are experiencing surplus problems, and are euthanizing perfectly healthy lions and tigers. They over breed to ensure constant cubs for tourists to pet and then run out of space to house them as adults. Their lives then consist of a dirty, dark enclosure as small as a bedroom, where many suffer from malnutrition, and never even feel the grass under their paws!

Circus  Animals

Together with a wealth of international organisations and wildlife activists, Panthera Africa aims to educate the public about the unbelievable conditions wildlife suffer under in circuses and create awareness about the truth behind the scenes. There is an absolute need to expose the reality of the psychological and physical anguish the animals face under training, housing and transportation. There is no wild animal that of its own will want to jump through burning hoops, or sit on a chair, or give a high-5! This comes from years of harsh punishments and beating. The animals have no voice to say no, and act out of fear – not choice. Panthera Africa supports the fight for the banning of all wildlife in circuses where they are being portrayed as education for the public when it is nothing more than simple cruelty.

Educational Visit

Educational Visit 

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary offer educational visits led by knowledgeable and passionate staff who will tell you interesting facts about the different species of big cats.

Please note that visits are by appointment only.


  • Adults - R290
  • Members and Families of 4+ qualify for a 10% discount
  • Pensioners - R190
  • Children (under 13) - R150


  • Summer - October to March @ 9:00 and / or 16:00 (depending on availability)
  • Winter - April to September @ 10:00 and / or 15:00 (depending on availability)
Sunset Visit

Sunset Visits

Sunset is a magical time of day at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary and the Panthera team invite the public to join them and the big cats for a unique experience. As the sun sets the cats come alive, after a long day of rest!

A friendly guide will take you around the big cat enclosures and tell you each residents story and how they came to be at Panthera Africa. Learn interesting and important facts about each species and about the big cat industry as a whole.

Please note that visits are by appointment only and are not suitable for children.


  • R490 per person
  • Minimum bookings of four people
  • Maximum bookings of 25 people


  • Summer - October to March @ 18:00 (depending on availability)

Can’t make it on a Saturday? Panthera can arrange a special sunset visit on any other evening with prior arrangement.



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