Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

Join us for an unforgettable experience

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, trading or interaction takes place at the sanctuary that works towards educating the public on the conditions big cats face in captivity. Expect to see lions, tigers, leopards, and caracals. Educational visits are offered by passionate hosts who will share the heartfelt stories of the big cats. The visits are by appointment only and include Educational, Sunset and Enrichment Visits. Pre-bookings only.

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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, 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, "In unity there is strength", and that by standing together there can be a prosperous future for both human and animals, together.

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 - R340
  • Members and Families of 4+ qualify for a 10% discount
  • Pensioners - R240
  • Children (under 13) - R170


  • 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 @ sunset (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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