Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

See the magnificence of the big cats

Panthera Africa is an educational centre and a safe haven for ambassador and rescued big cats, where no breeding or trading will take place. We offer educational and enrichments visits. Pre-bookings only.

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Educational Visit

Educational Visit 

Visit Panthera Africa where our knowledgeable and passionate staff will tell you interesting facts about the different species, and enlighten you on our animals' unique personalities. Let the lions, tigers, leopards and caracals show you their magnificence and beauty. 

Price From: Adults R290, Children U 13y: R150, Pensioners: R190, Members & Families of 4+ qualify for a 10% discount.

Summer: October – March @ 9am and/or 4pm (depending on availability)

Winter: April –September @ 10am and/or 3pm (depending on availability)

Pre-bookings only. 

Sunset Visit

Sunset Visits

See Big Cats At The Magical Time of Day

Sunset is a magical time of day here at Panthera Africa, and we love sharing this sacred time with our four-legged friends! We would like to invite you to join in this unique experience and if you’re lucky, you may even hear and see the lions roar!
Come and enjoy the early evening with your loved ones as the sun sets and the cats come alive after a long day of rest!
Your passionate host will take you around to the big cat enclosures and tell you their heartfelt stories, and how they came to be at Panthera Africa. Learn interesting and important facts about each specie and the big cat industry as a whole. Enjoy the unique atmosphere as you observe and photograph the big cats at this enchanted time.

Sunset visit – Pre-booking Essential!

Time: Saturdays @ 6pm depending on availability from October – March

Please arrive 15 min prior to your visit as we start on the hour 

Minimum of 4 people, maximum of 25 people

Duration: 2 hours

Price: R490. Only for people 16 years and older.

Bring your camera, wear study and comfortable shoes for your walking experience and a jacket for cold or windy weather

Can’t make it on a Saturday? We can arrange a special sunset visit for you and your loved ones on another evening in the week. Please book 3-4 days in advance. Subject to availability.

Zoo Issues

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 – all 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, unenriched 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 handedly. And even worse; as the public has started to witness and complain about the horrific scenes, some zoos are giving animals mood-altering drugs, such as Prozac, to "handle" the problem and keep the complaints under control.

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

About Us

Panthera Africa 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; panthera leo – the lion, panthera pardus – the leopard, panthera tigris – the tiger and panthera onca – the jaguar.

Panthera Africa is an environmentally friendly rescue center for any captive bred big cats, mainly lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives, without any trading or breeding taking place.

One of Panthera Africa's main purposes is to create awareness around the horrendous canned hunting industry, and urge people to stop supporting the many lion cub petting-farms all around South Africa.

One of the most powerful tools for addressing the horrific threats these endangered predators face, is spreading awareness. Through education, training and study, Panthera Africa aims to ensure that the knowledge and understanding of the predators is improved and developed, so the destruction can come to an end.

Panthera Africa believes in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and aims to become the first "green" rescue centre in South Africa, and run solely on solar energy.

Panthera Africa has found its 40 hectare paradise with a beautiful home for the animals, the owners and the many volunteers visiting. The land is filled with lots of large trees, a natural spring and an amazing 360 degree mountain view!

We strongly believe in the saying "In unity there is strength" - and by standing together, human and animal, we believe in the possibility of a prosperous future, and we take pride in 'speaking' on their behalf.

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