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Panthera Africa Educational Visit

Stanford, Western Cape

Activity Description

One of Panthera Africa’s main purposes is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about the conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment plays a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. We are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place.

On our educational visits you have the chance of capturing photographs of the big cats in their beautiful Natural homes, and get to know about their unique stories, in addition to the important facts about the species and their different situations. We strongly believe in the importance of educating you about animal welfare and conservation, so together with a staff member you will be taken for a lovely walk whilst admiring the beautiful cats.

We ask you kindly to arrive 15 minutes prior to your visit.

We look forward to sharing our dream with you, and to introducing you to our four legged friends!

Online booking system closes 24 hours in advance. Please call +27 (0)71 182 8368 to inquire about possible openings on short notice.


ProviderPanthera Africa
DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round - closed on Tuesdays and the following days: 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 1 Jan.
WhereHow to find us: Stanford is situated in the heart of the Cape Whale and White Shark Coast about 140km from Cape Town, and is easily reached by car (2 hours). You have the choice of two amazing yet very different routes. Route one - Mountain pass Follow the N2 from Cape Town to Somerset West Enjoy the Journey over Sir Lowry's Pass, through Elgin Valley Route two - Ocean view Follow the N2 from Cape Town to Somerset West Turn off onto the R44 to Gordon's Bay and follow the magnificent coastline road Both routes join up with the R43 that leads you towards and through Hermanus to Stanford. When entering Stanford make a left onto the R326 towards Caledon / Riviersonderend. Continue on the tar road for approximately 4km and make a right turn towards Papiesvlei. Continue on the gravel road for 3.5km till you see the Panthera Africa sign on your right. Drive 1.3km, through the neighbouring farm, and follow the signs to the entrance.
WeatherWeather dependent service.
What to WearComfortable Clothing Walking Shoes
Things to BringCamera.
Guests or SpectatorsOnly Paying guest allowed on tour. No pets are allowed on visits and are not to be left in the car outside in the parking area.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions90 minute guided walk.


Online booking system closes 24 hours in advance. Please call +27 (0)71 182 8368 to inquire about possible openings on short notice.

Customer Reviews

Very inspirational. Our tourguide took her time to explain each animal's unique story, needs and requirements. She answered all our questions in a very professional way and concentrated on the fact that the children, despite not understanding english very well understood the concepts through showing examples and let them touch. Very friendly personal. Many thanks for allowing us to enjoy our picnic basket underneath the big trees. Be blessed. - Hannelie Hanekom

We enjoyed the experience and were impacted by the stories we heard. Our hostess/guide was lively, passionate and engaging . - Ian Marsh

The tour we booked was very interesting. The guide was a good expert and by this we have learned a lot. - Thomas Schoening

We enjoyed our visit very much. We were moved by the stories of the animals and the founders, and were very impressed with the guide. We really felt that this sanctuary is all about the animals, not the people. - Ilana Sebba

Panthera Africa does a magnificent job, not only in caring for their big cats the way they do, but also in educating people on the issues of canned hunting and bone trade. The cats are all hosted in well-built, large enclosures and I was very much impressed by the emphasis on enrichment being offered to the cats. The stories of Lizaene, Cathrine and the many cats that they rescued deserve to be told. Shame on South Africa that these stories are real and need to be told. I strongly recommend people visiting SA to visit Panthera Africa if they are in Western Cape. They more people are aware of the tourist traps that hide behind a facade of "conservation" across the country, the better. And this is the place where they will learn. - Rudi Strubbe

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