Panthera Africa Educational Visit

Stanford, Western Cape

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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. No Firearms are allowed on the premises. No picnics are allowed to take place on the premises before or after the visit. No photos or videos taken at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary are allowed to be used for commercial usage without written permission from Panthera Africa Management. Panthera Africa NPC has copyright of any photos taken at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary, and can be used as they see fit.


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

We really enjoyed our visit. Very informative. It was amazing to see the care and love all the staff put into their work. Thank you for caring and teaching is. Loved every moment. - Jacoline

Environmental Minister Barbara Creecy revealed plans to ban the breeding of lions in captivity for trophy hunting or for tourists to pet, advocating a more "authentic" experience for visitors. 02/05/2021 What wonderful news after my successful Educational Site Tour to Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary. The universe has a way of letting us know when we are in the right place at the right time. Panthera Africa was founded and the name inspired by the passion Lizaene Cornwall and Catherine S. Nyquist have for the four panthers; ... panthera leo - the lion, panthera pardus - the leopard, panthera onca - the jaguar and panthera tigris - the tiger. "Saving one animal will not change the world, but surely for that one animal, the world will change forever." Karen Davison Our educational tour, conducted by one of the volunteers on site [Sydney Waterhouse] was an informative platform where she charismatically and passionately expressed and shared with us that together with the big cats, you will discover that each species and their individual uniqueness is a story of the allure and passion they have for what they do. "The least I can do is to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves." Jane Goodall I have allowed myself to start reading the book I purchased at your gift store " Cuddle Me Kill Me - Richard Peirce" and also watched the documentary "Blood Lions" ... That is the level of inspiration and interest I have now developed after my visit. Thank you for hosting Pauline, Shona and I and for the fabulous hospitality. #baztoursandguiding [FB] #beaulahbaz [Instagram] [PS. I used some of your quotes on your website which is very beautifully descriptive and very well designed.] I was in awe and I am so motivated to bring about change and to invite others to come and experience what I have experienced on my Educational Site Visit. I've already set the wheels in motion and am busy with strategizing in introducing young people who studies tourism in Grade 12 to come out on this adventure [locally]. I've planted the seed with my international contacts and am preparing a document to introduce Panthera Africa through my business. - Bazil Christians

It was excellent. - Ziette

My apologies for this delayed response but I can certainly say that my wife and daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Panthera Africa. Since soon after settling in Hermanus about two years ago, when we first heard about your 'true' big cat sanctuary, we had been intending to visit it, and what we experienced when we finally made it exceeded our already high expectations! Our guide, Stephanie, was excellent, providing interesting background and anecdotes about the individual big cats and how they came to be there and highlighting at the same time the value of true sanctuaries and the need for more education about what is happening to big cats in South Africa and elsewhere - especially with regard to practices such as canned lion hunting and initiatives aimed at putting an end to this appalling practice. Teaching young people about these issues is of course so important, and it's good to see that in the local newspapers Panthera Africa is regularly advertised and even provides activities for children. I do try to support your initiatives in a small way through Quirk & Leopard's PAW project. I enjoy reading books in Norwegian and Swedish, and Q&L is one of the very few shops that stock such treasures. I believe this may be partly thanks to a similar interest of your co-founder Cathryn Nyquist, and I shall continue to buy and donate books of all sorts to benefit the project. We will also spread the word about Panthera Africa. All the best Hilton - Hilton Hubbard

Thank you for the opportunity to visit your sanctuary. I trust that the article we did in the December issue of the GansbaaiCourant will be of great value for your venture. Kind regards Marinda van der Walt Publisher, GansbaaiCourant - Marinda van der Walt

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