A Trip to The Big Cat Sanctuary and Overnight Stay in one of The Lodges
Peter & Lisa were treated to an overnight stay at the Big Cat Sanctuary in one of their Lodges.
This was a great chance to not only visit this amazing of places but, catch up with James Hanaway the Head of Development and see the many developments currently underway and planned for this site.
As you are aware this is not only one of Peter’s favourite places to visit but, Sanders’ charity of the year.
The stay includes drinks on arrival followed by an afternoon tea at which the two male lions Tiny & Kafara decided to join us.
Afterwards we had a guided tour of the Sanctuary with knowledgeable talks on all of the 15 different species of cat. We were even treated to watch a tug-of-war between a family who had bid for the chance to take place in this event against Kasanga one of the other male lions and to our surprise John Smit, the x-South African rugby captain was visiting to help with this experience. Needless to say even though the humans put up a good fight the lion was not going to let the meat on the end of the rope go and won himself a great feast!
In the evening we had a drinks reception followed by a sumptuous three course meal whilst relishing views of the Sanctuary.
After enjoying a night cap on the veranda of the wonderful Tiger lodge it was off to bed although we were treated to Lion roars throughout the night as the males communicated to one another across the site.
A cooked breakfast awaited us in the morning and once again we were joined by Tiny & Kafara.
After which we once again had a guided tour but, this time it included hand feeding several of the big cats including two Lions a Tiger and Jaguar.
To raise much needed funds the charity relies on donations and specialised experiences, including Ranger for the Day (which Peter has done) , Big Cat Encounters (which Lisa has done), Photographic Workshops, Overnight Big Cat Safari Experience (which Lisa & I can now definitely recommend!) and Big Cat Adoptions (Scarlett has adopted a couple of cats including Maya).
This charity was chosen mainly due to Peter’s love of felines and the conservation and preservation of big cats.
They are open by appointment only throughout the year for personal big cat experiences and one set of annual open days in July of each year. If you have never been it is CERTAINLY worth the trip! However, there are many other ways in which you can help support them such as those listed above.
Please visit their Facebook page or website for further information of this great organisation thebigcatsanctuary.org