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Take a walk on the wild side and experience the perfect animal-focused staycation. Enjoy an overnight stay, waking to the roar of the lions!  Get up close and personal with some of the world's most endangered big cats, with a stay in a luxury lodge for up to four adults - includes a feeding experience, two VIP guided tours and dinner

Take a walk on the wild side and experience the perfect animal-themed staycation at The Big Cat Sanctuary, run by a leading conservation charity, in the Kent countryside. Home to over 50 cats spanning 15 different species,


this incredible overnight stay will whisk you away to the exotic plains of Africa, China and beyond without you stepping foot outside the UK. The charity's work in Big Cat welfare, breeding, conservation and education, will be benefited by your stay at the sanctuary and from other kind donations. 



Location: Kent, UK
Nearest Airport:  London Airports
Prices:  From £750.00

Set in 32 acres of grassland in peaceful and tranquil in the countryside of Smarden, an amazing experience awaits you at the exclusive Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent. A unique opportunity in the UK to join a Big Cat Walking Safari and overnight lodge experience.

Arrive at 2.30pm for an afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco in the Heritage Lodge Welcome Centre overlooking the tigers and lions, followed by a VIP tour with one of the keepers, where you will be able to meet the wonderful cats.


After freshening up in your lodge enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink and an evening meal in the Heritage Lodge Conservatory overlooking the African Lions. They are so close it feels like they literally walking past your table.

A peaceful night's sleep will follow, while you are surrounded by some of the world's most magnificent predators!

The next day you will wake to the roar of the lions! Breakfast will be served in the Heritage Lodge Conservatory followed by a walk on the wild side with one of the Keepers. Your morning tour includes a hand feed of one of the cats, and concludes at approximately 11am with a visit to the gift shop.

The peace and tranquillity of the site in Smarden provides a sanctuary and excellent conditions for the successful breeding of the beautiful, yet endangered cats both large and small within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme.

A unique, worthwhile wonderful wildlife experience in the heart of Kent.

Parking in private car park

The lodge is located on one level only.  

The property is suitable for adults only

Amur Tiger Lodge: 

Sleeps two in one bedroom, with one shower room. Set in the grounds, free car parking. 

Ground Floor
Sitting room seating 2, Smart TV,  Fridge, mini bar
Master Bedroom (sleeps two) with a double bed, Smart TV
Bathroom with WC, shower and basin. 


Veranda seating two, set in beautifully maintained landscaped gardens


Electric wall heaters

Use of bathrobes

Complimentary toiletries and slippers

Tea and coffee facilities


All meals provided including afternoon tea, welcome drinks, dinner & breakfast

A little more info.....

The Big Cat Sanctuary is located at Headcorn Road, Smarden, Kent and is set in 32 acres of grass land. There were a few big cats on the site prior to our arrival in 2000 and especially since we became a charity in 2004, we have succeeded in growing the collection and improving the site, for the benefit of both the cats and the visitors.

The Big Cat Sanctuary will always be indebted to Peter Sampson and the Sampson family. Their vision and support both personally and through the family owned Paradise Wildlife Park has enabled the project to prosper and to become the leading collection of big cats in the country. Their financial and practical support has meant that we have been able to achieve the ambition of being a Conservation Centre of Excellence.

The conversion to Charity status of our parent organisation Wildlife Heritage Foundation (Charity number 1104420) has assisted enormously in attracting the funds we have needed both to improve our own site but also to assist in projects overseas.

Paradise Wildlife Park continues to use its own contacts and expertise in the breeding of Big Cats to generate interest in and support for  The Big Cat Sanctuary within zoo and conservation communities. This assistance has enabled the charity to bring together a first class collection of endangered Big cats with excellent breeding credentials within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEPs).

The main improvements to the site in recent years have included a new entrance, driveway and carpark, a visitor centre a conference building and various new breeding enclosures.

The charity has a Licence under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and is a member of BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums and an associate member of EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.



The Big Cat Sanctuary has in excess of 50 cats including African lions, White lions, Amur leopards, North Chinese leopards, Snow leopards, Amur tigers, Sumatran tigers, Cheetah, Lynx, Fishing cats, Jaguars, Pallas cats, Pumas, Rusty Spotted cats, Jungle cats and Servals.

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