Panthera Africa Educational Visit

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.





90 minute guided walk.






Sturdy and comfortable shoes for your walking experience. A jacket for cold weather/wind.


Unfortunately at this stage, our premises is not wheelchair friendly.



Departure point

How 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 (1hr, 45 min).

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.

Return point



Please arrive 15min prior to your visit.

Cancellation policy

If cancelled up to 30 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled up to 20 days before date of arrival, 25% of the total price of the reservation will be charged. If cancelled up to 10 days before date of arrival, 50% of the total price of the reservation will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the total price of the reservation will be charged.


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   Sarah Sage

5 March, 2019
Wonderful reserve for rescued big cats. Doing amazing work and highly informative.
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   Jeroen Zeegers

30 January, 2019
Inspiring to see how this sanctuary is nursing badly treated Big African Cats and spreads awareness of all the fowl business that’s going on in South Africa. This sanctuary is ten times better than a zoo, the animals are in an exquisite health and shine like they supposed to. They let visitors in to get some money to support the project, but money does not lead their love to support these cats. Special shout out to Sydney as she is a very good storyteller and lets her passion run wild through all her stories about the cats. 5/5
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   Nikitas Bompolias

14 February, 2019
Amazing experience. Sidney was a great host and explained to us a lot about the big cats and what they unfortunately go through. Highly recommended while visiting the area
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   Nikki Cohen

3 March, 2019
If you want to make a difference. If you want to be part of change. If you want to learn more about these magnificent creatures, THEN GO AND VISIT PANTHERA AFRICA. My 4yr old daughter and I had a great experience. Will definitely go again when next we visit Hermanus. Thanks.
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   Lukasz Graniczek

25 November, 2018
Wow! What an experience! I was lucky to score a walk in admission as most tours require pre booking. I was greeted by friendly Sydney who had a smile on the whole time and was also my tour guide. Seeing how she was able to talk to animals and call some of them over put a big smile on my face. It was also sad to hear some of the animals’ stories but in the end they found a happy home. Everyone here works around the clock to give these animals a better home. I feel much more educated about the animal cruelty that goes on. Please visit this and learn before visiting another petting zoo ever again!
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