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WELCOME TO ZANCHIETA

Zanchieta is a licenced rehabilitation center for a wide range of species, as well as a sanctuary for animals ineligible for release to the wild. We are situated in the heart of South Africa’s Free State province, only 22 kilometres from the city of Bloemfontein. We are a non-profit organization under the name Lehodimo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Sanctuary of the Free State Province. In some African languages “Lehodimo” means Heaven. To us this is representative of the safe space which we have created for the wildlife in our care.

At Zanchieta we believe in the rights and protection of animals. In addition to being a permanent home to many of South Africa's great (and lesser) cats, we act as a care facility for monkeys, meerkats, porcupines, sheep, birds, guinea pigs, and more who have been abandoned, injured, or otherwise traumatised. We strive to make life as normal as possible for animals by ensuring their health and well-being. 

We offer luxurious accommodation and great conferencing facilities.  Guided Walking Tours are a special event offered daily (accessible for wheelchairs as well), where guests are able to observe our animal residents during their feeding time; offering amazing photo opportunities. Be sure to bring your camera! 

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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  • 5 star review  Noce people. Animals looking so good

    thumb Brenda Pieterse
    1/22/2020
  • 5 star review  Lovely animals, well cared for. Loved the feeding of the lions. Incredible to be able to see them up close.

    thumb Jackie du Preez
    2/29/2020
  • 3 star review  Great experience walk around...

    thumb Brendan Kearney
    8/28/2019
  • 4 star review  I ll have to revisit the place due to its animals

    thumb lucky sedikwe
    12/01/2019
  • 4 star review  Nice getaway for the family. Quite and tranquil. Lions set the mood

    thumb Alice Neethling
    10/06/2019
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  •   Definitely a great place to see cats up close!! Lots of rehabilitation of animals that society has not taken care of. Well done Zanchieta team!

    Ellehi
    12/20/2016
  •   Had a lovely two night stay at Zanchieta. Very welcoming, good food, accommodation was excellent. I stayed in Room 9 which is near the lions. Queen bed, large... read more

    Bigcatz
    8/31/2018
  •   We spent one night at Zanchieta on the way to Kruger. I am normally not a fan of enclosed lions, but all these lions have been rescued from various... read more

    yvonne1506
    8/27/2018
  •   Amazing work done here. The guided tour is well worth it and is very informative. I don't really have the words to describe it properly.

    mikedN3664PR
    11/30/2019
  •   What an awesome experience! Our guide Mieke was fantastic using heaps of humour in our tour. She told us all the quirky traits of the animals and was quite informative... read more

    yvonnecX2593XH
    7/29/2018