Wild Cat Rescue

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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! 

Contact us for an appointment or more information.

Entrance fees

Adults: R120 - Children under 10: R90

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Google Reviews
  • 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  Nice getaway for the family. Quite and tranquil. Lions set the mood

    thumb Alice Neethling
    10/06/2019
  • 5 star review  Visit Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm and experience the amaizing wild animals on the farm, beautiful Lodge rooms and the sounds of nature.

    thumb Lizette van Schalkwyk
    10/10/2019
  • 5 star review  Nice facilties, Awesome animals, Great personel.

    thumb Jaco Erwee
    11/29/2019
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  • star rating  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
  • star rating  Our family enjoyed the best Wild Cat Experience. to be so close to these beautiful creatures who are lovingly cared for. we will definitely visit again. thank you

    332seanp
    9/16/2017
  • star rating  On Saturday 9 January 2021, my wife, my two teenage daughters and I had booked an overnight stay at this place. It wasn’t cheap (dinner and breakfast were extra too),... read more

    Peter M
    1/15/2021
  • star rating  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
  • star rating  Zanchieta is a hidden gem and we definitely got more than we bargained for. Listening to the lions at night, relaxing on the lawn and having the freedom to roam... read more

    329janinev
    12/20/2017