Wild Cat Rescue
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
Noce people. Animals looking so good
Lovely animals, well cared for. Loved the feeding of the lions. Incredible to be able to see them up close.
Great experience walk around...
I ll have to revisit the place due to its animals
Nice getaway for the family. Quite and tranquil. Lions set the mood
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
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
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