Walk on the wild side at Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Bloemfontein

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Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Bloemfontein, Free State

Acting as a Wild Cat rehabilitation facility as well as a luxury accommodation, Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitaion Centre in Bloemfontein offers an experience you will never forget.

Their pride consists of many of South Africa’s great and lesser cats such as lions, cheetahs, servals, caracals, jackals, foxes and more!

Not only will you get to witness some of South Africa’s beautiful wildlife, but you can also enjoy exclusive, luxury accommodation at Zanchieta. Whether you prefer a comfortable room or camping under the African skies, they have the perfect room for you that suits your budget.

Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has won many awards for their outstanding work, such as Best Value Award from Afristay, and came out as the winners for the LTG Africa’s Middle East Awards 2019.

Accommodation at Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

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There are three different types of accommodation to choose from at Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. You can choose to enjoy a stay in their luxurious Lodge, experience budget-friendly accommodation in The Barn or sleep under the stars by utilising their many campsites.

There are ten rooms to choose from in The Lodge, each one spacious and stylishly decorated. All rooms come equipped with a TV with DStv, coffee and tea-making facilities, built-in cupboards and air-conditioning. Rooms will have either a twin or Queen-sized bed and a bathroom with a shower or bath.

Large groups or families can enjoy a stay in The Barn which is the more budget-friendly lodging option. There are ten rooms available to choose from, each with four bunkbeds to sleep in; providing accommodation for a maximum of 40 people.

The Barn comes equipped with a shared bathroom, and a communal kitchen and entertainment area where you can have fun and cook meals together. Friends and family will enjoy the cool and casual atmosphere of The Barn as you can immerse yourself in vacation-mode.

When it comes to camping, Zanchieta has a number of camping sites available for use, each one with its own electrical outlet and braai facility. Shared ablution facilities are available nearby which are serviced daily for your convenience. You can also enjoy a hot shower as well.

Facilities at Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

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Meals at Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre can be made upon prior arrangement so you can enjoy a hearty and filling meal for breakfast and dinner.

Guided and unguided tours of the facility can be arranged so you can explore all the animal enclosures of Zanchieta. Special tour times and dates can be arranged for larger groups of people and special packages are available for schools.

You can see all of the beautiful and majestic animals at Zanchieta during feeding time every day and witness them up close – no touching though!

Besides their abundant number of wild cats on the farm, Zanchieta also has a variety of other animals such as meerkats, spotted genets, owls as well as a crow, kestrel, dassie, baboon, vervet monkey, and red mongoose.

What do people say about Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

“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 bathroom with bath and huge shower! Very clean and lovely view of the lions and farm. Very peaceful. Rabbits and Cara the 3 legged Springbok who roam around will always come and say hi. Definitely recommend a stay here.” – Bigcatz TripAdvisor.

“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 too. Loved it and would highly recommend this.” – Yvonne TripAdvisor.

“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 the farm was such a blessing. We had 3 meals a day and enjoyed the afternoon feeding tour. Good value for money and a quiet spot to rest and relax.” – Janine TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre:

  1. You can enjoy a stay in the middle of a Wild Cat rehabilitation centre.
  2. There are different types of accommodation to choose from that suit your budget and preferences.
  3. Guided and unguided tours of the animals and their enclosures can be arranged upon request.
  4. The rooms are spacious and well-kept.
  5. You can enjoy delicious meals upon request.

To find out more about Zanchieta Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, give them a call on 072 200 3272/051 813 9121 or email bookings@zanchieta.co.za. Visit their website at www.zanchieta.co.za. Find them on Google Maps.

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