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Bagamoya Wildlife Estate

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Amazing, beyond our wildest dreams!

We explored Bagamoya when we had family in from the US. We stayed at the self-catering chalets... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC
Excellent experience. Highlight of Southern Africa Vacation

My 18 year old daughter and I had the full day interactive experience at Bagamoya. It’s a... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2018
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“big cats”(11 reviews)
“lion cubs”(8 reviews)
“swimming pool”(2 reviews)
Bagamoya Wildlife Estate is a lion sanctuary farm, ideally situated about 25km from the Bloemfontein International Airport and 35km from the centre of the City of Bloemfontein, Free State Province, South Africa. A beautiful getaway place, where you...more
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| Maselspoort, Bloemfontein 9360, South Africa
+27 82 497 7550
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We explored Bagamoya when we had family in from the US. We stayed at the self-catering chalets. Depending on the time of year, I would consider taking some mosquito repellent. It was amazing to having ostriches, springbok, and warthogs pass right in front of your...More

Thank derechos
Reviewed May 8, 2018

Went on a Saturday with my family. Was able to see the big cats and a little zoo they kept there. It was a nice experience with the family, but the service was not good and the food cold. While the food was getting colder...More

8  Thank Patrys E
Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

My 18 year old daughter and I had the full day interactive experience at Bagamoya. It’s a family-run social good facility that offers full day experience of interacting with big cats (as a way of offsetting their costs). Shareen and Botha are committed to animal...More

6  Thank Julian32
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Big Cats kept in disgustingly depressing conditions. Staff were unpleasant and unco-operative. Animals are solely present to attract guests and cubs are used to lure families with children,More

6  Thank MineyC2
ShelterOfLions, Owner at Bagamoya Wildlife Estate, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hi, We have not been opened for the public since January. So I cannot understand how you can place a review when we are not open to the public? Please confirm the date which you,according to yourself, stayed at our facility, WHICH IS NOT OPEN...More

Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

Accommodation is pricey considering the quality. R3000 per night for the River house, increases to R3500 depending on the number of people. The House was not cleaned, we found bugs in the cups. We were initially quoted R180pp for the Christmas buffet lunch, this was...More

1  Thank NalediD2
Reviewed December 25, 2017

the lions were quite sleepy the food was very nice I guess the transport was quite poor the shops were in walking distance

Thank Marrion R
Reviewed December 12, 2017 via mobile

Overpriced rooms. Rates range between R750-3000 per night. No amenities. Rat droppings in kitchen cabinets. Holes in roof and floor. No two point plugs even though everything works on two point plugs. No tv. Dirty towels.

1  Thank AndreaP9026
Reviewed November 14, 2017 via mobile

Just go there, be happy, everything is better than u can imagine! Surronding, scenery, staff everything is amazing!

Thank Palmartensson
Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

We've just spent a wonderful time at Bagamoya. Ronel was a perfect host, very welcoming and it was an amazing experience seeing the variety of lions, cheetahs and tigers. The highlight was interacting with the cubs. I can really recommend this as a wonderful outing...:

Thank tjvr1
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

We went there not knowing what to expect. Had a good meal that was really fairly priced. It's lovely having your lunch whilst watching the lions. The hosts are truly hands on and friendly. The children thoroughly enjoyed feeding the bunnies, birds and chickens. Even...More

Thank BenitaP75
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May 14, 2017|
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Response from ShelterOfLions | Property representative |
Hi Anso, I see that you are from Bloemfontein. Please come and visit us and see what we do. In answer ro your question: NO. My animals do not get sold or hunted ever. The eldest lion is turning 16 years old. His 1 wife... More
Morris m
March 1, 2016|
Response from ShelterOfLions | Property representative |
Hi there, It all depends on what you want to do. the package that all tourists take usually is around $170. It is the full interaction which means that you interact with all ages lions and tigers. Takes about 4 hours if you... More