Bally Vaughan Animal and Bird Sanctuary



Picnic Sites are available along our lake, but are strictly only available by advance booking only please.

Due to the impact of man on his environment worldwide (and here in Zimbabwe), wildlife suffers from every passing day.  Bally Vaughan Animal and Bird Sanctuary were built by Robin and Kathy McIntosh in the early '90s as a Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre for all kinds of wild animals and birds that have been orphaned, abused, or injured. 

Our sanctuary has a huge variety of inhabitants ranging from guinea pigs, rabbits, hyenas, klipspringer, blue duiker, parrots, and Egyptian geese, to the big cats - leopard and lion! Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a safe haven for wild animals and birds in need. We also place a huge emphasis upon conservation education through our facility - how will people, and especially children, be motivated to care for wild creatures they may never see in the flesh. Bally Vaughan Sanctuary based only 40 km from the capital, Harare, provides them that opportunity!

This is a great place to visit in Harare - and serves as an excellent introduction to Zimbabwe's wildlife.

There are heaps to experience at Bally Vaughan Sanctuary, and no need to book in advance, just come on out. 
We're open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, including Monday, and we feed the predators every day at 4 pm. You'll get an up-close look at lion, leopard, and hyena. 
Come and have lunch or cakes at our Gazebo, and watch the animals graze around you -or  book for our regular Sunday Lunches held at the

Duck and Grouse Restaurant overlooking the Bally Vaughan Game Park and Sanctuary.
Conferences or Birthday parties, for kids and adults, can be arranged at Bally Vaughan Sanctuary. Or you could book a safari for the day ( and accommodation overnight ), at our spectacular Mwanga Lodge, which is adjacent. We can arrange everything from hiring a jumping castle to making the birthday cake.  Kids can visit the animals, feed the donkeys, play at our playground, run around on the lawns, and we guarantee they'll go home exhausted!

Weddings can be hosted on the lawns of our sanctuary amidst a vast array of animals and birds, or in our private function dining room, the Duck or Grouse.

Educational School Tours can be held for children's groups (schools, church, or sports teams).  Children can bring their costumes on those hot days and take a dip in our rock pool.

The sanctuary is used to educate Zimbabwe's children and visitors about wildlife, and to try to recover the cost of their rescue work

The entry fee for Bally Vaughan is extremely affordable, to encourage more people to visit and learn about the animals. Many of the more placid animals and birds are allowed to roam freely about the sanctuary, which evokes a Garden of Eden, natural feel.  Sitting under a tree in the restaurant area can be especially atmospheric at 4 pm when all the lions are roaring and the hyenas whooping for their supper!

For reservations please email or call (+263 774) 628261/ (+263 772)317288

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