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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: N2, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+27 44 534 8409
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) who...

Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) who are the CURRENT AWARD WINNERS of the following AWARDS -

• Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards - best Visitors Experience

• Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards - best major Attraction

• World Responsible Tourism Awards - Gold-best Animal Welfare Initiative

• World Responsible Tourism Awards - Overall Winner

Come and visit Jukani which is the home of rescued predators and other wildlife where the focus is on conservation and education, specifically on the plight of predators both in captivity and in the wild all over the world.At Jukani you can see most of the larger cats such as lion, Bengal and Siberian tiger, jaguar, leopard, cheetah, puma, caracal and serval together with rarer species such as white lions and tigers and black leopard.The sanctuary is also home to other predators such as African wild dog, hyena, jackal, honey badger and zorilla together with other wildlife such as zebra, springbuck, raccoons and a variety of species of snake.Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a tour of the sanctuary and introduce you to its inhabitants whilst offering a wealth of interesting and fascinating information regarding each of the species.A visit to Jukani is not just about viewing big cats, it is an informative experience at a sanctuary where the animal's physical and emotional needs are placed first and foremost. Unlike some other facilities, the cats here do not breed and cubs are not removed from their mothers to be 'cuddled' by visitors. These cubs often end their days as trophy hunter's prey.Jukani is a sanctuary, a place of refuge where the wildlife is treated with respect and protected from hunting and other dangers in safe and natural surroundings.The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, a non-profit organisation (PBO No. 200/060 667/08 NPO 008 - 464) is the sole custodian of all the animals at Jukani, and therefore their future is secured.Jukani is funded by means of responsible eco-tourism and strives to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality.A restaurant and curio shop is also available together with disabled access and facilities.

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A lot of action in one place

I have learned so much in an hour and saw beautiful animals that was well taken care of. The Siberian Tiger was absolutely stunning, the cougar/puma was walking close by the fence... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I have learned so much in an hour and saw beautiful animals that was well taken care of. The Siberian Tiger was absolutely stunning, the cougar/puma was walking close by the fence making great photos, and also the Beijing Tiger was wanting to be apart of the show. There's a lot to offer in one place.

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Reviewed 17 February 2017

We had the triple ticket of Jukani, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Jukani was the weakest of the three for us. I can appreciate the good work they are doing in protecting and caring for these big cats but seeing one large carnivore after another behind wire just didn't do anything for us i'm afraid. Having said that, we knew... More 

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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Dear Timothy Thank you kindly for taking the time to review as we appreciate any and all input. We understand that you do not like Big Cats but they are just as vulnerable if not more so than other wildlife and as such needs protection. Therefor we created this sanctuary. Thank you though for the compliments on how we are... More 

Bled, Slovenia
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Interesting and well kept animals, nice friendly tour guides. Visited on a super hot day and lack of shade in lots of areas.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

Loved spending a couple of hours here! Small groups and knowledgeable guide who made sure all our questions were answered. Definitely learnt a lot about the animals and really felt that the animals were well taken care of!

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

An interesting gentle walk an a pathway between separate enclosures. Our guide gave lots of very interesting information on the work of the sanctuary and the species. However, the actual viewing of the animals was disappointing. Most of them were lying down in the shade and grass (not that I blame them) well away from us so were difficult to... More 

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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Dear WippyAnn Thank you kindly for this constructive criticism I would like to you to be aware of the fact that we have taken this to heart and it has been made a priority. Since your visit this has been 100% improved and we thank you for bringing this to our attention! Kindest Regards Vijver Social Media Manager More 

Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Small groups are taken round, so as not to disturb the animals, this means you have a good chance to chat with the guide. He was really informative, not just about the animals, but the hunting and trapping that goes on in Africa. Go for the 3.00 trip and you may be lucky lime us, to see the feeding.

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Thank SteveHeugh
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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

A guided 90 minute walk past large enclosures containing lots of different types of big cat. The guide was extremely good - providing interesting and educational information about each species, in a very accessible way.

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

A great experience where you could feel the respect we should have of these animals. All animals are saved from miserable conditions. Our mission is that guests leave our sanctuaries (Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani) with a greater understanding of the World's wildlife and the threats they are facing. One of our main goals is to educate the public... More 

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Informative and friendly guide who answered all our questions. Learned a lot about the animals in jukanki. Definiately one of the better animal centers I've visited in Plett. Would recommend a day tour here to those who like big cats.

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Well guided tour around with very friendly staff that tell you all about the animals, where they come from and what they eat. Will definitely visit again.

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