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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: N2, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 44 534 8409
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA)...

Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA)

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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 and raccoons. 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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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... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2017
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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.

Thank MLur
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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.

Thank Dean S
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Interesting to see tigers, Pumas, cheetahs and lions but a little too long guided tour, at least with kids.

Thank Julia T
Nature's Valley, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We were a little disappointed in the size of the area compared to the price of admission. There were also some questionable conservation practices that we noticed when talking to the staff there (lack of animal enrichment, etc.). Our tour guide, however, was a fantastic guy who really knew what he was talking about and how to keep the group... More 

1 Thank Aurora H
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great service they offer for the rescued animals, but not that valuable a viewing opportunity compared with the others in the package - the Monkeyland and Birds of Eden tours.

2 Thank Omahatraveling
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We visited today and despite lots of glowing feedback did not really know what to expect. The place, the people, the ethos was brilliant. Basil was our guide for the walk around the sanctuary and was both very knowledgeable and humorous. We got to see lots of 'big' and 'big small' cats and also learn a ton about them. It... More 

Thank Tomreder
Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit seeing the big cats of the wild. Lots of animals out and it was a great setup with good signage.

Thank RevJon
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We visited today after reading some good reviews. We have visited similar parks before in different countries but this Sanctuary was one of the better ones. The guide Bert was very informative and clearly has a great love and passion for his job. The tour took over 1.5hours but we got to see so many lions and tigers close up.... More 

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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Whilst visiting The area, I thought I would like to visit an animal sanctuary. I went for the early morning slot, which included the package where you walk with the Cheetah's. It was cool and not that far to walk. You do need to wear trousers and some sort of shoes(not sandals,as the Cheetah's might take a shine to your... More 

Thank Ian H
Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice sanctuary with highly competent guide! Spent 1,5h doing the roundwalk watching all wild cats. The lions started roaring in the group which was really an impressive experience. There are many platforms which facilitate the spotting of all the wild animals.

Thank Michael M

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