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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

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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After rating the other cat sanctuary in the area a 5 , which it really deserved, I'm stuck in rating Jukani because I cant rate this an 8. What an experience. Very well organized... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2017
Storms River, South Africa
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Gordola, Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We saw this structure and due to the fact we have time we decide to go and visit it. Our idea was to have some interaction with animals not directly but at least to see them and have good explanation. the man that was in charge for the tour looks like he has no willingness to explain to us (group... More 

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Storms River, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

After rating the other cat sanctuary in the area a 5 , which it really deserved, I'm stuck in rating Jukani because I cant rate this an 8. What an experience. Very well organized and run. The enclosures is nice and spacious for the animals. The variety of animals is also pleasing. What made this visit very good is the... More 

Thank wnnryfourie
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

This place is beautiful! Firstly its kept very clean and is very reasonably priced. All staff were friendly and the Guides were very friendly and informative on the species living at the Sanctuary. They have some beautiful creatures all in very spacious safe enclosures. The Sanctuary does a very good job of keeping these animals as wild as possible even... More 

Thank Keith P
Mansfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

We saw all the big cats, up close and personal, with a knowledgeable guide. I have never seen a tiger that close. And the reason this place exists is to rescue abused animals. Each one had a story, a reason they were not living where they were found. I would rather view these animals in the wild, but that required... More 

Thank anic89
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We got the double ticket for Jukani and Monkeyland and really wish we hadn't. The tour at Jukani is supposed to be an hour and a half walk through the park; don't know cause we walked away from our guide Bert and escaped. The tour involved walking to each enclosure and then stopping, most of the time where we couldn't... More 

Thank IvanRow44
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We were very pleasantly surprised and were expecting smaller enclosures. Our guide Bert was extremely informative and I can truly say I have never learnt as much about big cats despite numerous game drives in lots of different game reserves.

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George, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The family loved this visit. The animals are kept in large camps. All were born in captivity and came to the sanctuary as animals in need of a better home away from zoos, circuses and misguided humans who felt that keeping a cute and cuddly wild animal was acceptable. The guides are well informed and full of useful facts about... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

As our guide reminded us a few times, large cats live to kill, eat and sleep. Don't therefore expect to see these large cats running around in their enclosures. Our guide, Bert, was an expert on cats with encyclopedic knowledge of these animals. We were lucky to see a very large tiger walking around at the sides of its enclosure.... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

We stopped to visit the sanctuary as I saw the video footage of Anna Breytenbach's interaction with the black Panther, Spirit. We had a very informative guide and the animals are very well cared for. It definitely is a worthwhile visit, though I do recommend that try go at about 3.30pm as it is cooler and being an hour before... More 

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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Great informative guide took us around. Lions, tigers, panthers, hyenas, leopards, cheetah and lots of other good stuff. Animals seem happy with room to roam. Not a fan of zoo's so this is a nice way to see animals who were rescued live in a natural environment and are treated well.

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