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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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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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Great new addition to the area....

I visited Jukani the other day on a guided tour. I really was amazed at the way it has been setup. The guide that took us (cant remember name) told us alot about the animals... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 November 2013

I visited Jukani the other day on a guided tour. I really was amazed at the way it has been setup. The guide that took us (cant remember name) told us alot about the animals. He seemed to have an almost personal relationship with alot of them. I learned things that I never knew and got a chance to see... More 

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

Dear Lisa B Thank you so much for the review. We appreciate each and every review. I am sorry you did not see the stinky pole cat but hopefully you will visit us again in the future and you will get to see him then. I would personally like to thank you for the mention of our Reptile Enclosure "snake... More 

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

So I went again and will go back to Jukani again.. If you pay attention to what the guide is saying you learn alot.their knowledge about the big cats is brilliant! Sometimes you see all of them and sometimes you dont.the areas the big cats live in is huge. Its not a zoo,its a sanctuary!the animals are well looked after.... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

You get the feeling that the people of Jukani really care about the animals. They are in large enclosures and the guides are passionate about the tour. I saw animals I had never seen before like a black leopard and tree climbing lion. Well worth a visit

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Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Jukani was very kind in sponsoring 24 disadvantaged kids, as part of a Love Knysna Projects initiative, to experience their big cat wonders. They have not stopped talking about it! There is a difference between seeing, for example, a cheetah on TV versus a 3D version stalking you along a fence in real life. I'm no fence fan but the... More 

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Thank wickedmike
Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 October 2013 via mobile

As a volunteer liaison, I took a group of volunteers to Jukani to see their predators. I was very impressed with the AMAZING accommodation for the animals. The various predator camps were large, spacious with lots of trees and great dwellings for the animals. Our guide was cheerful and very informative despite all our questions we bombarded her with. Definitely... More 

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Thank Sharon D
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We went to Jukani as part of the triple Birds of Eden / Jukani / Monkeyland pass and had a wonderful experience. our guide was very knowledgeable - and after seeing the cats up close you cannot help but have respect for the wonderful animals. Apparently some people take offense to the fact that these (rescued) Big cats are all... More 

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

Dear Marcus R Thank you ever so kindly for your review. We cannot agree with you more! Especially about the singage. At this stage regarding our signs the issue is that SA Law requires that only South African National Road Agency (SANRAL) approved brown and white tourism signs may be displayed, displaying private signs can impede the approval of the... More 

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Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic sanctuary. Well done on upgrades since mosselbaai. Great to see huge enclosures where the animals have the right to be seen or not. This is closest to natural habitat they will ever get. So much better than small zoo cages where animals walk up and down next to fence the whole day. Keep up the passion and... More 

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Thank Tommy W
Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

What a sight to see these majestic animals, like lion, tigers and puma from this close by is quite something! The enclosures are nice and big, so its not like you are in zoo - they have space to move and you can see they enjoy it. The lion was curious and close to the fence, while the puma preferred... More 

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

Dear SamSmithinCape Thank you for your review. I would like to thank you (and your mum) for the photo of your mother in her walker during her tour at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the reason why we wanted to make sure the pathways are as flat as we can get them. Please keep an eye out in the news... More 

Ceres, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Although I dislike zoo's and animals in cages, these are all rescued animals from all over the world. Without this institution the animals would have been far worse off or even dead. With this as background the sanctuary is doing a wonderful and necessary job. The enclosures are as large as practically possible and the animals well tended. Our guide... More 

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

Dear Pierre V It seems like you bought a TripTic! I thank you very kindly for your reviews but in this one I thank you explicitly for that beautiful photo of our Honeybadger!! I have to say that is by far one of my favourite photos in a long time! I hope we will have you visit us again soon!... More 

Centurion, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

I was extremely disappointed at the visit we had at Jukani, not only did we have all the animals in the distance but you could not get any photo's. Although the Animals must have been there somewhere, they were either hidden away, or too far in the distance to see.

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

Dear Andrew S Thank you for your review as we welcome all reviews. We wanted to ensure the animals have enough space therefor the enclosures are so large and this in turn does make it a bit hard to see our animals. It is for this reason, that we have "day tickets" and not just a "one tour ticket" so... More 

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