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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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Great sanctuary tour!

My family and I enjoyed this educational sanctuary tour & our guide, Elvis, was very knowledgeable. We learned all about the resident big cats, hyena and the most adorable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

My family and I enjoyed this educational sanctuary tour & our guide, Elvis, was very knowledgeable. We learned all about the resident big cats, hyena and the most adorable three-legged springbok. The majority of these animals have been rescued from trophy hunting breeders & cannot survive in the wild. Jukani cares for the welfare of these animals and it shows... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Jukani was just ok, nothing to rave about particularly if you have done a safari or Cango Wildlife Park where you can actually have encounters with cats. However, our guide, Melody, was great and waited on us to catch up with the rest of the group as we were running late coming back from Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. He... More 

Thank PMann74
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Very nice reception and tea garden. We hardly saw any animals. Guide was not very pro-active to find them.

Thank Nic L
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We highly recommend you to visit the Tenikwa Wildlife Awarness Centre at Plettenburg Bay if you travel Garden Rout. Both grown ups and our five year old boy enjoyed the eco kid tour among different African wild cat animals. Animal keeper Patrick was a lovely guide. In a very patient and pedagogical manner Patrick teached our five year old about... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This place was amazing and the staff were all very good and knowledgeable. You can tell the animals are well cared for and loved. We had our guide Elvis to ourselves and he was able to get the animals attention and he was so helpful. Please tip your guides it's well worth it.

Thank Aysen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We visited this venue with average expectations however we came away amazed. It is so much more than your regular sanctuary and this was due to very our guide being so enthusiastic, interesting and informative. The place is not a zoo and we came away feeling we had learnt so much

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We arrived in the middle of the afternoon and needed a bite to eat. Nobody told us that we had to make the last tour, and information was scarce. There were 2 or 3 "rangers??" about but none of them spoke to us. Eventually we were taken by another "employee" on our tour, but we were told we had to... More 

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Hermanus, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

All cats and animals here were either rescued from places were they were bred for canned hunting or from zoos in South Africa and overseas. It is comforting to see that these cats have at least now found a place of rest where they are treated well and with respect, albeit still not in nature where they all should be.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Had a very informative and inspiring tour around Jukani. Animals looked chilled out and happy, lovely to see when you hear they came from zoos / private ownership. The guides are great and can answer all questions. We were delighted to see a Honey Badger

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Good sanctuary which is a home for rescued and vulnerable animals. The site is well laid out and seems to offer large spaces for the animals. Easy for kids to visit as well. Just seems a shame how close it is to the highway.

Thank Azure_adventurer

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