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Address: Tiger Canyons Farm, Philippolis | Karoo, South Africa
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+27 51 773 0063

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Do you want a guaranteed up close and personal sighting of tigers? You can go to Asia and hope to catch a glimpse or go to this magical sanctuary Varty has created. Your visit... read more

Reviewed February 15, 2017
Puget Sound, WA
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Puget Sound, WA
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Do you want a guaranteed up close and personal sighting of tigers? You can go to Asia and hope to catch a glimpse or go to this magical sanctuary Varty has created. Your visit will include a "ride along" with John Varty where we saw tigers playing in water, tigers mock fighting over a horse leg, a tiger sleeping under... More 

Thank faunadoc
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017

It was incredible to be up close and personal with the tigers, and Jon :) It was lovely sharing a meal with him and hearing stories from his life, and the fight to conserve the Big Cats.

Thank AshleaShle
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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94 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2017

I love tigers. Always have. Watch them on TV whenever I can, buuuut I never, ever thought I would have the privilege of seeing them up close, free, wild and magnificent. Thank you so much JV, for the incredible honour of spending an afternoon with you, 9 of your tigers and 7 leopards. Staring into a tiger's eyes is humbling,... More 

Thank Tracy J
Sandton, South Africa
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177 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2016

On the assumption that you are staying in Phillipolis, the experience involves a 30 minute bumpy sand road to Tiger Canyons. However, this is soon forgotten when you arrive at the reserve. Before you go out, you watch a short video on the history of Tiger Canyons. John Varty's passion is clear - the big cats. We then went out... More 

Thank LinSouthAfrica
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46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

There are very places on earth where you get to see these amazing creatures up close and personal and in the wild. JV adds to the experience with his stories and insights. Definitely one for the bucket list!

Thank Kevin L
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2016

We were visiting your unique place with our kids on 04/10/2012 We had many evenings since this very Moment looking at the uncountable number of photos we have taken of these beauties of nature at Tiger Canyons. We had doubts to visit tiger canyons when we were planning our trip to South Africa. spotting Tigers is not the Thing in... More 

Thank Baenzu
Durban, South Africa
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2015

Wow! If you've never seen a tiger up close & personal NOT in a zoo, you have to visit this place. John Varty (JV) is the most extraordinary & passionate conservationist from a long family line. We were honoured to be taken out in his caged jeep by the man himself & whilst I feared we were going to roll... More 

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78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2015

What a great experience to see these majestic cats doing so well. Some really extraordinary moments spent with the very passionate JV, Tibo, the female white tiger and her cubs, and then to have Mahindra a very large male tiger arrive on the scene and demonstrate his voice as well! Then we got to have a wonderful interaction with 2... More 

Thank Traveller55KT
Wester Cape
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75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2015

Awesome experience, up close with Tigers and Cheetahs. Overall, they are doing an amazing job and need loads of support. Can highly recommend.

Thank D_Dubb015
Durban, South Africa
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

From the moment you drive through the gates there is a feeling of being somewhere special. You then meet Tidi Sizie and Ricky who just keep smiling. A feeling they may know something you don't. JV arrives and you get into the truck and now you know magic is about to happen. Within 10 minutes we were face to face... More 

Thank Suzanne L

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