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“See the big cats up Close”

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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$17.24*
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary Admission with Guided Tour
Ranked #6 of 15 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) #PlettPredators #CragsCarnivores #HandsOffOurWildlife #SaasaVisit 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 15, 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 in enclosures - but these enclosures all seem to be at around at least an acre - and they seem very well taken care of.
A quick tip - if you go toward the end of the day - the cats are out prowling long the fence to be fed so you are more likely to see them best!
A piece of criticism was that there is very small signage, apparently they are waiting for their council tourist sign but I think, they should have a larger private sign - for those searching for it it's on the adjacent property to Puzzle world / land

Thank Marcus R
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

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 official signs - yes it is archaic but it is the law of the Land. Our official signs have already been approved and we are waiting for them to be manufactured and erected by SANRAL. Keeping our fingers crossed that this will happen SOON!

Thank you for mentioning our proximity to the Plett Puzzle Park. We always try to inform people that we share the same entrance from the N2 and same parking as them. Thus it is easier to look for their signs. Plett Puzzle Park and Jukani is 10 kms East (PE side) of Plettenberg Bay on the N2.

Thank you again for the nice review and we look forward to you visiting again!
Kindest Regards
Vijver
Social Media Manager of SAASA

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Reviewed October 10, 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 good work and playing your part in protecting our big cats.

Thank Tommy W
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Reviewed October 8, 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 to look at us from a distance. The tiger was aggravated and therefore most impressive... It's indeed sad that these type of sanctuaries are necessary, but hopefully by visiting and supporting this worthy case, one day they may be seen in the wild again...

Our guide was most informative, and another good thing is that the paths are wide and (fairly) flat, so my mom - who walks with a walker - could also join the tour without any problems.

Thank you once again for a great afternoon!

Thank SamSmithinCapeTown
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

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 and on our Facebook pages for "Senior Citizen Tours" that we will hopefully be implementing before long!
Vijver
Social Media Manager for SAASA

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Reviewed October 3, 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 spoke about the animals as if they were all here children... passionate! Saw many animals although some we not visible, but their habitat is as natural as possible under the circumstances and they also need some time from prying eyes... Well done Jukani!!

Thank Pierre v
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2013

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!

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Vijver
Social Media Manager of all SAASA companies

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Reviewed October 2, 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.

2  Thank Andrew S
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2013

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 you can go on another tour. We have already erected some "Photography ramps" and more will go up in the coming weeks and months which does make it a lot easier to take amazing photos and see our animals.
I do hope that you will come and visit us again on your next visit to our area.
Vijver
Social media manager for all SAASA companies

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