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“Lions and Tigers” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #7 of 12 things to do in The Crags
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Owner description: 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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“Lions and Tigers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Bert ... I liked Bert .. steady , knowledgable , cautious, funny and very informative. Well worth the hour walk.
Bit of a education into the killer elite and their individual specialised killing styles and abilities. hate seeing animals behind wire but actually only way to be 10ft from a Siberian tiger !!

Bad thing that people are destroying these amazing animals in the wild ...

Visited February 2014
Thank mbpolo
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Somerset West, South Africa
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

This animal sanctuary houses various cats and a few other animal types, that have been rescued from all over the world from people who have mistreated these creatures completely.

This is a great way to learn more about these big cats, and thankfully the cages are not tiny, so although we couldn't see all the animals, I was happy to see that the animals all look great and well fed.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Michelle-DPJ
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Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
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“Very Special Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to Jukani very much and it left me very much impressed.

As people mentioned this is not a place you go to pet tigers. But I did get to see up very close many types of cats, including Tigers, Lions, Leopards etc, much much closer than in the Safari, where I only saw Lions from the far distance.

I went to the16:00 tour, when it is less hot and the cats were active, maybe expecting their feeding. The drawback is they need to finish with the tour at 17:00 sharp so not to be late with the feeding.

I also enjoyed tremendously the guidance and great personality of our guide Bert, which was very knowledgable, funny and patient with all our questions.

I learned many different things on the various types of big cats, and was very impressed with the good work this sanctuary is doing, and was happy that through my visit I gave support to this good place.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Ido W
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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“Great half day trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

We visited as we had purchased ticket for 3 parks this one least favourite. Animals are still in cages. I realise this is a park still in its infancy and is trying to to save the big cats.

Visited February 2014
Thank Dawn M
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“Disappointing ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

After going to Birds of Eden and Monkeyland we came here... But what a let down. It's was really hot and big cats are super lazy and sleep in the shade. So didn't see too much. I would recommend coming in the late afternoon just before they close to see the feeding.

Thank MattAfrica
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