Catch up with some of the coolest cats on the block at the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, which is moving from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay next month. The cats from Jukani, along with species such as African wild dog, hyena, honey badger and zorilla will make their home in the beautiful Crags, just outside Plettenberg Bay.
Here at Amakaya Backpackers, we recommend a day trip into the Crags as one of the top destinations for animal encounters on the Garden Route. The arrival of the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is a feather in the cap of the Crags area, already famous as the home of Monkeyland, the world’s first multi-species primate sanctuary and Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight aviary in the world, in addition to the Crags Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre.
Jukani is set to be a major attraction, but one with a focus on conservation and education. The animals of Jukani are rescued predators and wildlife and visitors will get to view these beautiful creatures in as natural a habitat as possible. 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 sanctuary is expected to open towards the end of June 2013 and the animals will include large cats: Lion, Bengal & Siberian tiger, Leopard, Cheetah, Puma, Caracal & Serval together with the rarer White Lion and Tiger & Black Leopard.
We can’t wait to visit!
Photos courtesy of Jukani.