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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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US$65,62*
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Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the owners started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooded shed behind their house. Today Tenikwa has grown to be one of the largest active Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diverse variety of animals accepting both terrestrial and marine mammals and birds. Rehabilitating injured and abandoned Wildlife with the goal to release them back to the wild. Our centre rescue, rehabilitate and release between 250 - 450 wild animals annually. We work closely with nature/conservation authorities in our area, CapeNature, SANParks, BirdLife, and SANCCOB. Our Awareness Centre ensures that our Rehabilitation facilities are sustainable, funding the rehabilitation work and to raise awareness of the conservation issues in South Africa, Tenikwa offers various, programs throughout the day, catering for all ages and fitness levels with a focus on providing a conservation-based, informative tour. Guests learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa and why they are disappearing from our landscape.Species include African Wild Cats, Serval, Caracal, Cheetah, Leopard and Lions. The Tenikwa encounter is a great follow-on to a game reserve / safari experience; from viewing the cats at a distance to the opportunity to study these beautiful animals at close quarters. Tenikwa also has a Meerkat Meander where visitors can see Meerkats and Tortoises and there is also a variety of indigenous waterfowl, Blue Cranes and Marabou Storks to delight bird watchers. Tenikwa supports the upliftment of local communities through Eco tourism and is environmentally responsible. Entrance fees fund Tenikwa's NPO Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Programme. Open 365 days a year. Amenities include a Tea Garden for light meals, Parking, Wheel-chair Friendly, Mothers Corner
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
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+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed 4 days ago

we booked the "crazy cat day" two days before. we were lucky one`s to be alone with our guide Siswe Boniwe. We really learned a lot from him about the wonderful cats here in Tenikwa and outside in nature! and also many other things from...More

Thank sumayAustria
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your amazing review - we truly appreciate your support and that you took the time to give us feedback on your experience. Sizwe is a dynamic part of the team, his passion for the wildlife shines through in...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You are allowed to go inside the places of the smaller cats. This makes it a little special. On the other hand it's pretty much a Zoo with an interesting guided tour. They have not only cats but also birds, meerkats and other animals.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This place was the highlight of a recent visit to South Africa. I love cats anyway, but these were so special. Being in the enclosure with the cheetahs was fantastic - their purr was so loud!More

Thank Sue R
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi there, Wow - what an amazing review - thank you so much for your valued support and for taking the time to give us feedback. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season, we hope you visit us again soon...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Really amazing experience. We went for the 2 hour private photography tour. Being a professional photographer we really wanted to have a bit more time with each animal waiting to get some great photos. If you are interested in just looking at them the group...More

Thank Edd S
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your valued support and for taking the time to give us your feedback about your experience - we hope you captured some memorable moments with the cats, please feel free to share some images with us :) We would love...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I recently visited this wonderful place and booked the Photographic tour and cheetah walk. It's true that seeing animals in the wild has no comparison, but at Tenikwa, you have the humbling experience of getting so close to them. It's just beautiful....More

Thank CGriffiths
Reviewed 1 week ago

A highly enjoyable experience and a worthy cause. the guided tour was excellent with a very knowledgeable guide. Went into the different wild cat enclosures and able to take close up photos of them. The white lion was beautiful. Also saw cranes, storks and the...More

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MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi There, Thank you so much for your support and for taking the time to review us, it is truly appreciated. We are glad to hear your time with us was memorable. Tenikwa is a non-profit, conservation-orientated organisation that rehabilitates wild animals and raises awareness...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Start the day by walking with cheetahs, memorable!!!. The staff were delightful and enthusiastic. The cats were well looked after and we really saw them closely.More

Thank mfeakin
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wow - that is amazing, thank you so so so much for your support and for taking the time to give us feedback on your time with us. Tenikwa is a non-profit, conservation-orientated organisation that rehabilitates wild animals and raises awareness about the impact that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The wild cats center is beautiful place , we have been doing a private tour for 2 hours with the guide Mfundo who was great, full of humor, and knows perfectly everything about those incredible creatures. Thank you !More

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MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your valued support and for taking the time to give us such amazing feedback. Tenikwa is a non-profit, conservation-orientated organisation that rehabilitates wild animals and raises awareness about the impact that habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and unsustainable practices is having...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience in Tenikwa, the guide Ash was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the wild cats of South Africa. Tenikwa is a rehabilitation centre and a sanctuary for these beautiful animals ,who look so healthy,the staff I must say...More

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MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi there, A huge thank you from all of us at Tenikwa for your support and for taking the time to review us :) Your special time with us enables us to do what we are passionate about. All of our staff are dedicated to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a 2 hour tour around Tenikwa Wildlife Centre today. Guided by the very knowledgeable and great humored Msizi. His enthusiasm is unreal and has the ability to answer every question thrown at him. Msizi talked to the animals as we would talk to...More

Thank Averley Q
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi there, We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, we truly appreciate your support and positive feedback. Msizi is an asset to the team, his enthusiasm and humour is unique and special as well as his relationship with our staff and residents....More

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Sophie A
5 January 2017|
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Response from ShaunaEMR | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sophie There is plenty of parking, and, in terms of your package requirements, perhaps call Tenikwa as I found them to be very accommodating. The cheetah walks are either at 7.30 am or 3.30 pm ( around feeding time) so... More
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SurferKiwi
11 August 2015|
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Response from MandyFromSA | Property representative |
Hi Steve & Christine, Thanks for your email. We are looking forward to hosting you. Unfortunately, your son is too young for the cheetah walk. He needs to be 16 years for this. We can keep him busy though whilst you go on... More
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