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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

#2 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Tenikwa for a 2 night crazee cat sleepover. The experience was absolutely incredible. Walked with 2 cheetahs Chester and Zimbali. Spent the whole day and 2 evenings on site meeting all the different animals. Wonderful. Thank you to Bianca...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had loads of fun on the eco-kid adventure with our guide Ash. He was knowleagble and the kids enjoyed the entire tour. The animals are in immaculate condition and there cages beautiful. Well worth a vissit.

Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Christie, Thanks for providing feedback on our EcoKidz Family Challenge which we designed to cater for families with children between the ages of 7-12 years. We are glad you enjoyed Ash our guide. Regards Mandy

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After visiting the Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, we decided to visit Tenikwa Awareness Centre and we had an unforgettable experience there and would highly recommend it to everyone. Our guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and passion about his job and explained everything with details....More

MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your visit to Tenikwa. From the review, I think you did the The Wild Cat Experience, program which is 1 hour. The Cheetah Walk is a longer program, so perhaps you are referring to the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Tenikwa with a small group (thanks to Riaan and Ilios for suggesting it and taking us there) and the whole experience was amazing, cuminating in a walk through the woods with two cheetahs, awesome. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and great fun, happy...More

MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Lesley, Thanks so much for supporting Tenikwa and recognising the conservation work that we do. We are glad that your group took up the suggestion to visit Tenikwa and that you were able to do the special Cheetah Walk with our cheetahs, Chester and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing experience with the cheetah walk!!! Our guides were friendly, passionate and incredibly knowledgeable. Couldn't imagine anything better. Thank you Msizi!!!More

Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello and thank you for your review. Many visitors have commented on how much they enjoyed the cheetah walk and we agree that it is a very special opportunity to spend time in the company of an endangered species but also to know that you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Was great to see some of our wild life up close and we had a very knowledgeable guide who imparted a lot of useful information. To walk close up to two cheetahs was a great experience.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked the cheetah walk combo in advance and was very happy with our experience in Tenikwa. The guided tour itself was ok, it was interesting seeing all the wild cats up close, but didn't wow me. Our guide Joel was experienced but sometimes I felt...More

MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you for reviewing our Cheetah Walk Program. As you mention, the program is split in two, with a tour of our centre to see the various South African Wild Cats, learn about our conservation work, and then the second part is to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the morning Cheetah work and couldn't have asked for a better, more personal experience. All the guides were excellent, very friendly whilst ensuring that the animals were constantly respected. Had a great time on the walk and it was brilliant to see all...More

MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thanks for leaving feedback about our Cheetah Walk and your enjoyable visit to Tenikwa. We are glad that you had such a fantastic time and recognised some important aspects about the Cheetah Walk program. It is a great opportunity to spend some time...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a great place and it was amazing watching the way of wild animals being grown up there. they are given the the same environment to grow up as they grow up in forest. They take care of each and every species very nicely. we...More

MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Grace, thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback and leave us a review. Showing guests our animals and the natural environment which they depend on, is very important to us and for them to survive in the wild, and so...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and were amazed by the opportunity of walking into the enclosure of the cheetahs. This centre gives an educational tour of what it does in preserving many of the animal being poached by hunters. We visited the lions, the...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
11 August 2015
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Response from MandyFreeman_Tenikwa | 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