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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Closed Now: 07:30 - 16:30
Open today: 07:30 - 16:30
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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...more
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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 today

The work that the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness & Rehabilitation Centre does it very important; and they do a great job of sharing this work and their facility with the public. Our tour guide was Msizi and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed seeing...More

Thank Kathryn S
Reviewed yesterday

We visited Tenikwa wildlife awareness centre on our way from Knysna. The owners are doing a great job in rescuing animals and taking care of them until they might be healthy enough to go back to their natural habitat. Although the centre feels a little...More

Thank Ingedd
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Tenikwa for the one-hour tour - a guide shows you all of the big cat enclosures and brings you into the serval, African wild cat and cheetah enclosures. It's a great way to learn about these animals up close and it's not intended...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of six, all of us are animal lovers. From the start of the visit we could see how well Tenikwa is run. We were provided with a drink and then watched an informative video before being shown the wild cats. We...More

Thank akay07
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very wonderful place to visit. Our guide Msizi had a real passion and care for the animals, and what I liked most was that it was not a zoo parade. He would call for the animals gently, but if they did not...More

Thank 269lewisg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful visit here. Staff all so friendly. Our guide, Msizi, was knowledgable and made sure everyone enjoyed the tour. Kept stressing all the good work they do in rehabilitation, and that by visiting the centre, we are helping. The cafe was full of lovely, local...More

Thank Malawipaulene
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So we were taken around the whole establishment by a guy called Msizi. He is passionate and very knowledgeable. I’m not particularly an animal lover but by the time I left Tenikwa I wanted to pay to assist all those animals thanks to Msizi. It’s...More

Thank yolisanjamela2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the cat combo and it included the cat experience - lions, leopard, cheetah, meerkats, blue cranes etc Cheetah walk was absolutely amazing We had a walk with cheetah male called Dhuma ( i think) Ash and Mali were looking after us and they...More

Thank Agnetė G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

10 years ago, my husband (then boyfriend) and I did a cheetah walk with Tenikwa. This was a time before we realised that hands-on interactions with wildlife was not in the best interest of the animals themselves. We had a life-changing experience with the cheetahs...More

Thank Mandy-Lee_Miller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the cheetah combo where you first accompany a cheetah on its morning walk and later on visit the other wild cats at the centre. Everything was simply phenomenal. Our guides, Mfundo and Las, were very knowledgeable and happily answered all of our questions...More

Thank Natascha S
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3 February 2018|
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Response from swigle | Reviewed this property |
I did not book ahead. Arrived around 9:45am. There was only one other visitor at the centre. So although we only paid the standard admission price we got a "private" tour from one of the guides. So, my advice is to get... More
Sophie A
5 January 2017|
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Response from kiwigirli | Reviewed this property |
HI Sophie... there is loads of parking and defo try and see the animals either early morning or late pm when they are ready for their dinner. The cheetah walking is fab, we spent a whole day at Tenikwa and loved it so much... More