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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Closed Now: 07:30 - 17:00
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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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Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed yesterday

Spent the morning visiting the cats on a 2 hour private tour. Staff are warm and eager to share their knowledge. The animals seemed happy and well cared for. The grounds are wonderful. Pleased with the tour...not zoo-like at all.

Thank IAdivers
Reviewed 3 days ago

Tenikwa is a must see if you find yourself close by. It is beautifully maintained an very well run rehabilitation centre. I opted for tour and cheetah walk and was impressed by the tour and deeply touched by the cheetah walk. Guides Mthobishi and Mfundo...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This sees a well run place, certainly the cats we saw all looked healthy and fit. Yes they are in compounds, whereas like everyone else we prefer them in the wild, but they are reasonably sized compounds and the money for the rescue and research...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I am not so sure how to feel about this place - they do help lots of animals , they rescue , help and then let them free again - but the wild cats that we visit they live there and will live there till...More

Thank Vanessa t
Reviewed 6 days ago

We did the Wild Cat Experience with the very knowledgeable Msizi and were lucky enough to be the only two people on the tour. The cats were beautiful and it was fantastic to learn so much about the animals on site at Tenikwa. Slightly nerve...More

Thank Stacey D
Reviewed 6 days ago

We did the ecokid tour with our two little ones. The guide was Msizi and he did a great job of pitching it at the right level for them. They loved the cats but also the penguins and birds. The proof of how good it...More

Thank Skytourist
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you're in the Plettenberg area: Go here! We booked the "Walk with a Cheetah" tour pretty spontaneously and we were extremely glad we did so. You learn a lot about the animals - they are treated very well here and you can feel that...More

Thank Sophia G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an hour tour of the center with a very personable and knowledgeable guide, Mthobisi. It was great to see the leopard and the cheetah up close. The center was very well laid out and the animals were all well cared for.

Thank Passenger823802
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very well guided and informational review of 5 or 6 varieties of African cats. These are all wild animals that have never been in the wild. Fantastic to see them up close and it is a marvelous rehab effort - hopefully they are content...More

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 1 week ago

As big lovers of cats we just wanted to see what Tenikwa is. When we were told at the entrance that you can go for a walk with a Cheetah, we decided immediately to go for the big tour in the evening. Our guides Malibongwe...More

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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