Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
4.5
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Lourens-Esterhuyse
Cape Town, South Africa125 contributions
Feb 2022
This is a must visit, here the animals are kept in a good condition, in natural surrounding of beautiful green trees, plants. Our guide was excellent.
Written 6 March 2022
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MandyFromSA
Thank you for reviewing your visit to Tenikwa. We are glad that you enjoyed the program, the environment as well as our happy healthy animals
Written 23 March 2022
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Travel l
4 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Msizi gave us a great tour. He told us about the animals and their personalities. You can tell he has a passion for what he does.

We got to see all the animals on the tour.
Written 3 March 2022
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MandyFromSA
Thank you for your great review and for recognising the passion that Msizi (second generation staff member) has for the work we do and the animals
Written 5 March 2022
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Druza27
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa31 contributions
Feb 2022
Peter, our tour guide was excellent. He made the tour so pleasant the way he told the stories, explained things. He is very insightful and his passion made the tour the most enjoyable.
Written 5 February 2022
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MandyFromSA
Thank you for your review of the Wild Cat Experience Tour and for the feedback on Peter, one of our passionate guides, as he guided you through our centre to see and photograph the wild cats of South Africa
Written 5 March 2022
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Annette P
Cape Town Central, South Africa41 contributions
Jan 2022
My daughter in law and my 2 granddaughters aged 9 and 6 went for a guided walk . It was a wonderful experience packed with information and things we never knew
Our guide went the extra mile and gave us way beyond the time allocation
we saw most of the cats and the two girls loved their experience

well worth going and supporting the wild cats
Written 20 January 2022
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MandyFromSA
Thank you so much for such a nice review and we are glad that it was a great interactive learning experience for everyone. That age-group is so eco-aware and we love the opportunity with children instilling a love for wildlife and protecting our environment.
Written 21 January 2022
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Lourens-Esterhuyse
Cape Town, South Africa125 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Guides have a good knowledge, well kept centre, green and beautiful plants, and animals are well looked after
Written 16 January 2022
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MandyFromSA
Thank you for a lovely review of your recent visit to Tenikwa
Written 17 January 2022
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Tshepo
3 contributions
I guess urs better when you stay in. As day visitors we had limited view of animals. They were sleeping and hidden it just didn't make it worth our while. There was seemingly nothing that could be done to bring th closer. I was really looking forward to seeing the wild cats
Written 6 January 2022
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MandyFromSA
Thank you for your support and your review. It is a difficult balancing act for us, to allow the cats the freedom to choose where they want to be in their large enclosures, or how active they want to be Versus a barren environment so that guests can see them better. We hope that we have got the balance right, but on some days when the weather is very hot, or it is cold, the cats prefer to tuck away and snooze. If you had mentioned it at reception on your return from the tour, our guides would have been more than happy to spend more time with you after the tour to perhaps spot some more cats, as it is very important to us that you have the opportunity to experience the wild cats of South Africa and be inspired to learn more about their struggle to survive in the wild.
Written 8 January 2022
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roger g
8 contributions
Nov 2021
We just a great time. The only bad point: we just stayed one night. We will definitly stay longer next time. And a next time is for sure! We can highly recommend TENIKWA. Very friendly people, healthy animals and comfortable accomodation. Just great!
Written 8 December 2021
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MandyFromSA
Thank you for a great review and being such great guests. We enjoyed hosting you, and your interest and support in the work we do. We are looking forward to your return!
Written 8 January 2022
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John O
Bedford, UK19 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We stayed in the lion cabins, which are close enough to the lions that the roar of Makulu shook our room. These cabins are amazing value for money and you can be happy in the fact that you are helping the rehabilitation of both land and marine wildlife.

I cannot recommend the lion cabins enough. You can literally see the cats from your bed. This was the most amazing experience of my life and I cannot wait to go back for longer. We stayed for 3 days and it just was not enough.

I would like to thank Cam (Manager) who was amazing throughout out stay, as we're the rest of the stay. It's just a unique experience that I have never had anywhere else in the world.

TENIKWA is just a special place and it is made that way by the dedication of the owners (Mandy and Len) and the staff. Unfortunately, due to covid it needs more people to visit, so they can help even more animals/wildlife in need.

It has everything you need on site, you literally do not need to leave and I would happily live there ha

We did the cats in conservation day tour, which is a full day, but you are very involved, it is amazing value for money and is worth so much more than you pay. You help feed the animals, visit the hospital area and lunch is included.

We also did the forest walk with picnic, which was taken by Cam (Manager). Its a lovely relaxing walk through the forest with Cam explaining everything you could hope to know. He is extremely knowledgeable, really loves nature and enjoys his job clearly. I am not really interested in fauna and flora (Fynbos), but I really enjoyed learning about the forest, what it offers to the local wildlife and what place it has in our world.

Just an amazing, amazing time and I couldn't recommend it enough. TENIKWA needs your help and really does deserve it. Please visit and stay in the LION CABINS. You will not regret it.

I WILL be visiting again soon and would happily spend my whole holiday at TENIKWA.
Written 8 December 2021
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MandyFromSA
What an amazing review and acknowledgement of the work we do, and how passionate our staff are. We have worked hard to create the unique sleep-over experience when staying in our Lion Cabins and we are so glad that you enjoyed it. All our staff say "thank you", its a team effort that pays off. Looking forward to your return.
Written 8 January 2022
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David K
5 contributions
Aug 2021
This was a FANTASTIC experience. We were the only ones to come at our scheduled time, so we got a personal tour. The facilities, grounds, and enclosures for the animals are all very well maintained. The animals have tons of space, and all seem to be thriving and happy. We did the Wild Cat Experience, and got up close with lions (one of whom is an incredibly rare white lion!), cheetah, leopard, serval, caracols, meerkats, warthogs, owls, etc. Several times we were close enough to touch the animals, but they have a strict no touching policy for the benefit of the animals. The welfare and happiness of the animals definitely seemed to be the top priority, which is not always the case, so that was great to see. Our guide (who's name I am unfortunately blanking on) was very friendly, knowledgable, and informative. Overall, this is a great organization that needs support, and we could not have been happier with our time there. The road in is just a little rough, so if you have a small rental car, be careful.
Written 19 August 2021
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MandyFromSA
Thank you for your fantastic review. It is heartwarming to receive the support even in this difficult time that we are all experiencing, and for your recognition of what Tenikwa stands for. So sorry about the road, it is a little worn down (like all of us at the moment :) ), we are trying our best to keep in in repair but the weather is not playing ball at the moment. We are more than happy to escourt anyone through who is concerned. It's a temporary situation whilst the plots on either side of the access road are being built, which contributes to the unusual degrading of the condition of the road.
Written 28 August 2021
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Antoine A
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Volunteering 3 weeks here was awesome !
Beautiful, safe and happy animals. You feel the passion from the people working here.
Written 12 August 2021
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MandyFromSA
Dear Antoine, thank you so much for leaving a review. We loved having you spend time with us, and you really made a contribution and helped during this difficult time especially when our staff are on short time. Please come back to visit us when you are in South Africa again, and please stay in touch and follow the progress of the animals in rehabilitation that you contributed towards their return to the wild.
Written 28 August 2021
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