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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$20,30*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
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US$78,56*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$51,20*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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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: 07:30 - 16:30
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 2 days ago via mobile

Such a wonderful place. We went for the 1 hour cat visit and it was much better than we expected, and a great price too. Worth every penny. You can get really close to the cats. And they have a meerkat pen at the end....More

Thank yasmintom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best days of our holiday in South Africa. The animals looked happy and well kept. Msizi, our guide was both friendly and very informative and we would not hesitate to recommend this wildlife centre to anyone. Thank you Msizi and all the...More

Thank buddyshekirralph
CuratorZ257, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for the great review - we truly appreciate it as well as your valued support. Takings from the door enable us to continue doing the work we do and are so passionate about. We are glad to hear your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had and incredible wild cat tour with Msizi. Up close and personal with the cheetahs and servals. An incredible experience not to be missed!More

Thank RLH45
CuratorZ257, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your visit and taking the time to give us such a great review. Takings from the door enable us to continue doing the work we do and are so passionate about. The iconic indigenous cats of South Africa...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Centre with my mom. We both love cats and we were so happy to see them all especially the purring cheetah, white male lion, and the leopard. Sizwe our guide was knowledgeable and clearly has bonded with the cats. We only got...More

Thank Maharti T
CuratorZ257, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there Maharti, Thank you so much for the great review - we are so glad your time with us was memorable and you got to meet Zwelakhe. The animals that we use for our awareness program are not releasable, and it is our duty...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit with our guide Peter. We didn’t see the leopard, but we’re delighted with the birds and animals we did see. Very educational and our guide was both fun and knowledgeable. Definitely recommendedMore

Thank Marilyn E
CuratorZ257, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there Marilyn, Thank you so much for your valued support and for taking the time to give us such great feedback. Our facilities include a wildlife hospital, high-care stabilisation area, laboratory, marine rehab pools, raptor flight-fitness and other pre-release enclosures. We continue to invest...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We was assigned a guide who was very knowledgeable. We walked with a cheetah called Duma who was happy us following his lead around an area of fynbos . We felt very safe with our guide and it was very special to see Duma go...More

Thank Penny W
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Penny, Thank you so much for paying us a visit as well as taking the time to give us such a positive review - we always appreciate the feedback. Our cheetah walk program coincides with the naturally-active times of cheetahs in the wild....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to have just the two of us on our tour with Ash who gave us a very personal insight into all the cats that we saw. Walking inside the cheetah enclosure was very special with the unique opportunity to be up...More

Thank Gerald W
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Gerald, Thank you so much for your amazing and positive feedback as well as your visit to our centre. We are pleased to hear that the experience was enjoyable for the two if you. The animals that we use for our awareness program...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Tenikwa during my garden tour drive and had a fantastic experience. Our tour guide Mthobisi was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Got the opportunity to see 5-6 different wild cats. This is a must see attraction.More

Thank azzy2017
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such great feedback as well as visit our centre, we truly appreciate your support. Takings from the door enable us to continue doing what we are so passionate about. Our facilities include...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An outstanding experience on the 'Cheetah Walk/Combo'. We received a very warm welcome and complimentary tea/coffee on arrival. Our lead guide for the whole morning, Sizwa, was very polite, immensely funny and exceptionally knowledgeable. We were also joined by two more guides for the Cheetah...More

Thank Tom W
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Tom, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit is as well as give us such a great review. Your feedback and support is appreciated. Our cheetah walk program coincides with the naturally-active times of cheetahs in the wild. The walk...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place and very unique experience! Had an incredible time with our tour guide Ash, who was friendly and knowledgeable about the park.More

Thank Kai F
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Kai, Thank you so much for your valued support and for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. Today, Tenikwa has grown to be one of the largest active wildlife rehabilitation centres in the Western Cape. We are registered...More

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kimbama
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
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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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