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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A definite must do when in Plettenberg Bay. Sizwe is a great guide. Very knowledgeable and experienced. Made my boys feel at ease and even got hubby to venture into the leopard enclosure with him. The important work being done here to raise awareness about...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ferozad2016
Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Ferozad Many thanks for your visit to Tenikwa and very kind review. We are glad that you and your family enjoyed the tour. Just to clarify that we do not allow visitors into the "leopard" enclosure, but into the Cheetah enclosure :) Also the...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great experience on the one hour tour. We had our guide Sizwe to ourselves. He was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. The center only allows visitors to see animals that cannot return to the wild. The cats are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Eric L
Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Eric Many thanks for your visit to Tenikwa and your great review We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again some time.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A key highlight of our visit on the Garden Route was Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness centre. A wonderful half day spending time with an array of wild cats including Cheetahs,Lions and Caracals. The key to bringing the whole experience alive was the very much informed and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI there Many thanks for your very kind words and great review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience with us.

Reviewed 1 week ago

You only see the cats that can't be released back into the wild, all those being treated to return to the wild cannot be seen by tourists and keepers are kept away as much as possible, for obvious reasons. The work they do is excellent...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Stellar Many thanks for your very kind words and great review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Tenikwa and hope to see you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice walk through the park with ash! He has explained everything so well :) It was a great experience to be so close to the cats.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ron B
Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Ron Many thanks for your kind response. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It took me some time to get round to doing this review but the fact that I remember it so clearly to write now is a testament to the day we spent there in September. This was mainly due to the guide Msizi who took...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Linda P
Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Linda Many thanks for your very kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience and will let Msizi know about your comment.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in Plettenberg and doing trips from our hotel. The Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness was a highlight. Dan, a very knowledgeable and dedicated guide led on on an 1 1/2 hour tour which didn't disappoint. The big cats have been in captivity and cannot...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michelle P
Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Michelle Many thanks for your kind words and great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Tenikwa and understand that that the money generated from our daily tours cover the work that is being done in our rehab facility.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just returned from an action packed 17 days in South Africa and were both fortunate and privileged to visit Tenikwa. We were given an extremely informative and exciting tour of the centre by Mthobisi, who was clearly very committed to the preservation of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gary T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The sanctuary is really pretty. There are however just a few different cats. The guide didn't even bother mentioning the Meerkats, interesting Marabou Storks or the lots of gorgeous Blue Cranes. Our hour long tour was definitely not an hour. I also found it very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Areas of potential improvement - Although the animals were rescued, it felt a bit like a zoo. It would be great to see how the animals are being helped to see that this place truly helps animals. (You only get to see it if you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Elzette L, General Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Mari Many thanks for your feed back. As the majority of our resident animals are predator species, our enclosures have to be constructed to certain specifications laid down by the department of environmental affairs and Cape Nature (this includes the materials used ie poles...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 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
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