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Nature & Wildlife Areas
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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  • mcroes386296
    Dordrecht, The Netherlands2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Knysna elephant park is a really nice place to visit. It is a great initiative and the employees are all equally nice. The elephants are so smart and know exactly how the whole visit procedure works. Very nice to be so close to these large animals.
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • APK
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent hike. If you feel that it is too difficult you didn't do the research. We did the full hike with 2 children, one 2 years and the other 11 months and it was a joy! Took 3.5 hours to complete.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • GekAfrika
    Merelbeke, Belgium5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is one of the most beautiful imposing and interesting caves I’ve ever visited. The guides are entertaining and informative.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Ladyloulaa2
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked the Lion Cabin & it was worth it. To hear the Lions Roar at 5am made the hair on our arms stand up !!
    The food was cooked for us by delightful staff. Nothing was too much trouble. To see all the animals and hear about their stories was one of the highlights of our visit.
    Keri looked after us on our tour & was so attentive during our two night stay.
    The gift shop and jewellery on offer was amazing & a few purchases were made.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • Marlene S
    116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great few hours can be spent exploring and enjoying the views of the Knysna heads. Several spots to have coffee/tea and a great lunch location near the ice cream shop too. And if you are looking to buy a hat, there are vendors in this area too. Impressive that there are parking attendants on site to ensure the safety of your parked vehicle too.
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • kaz h
    Lutterworth, UK30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited on a beautiful sunny Monday morning. The park was not busy and really good value for money. Navin was our guide, he lead a very interesting, informative and amusing tour that lasted over an hour. Lots to see, very clean and well set out, and all the staff were polite and welcoming. Really lovely visit.
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • ThoggyP
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most spectacular roads I’ve ever been on so pleased we did it, albeit I had to be talked into it by my husband as I’m usually scared of heights but it was fabulous
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Brian B
    Phoenix, AZ179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a spectacular bird paradise near Plettenberg Bay. I was expecting a typical aviary, but this is huge in a natural wooded area with many trees; shrubs and streams providing for over 400 species of birds that provide a cacophony of song. How they managed to put a huge high wide net over it is a mystery. They have been collected from people all over the world and most are not indigenous to South Africa. They have built a wooden walkway right through the park and you get to see many species on your walk. For me, the Flamingo Dam was a highlight. One bird was even tame enough to sit on a visitors shoulder. We got to see many birds up close and personal most of which I had never seen before. This is a must see when you are in Plett.
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • David
    Worcester, UK24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great place to visit where the tours are guided. Much useful information is learned from the expert guide, and there are many species of monkeys/apes to be easily seen in a natural environment. We bought a combined Bird/monkey ticket, which proved very worthwhile.
    Written 4 October 2023
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  • Simphiwe M
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views are amazing, even though we were not prepared for such a long hike 😅 we had a great time making our way to the bridge
    Written 28 January 2024
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  • slum tour
    Kenya4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    To know what's outside the world and to explore more experiences with one heart while understanding thag we are all family out side here
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Owen C
    192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really wasn't sure about this tour, but we arrived in Outshoorn about 2pm and had a couple of hours to kill. It was actually very informative and a bit of fun. Unfortunatley in Late Feb the last of the eggs have hacthed for the season, but we did get to hold a baby Ostrich and feed the customer friendly adults. Great way to spend an hour.
    Written 1 March 2024
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