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“The most awesome day ever!!”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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US$65,02*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$42,37*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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US$16,80*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 14 February 2015 via mobile

This has to be one of the most amazing places to visit EVER! The Crazee Cat day is a once in lifetime opportunity to discover exactly what goes on in a conservation centre combined with the excitement of talking the Cheetahs out for a walk and having the chance to actually sit and groom them. Both Len and Mandy (the owners) always do what is right by the animals - whether it's rehab'ing them so the animals can go back into the wild or caring for them when it would be dangerous to put them back............Both Len & Mandy combined with all the guides and carers, especially Peter, Uncle Jacob, Tawanda, 'Gogo Wendy' and Cheryl the vet make this one of the best experiences you'll ever have!! Five stars doesn't even come close to how great this place is! X

Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed 13 February 2015

We did the 7.30 am walk with Duma and 3 rangers, Peter, Willie and Joe. What a wonderful experience, to be so close to such a beautiful animal, to touch him and to learn about the animal from the informative rangers. I never stopped smiling the whole time! We were lucky enough to be shown around the rehabilitation facility afterwards by the owner and it is obvious that they do a fantastic job caring for animals there.

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Reviewed 12 February 2015

Amazing to see the animals in rehab & being looked after so well - amazing to get so close to such amazing animals

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Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2015

Thank you for your review of Tenikwa and for the lovely photographs that you have uploaded to TripAdvisor. That one of ZweLakhe on top of the walkway is stunning - what a brilliant photograph that shows how magnificent he is! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your support. Regards Mandy

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Reviewed 11 February 2015

We had an all day private tour with Mthobisl as our tour guide who was excellent. He was very patient with us as we asked questions and took photos. He was very pleasant to be around. The Centre itself was amazing and I recommend it to anyone visiting the area especially if you love animals.

Thank Emma R
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Reviewed 11 February 2015

We'd been to Tenikwa a few years ago, and had an amazing cheetah walk with Thandi the cheetah and we also included the cat combo so we could see all the other amazing animals at the centre.
We decided to visit again this year to partake in just the cheetah walk. We walked with our guide Wilfred, and Duma the cheetah. It was just as amazing as last time, and our guide was passionate about the animals and extremely knowledgeable. You feel comfortable the whole time.
The centre is a rescue centre as well as an attraction, and everything is for the benefit of the animals there who are acting as ambassadors for conservation and the future of Africas wild animals.

Do this trip and you'll remember it for a lifetime.

Thank Lucy_GaHa
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