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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in The Crags
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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 16 February 2015

We booked the photo combo which included the cheetah walk as well as the opportunity to go with a guide into the animal enclosures to photograph them. The whole experience was amazing. The wonderful couple who run the centre are modern day Adamsons ( of Born Free fame ). They run the awareness centre to fund their refuge and rehabilitation scheme and it is not touristy at all. The animals that the public see cannot be released into the wild because either previously they have been kept as pets or they have been born in captivity. Taking the cheetahs for a walk was the most amazing and unique experience and one that will stay with us forever.

Thank ManchesterWalkies
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Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

We did the crazee cat day and it all started off with a super delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we went on a short tour to get to know the different areas of the centre and the different animals - they have cute penguins and other animals as well! We even went on a lovely short penguin walk with Carol and another guide. After the walking around, we met up with Joel (a really funny guide) who showed us all the different cats they have at the centre, highlight was playing with the servals (with a self made toy with feathers on a stick). They have at the moment 2 lion cubs, they are absolutely adorable and i could have spent the whole day just watching them. But of course meeting up with the cheetahs was another highlight and definately a "will never forget moment". We got served lunch, dessert and cake for tea time, everything was very delicious. Its a great place to spend some hours or the whole day, the whole staff there really cares for the animals and are really close to them. We had an amazing day with Joel and his passion for the cats and working for a brighter future for them is exemplary.

Thank _MissNata
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Reviewed 15 February 2015

We went here for the cheetah walk and what a great experience it is. You learn pretty quickly that there are rules about being with the cheetahs and for very good reason - they are powerful animals and need to be treated with respect. We went for a walk with a male and female - the female was very relaxed and the male was a bit more lively. You walk them on two leads which is great. If they decide to take off you just let go - you wouldn't want to be holding on when they take off. When they sat its easy to stroke them and they feel lovely - lovely fur. And such loud purring. Seeing them being fed makes you realise how much respect you need to give them. We went around the rest of the site visiting the other cats and animals which was great. Staff are great - very knowledgable and clearly care about the animals. Worth a visit

Thank AndrewJ25
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Reviewed 14 February 2015

Tenikwa was a unique experience and one we will remember forever. The refuge and rehabilitation centre was a tremendous place to visit and it was cheap at the price. The animals were clearly well looked after, even loved by the excellent staff. Thus, a visitor was able to see them as near to nature as possible, but up close and personal. My wife and I signed up and paid to walk with a cheetah on its morning walk and it was one of the most wonderful experiences we have ever had. We were privileged to accompany Duma on his walk, trying not to get in the way while he enjoyed patrolling his territory and being expertly guided and advised by his handlers, so that we were not an imposition or an encumbrance. He walked through the forest scent-marking his area, taking his drink at the lake and looking out for other animals in the trees. He was then fed and we were with him in his pen as he did so. Afterwards, we had access to the other animals and birds and we enjoyed a very nice light breakfast. Tanikwa does an excellent job, it provides a great day out for visitors and it thoroughly deserves to be supported.

Thank J2133QMpaulr
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Reviewed 14 February 2015

Couldn't believe we were in an enclosure with these magnificent animals just feet away. There were also 7 week old lion cubs, gorgeous. Our guide, Peter, was extremely informative and answered all questions. Interesting learning how they are interacting with the farmers to try and prevent more of the cats being killed. Well worth a visit.

Thank linda b
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2015

Thank you for your positive review, Yes it is really unique to get so close to the animals to appreciate their individual characters. We recently introduced Lions as a new species at Tenikwa. Whilst Kaluma and Mkulu are young cubs at the moment, they have a very serious role to play in raising awareness of the issues surrounding this species in South Africa and we look forward to introducing them into their large permanent enclosure which has been prepared for them...

Hope to see you again in future..

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