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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Sunset - Cheetah Walk and Wildcat Combo
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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 20 February 2015

We opted to do the Crazy Cat Day (full day) and we were absolutely delighted with the experience. We started the day off taking Duma, - one of the cheetahs - for his morning walk. This was followed by a freshly prepared hot breakfast. Thereafter, we were able to interact with a large range of animals, including: six week old lion cubs; servals; caracals; penguins; an egret; a water mongoose; a honey badger; a leopard; tortoises; marabous; a springbok; blue cranes as well as a few domestic dogs and cats!
At lunchtime, we were served bobotie (a traditional South African dish), which was delicious.
I would recommend the full day experience because you learn a lot more about the animals and also get to feed some (I fed a springbok, an egret and a penguin). Our main guides were Msizi and Wendy - they were a credit to the Centre with their extensive knowledge of the various animals and their passion for their work was evident, which was true of all the guides we interacted with during the day.

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Reviewed 20 February 2015

Fantastic visit. Old Africa hands but you cannot beat being close to a couple of 8 week old lion cub twins who are playing like any youngsters and then to top it by walking close to the Cheetahs. Joel was an excellent guide, full of knowledge and very safety conscious. You must visit. A great project.

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

My wife loves cheetahs,so for her to be able to walk with one on a lead was really great,only downside I dont like it when guides revert to another language when talking to each other I always get the impression they are saying sarcastic thanks about us

Thank ianHenham
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Reviewed 18 February 2015

Get very close to the animals (right inside the enclosures with all of the animals except the Leopard) and guide very informative, you can walk with the Cheetahs if you want to but we didn't.

Thank Sandra F
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Reviewed 18 February 2015

We loved the philosophy behind the Awareness Centre and were so impressed by the care and attention given to the different wild cats at the centre. For a variety of reasons the cats could not be returned to the wild but were not kept as exhibits. Their needs were paramount. The opportunity to go out with the keepers and to walk with the Cheethas was an added bonus.

Thank Nigel A
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