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“This is an absolute must-see visit!”

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 12 March 2015

Whilst perusing the "What to do in the Plettenberg area" we came across the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Being avid cat people, this seemed like a must-visit place, especially when we found that we could do something called a "Sunset Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Combo". Cheetah Walk? Tell me more. Well, it turns out that what you actually get is an hour or more spent in the company of an extremely knowledgeable ranger who actually took you into the large cages where the wild cats live, with one exception, the leopard. So you get the opportunity to be up close and personal with African cats, most of whom are on the "Species Endangered" lists, including a couple of awesome (sorry), 4 ½ month-old lion cubs, one of which will grow up to be a white lion, and his regular-coloured sister. And you end up going into this enormous cage with two cheetahs. Then, it's back to the main building to discuss how was that for you? But what about the Cheetah Walk.....OK, we've reached that point, the second part of the Combo. After a short safety film, it's a case of girding one's loins and following the rangers........back into the cage where the cheetahs we saw earlier live. At the ranger's call, they trot across to have their walking harnesses fitted, the door of the cage is opened and you are given a lead.....and off they go. It is emphasised that this is their walk, not yours, so you go wherever they want to go and they want to go off into the forest. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life as you would be able to tell if you could see any of the many photos that the Rangers took with our cameras. Our walk lasted about 1½ hours which I gather is about par for the course. Eventually you end up back at their cage and bid them a very fond farewell, aware that you won't be doing anything like this anytime soon. If you have any feeling for cats (small or big, domesticated or wild) then this is an absolute must-see visit!

Thank Waldegraveman
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Reviewed 12 March 2015

We had a great time here and our guide Wilfred was brilliant. Everyone is so enthusiastic about the work that they do and it is such a lovely centre to go and visit, a must if you are in the area.

Thank Emma E
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Reviewed 8 March 2015

Our ranger (Peter) proved to be very informed and enthusiastic. Incredible how close we came to the animals like the cheetahs. It was a trully inspiring experience and we enjoyed it very much. Ask for Peter as your guide.

Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 7 March 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. All the staff do a great job and really seem passionate about the animals they care for and the work they do. The lion cubs were beautiful. Msizi, our guide, was very informative and really helped make our visit fantastic!

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 4 March 2015

A well-organized place well-deserving a visit, learn about the different types of cats there are in Africa and elsewhere

Thank Orrlingo_O
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