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“Up close with big cats”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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US$66,89*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$43,59*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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US$17,29*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 15 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 22 March 2015

We got up close to caracals and a 90kg leopard, and went into the cages of two 2-month-old lion cubs, African wild cats and servals. The highlight though was entering the cage of two cheetahs who we stood a couple of metres away from. The experience lasted around an hour which I felt was enough, although there are lots of other packages such as walking with the cheetahs and photography sessions.

Although you are completely aware that these are wild animals, the guides put you at ease and have a whole host of knowledge to share. Most of the animals have been in captivity all their lives or for much of it which means it can feel a bit zoo-like, but the fact that the facility supports a wildlife hospital and raises awareness about big cats makes it worth a visit.

Thank Jenny H
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

phot our for 2 hours with Jacob the guide. close up and personal with wild cats . no touching but actually in enclosure with 2 beautiful cheetahs

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

Last year we saw the cats close up and decided that the next time we would do the cheetah walk. It was definitely worth the wait. A wonderful experience, such a thrill and something I will never forget. The guides were amazing, so full of knowledge and such lovely people. They took some wonderful pictures of my husband and I with the cheetahs. If you are in this part of South Africa this is a must.

Thank Margaret J
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Reviewed 18 March 2015

Yesterday I did the cheetah walk combo and it was a great trip. The guides Jacob, Mthobisi and Senzo did a very good job. They explained us everything about the animals and their behaviour and they told the people to follow the rules with the aim of protecting the animals. To me it is important to have centres like this to explain people how to treat nature and wild animals. I learned a lot and changed my mind about some points. Thank you for this unforgettable 3 hours of the day.

Thank julia31052015
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Reviewed 18 March 2015

Although we were doing the usual trip around the premises and although it was fantastically explained and choregraphed by the Tourguide Wilfred, I do recommend a Full Day Package or the Cheetah Walk. It is truly fantastic to know a place such as this exists and is run and orchestrated by such passionate and good hearted bunch of people. And if you are wondering 'why high rates' remember what you pay for... they need every penny to do the good job they are doing at Tenikwa!

Thank Ilzhe
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