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“Absolutely worth the visit”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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US$66,91*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$43,61*
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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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 29 March 2015

They don't have a lot of animals, but they have great variety of wild cats. you are able to get close to several of them, and get good information.

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Reviewed 29 March 2015

Having Joel as a guide was really great,his knowledge and insight about the animals is brilliant.I had a lot of "wow" moments as he shared information about things I never knew or expected about the cats.Mostly,my tour raised an awareness in me that these beautiful creatures need our protection.The Lion cubs "Mkhulu" and "Khuluma" are so adorable,pity we can't touch them though.The leopard and cheetahs are indescribably beautiful. Loved the meerkats too.Awesome reception staff.Overall a recommended experience :) Thank you Tenikwa!

Thank Kholofelo M
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

If you are fascinated by "wild cats" including Cheetah, young Lions, a leopard and other members - then this is the place to be.
Also very friendly owners and staff and a great overall expericee :-)

3  Thank 320williamtrip
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

the overall tour of the center was very rewardin in terms of learning a good deal about the wild life

Thank George C
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Having read about the Tenikwa Wildlife Centre in the Lonely Planet Guide to South Africa, we had to visit, and were not disappointed; this is a MUST DO attraction. We booked onto a 2-hour photographic tour, with friendly and knowledgable guide Msizi, and had plenty of opportunity, 1:1, to view the big, and not so big, cats up close and personal, and to get some memorable photos to remember the trip with. A really good facility doing valuable work with rescued wildlife.

Thank Chatherine W
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