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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
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 1 April 2015

Had a great 3 hrs here today, seeing the cats and walking the cheetahs. Having walked with elephants and lions at other locations I have struggled with the staging and felt the animals were performing a little too much to fit in with timescales and spectical. So prior to visiting Tanikwa I was a little wary of pictures of cheetahs being walked on leads like dogs.
The good news is that here there is no set timings or routes or tricks to perform. The cheetahs walk where they want, have a sit or a lay down where they want and when they want. We went out with two cheetahs today, the male did a big circle and then doubled back on himself and the female didn't want to double back so lay down for twenty minutes. They are totally in charge and its a great thing to be part of it. The fact that you hold a lead is to comply with the law as you go off site. You do not pull on the lead or use it as you would on a dog. We had three staff with us at all times who were very informative and ensured the wellbeing of all.
This is all about the cats as it should be. Great day

Thank OlandBoy
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Reviewed 1 April 2015

A highly recommended experience, very enjoyable and special. The staff - JACOB / PETER are very professional and courteo

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Reviewed 30 March 2015

Very relax place to take the whole family, my family did realy enjoy the trip and the guide was good , its a place to go and see the wild

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Reviewed 30 March 2015

Our tour guide offered a visit to Tenikwa as an optional visit and we jumped at the chance based on the opportunity to walk with both elephants and cheetahs. Both experiences were mind blowing. What amazing animals. If you get the chance, TAKE IT!!!!

Thank Susan J
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Reviewed 30 March 2015

One of the highlights of our holiday. Make sure you pre book the sunset cheetah walk!!! Experience of a life time! The animals are so well cared for and the rangers are very knowledgeable. Really was amazing and we have photos to treasure.

Thank Emagg83
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