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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
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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 7 April 2015

We planned to visit Birds of Eden, but stopped by Tenikwa first to see if we could book the sunset walk - no space, so we stayed for a tour of the facility. Our guide was Mthobisi and he was very informative. Only the two of us on the tour, and our arrival mid-afternoon meant we were there for feeding time. Loved seeing all of the cats (the lion cubs are adorable!) but especially the leopard. We stood directly underneath him in the little wire tunnel - amazing! We also loved seeing the cheetahs even if we didn't get to walk with them. Don't miss the maribou storks and the meerkats!

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Reviewed 5 April 2015

Walking with the cheetahs was the highlight of our trip in South Africa. Totally wonderful experience. Have confidence that the organization looks after their animals very well. A must do in South Africa.

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Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful place to get close up to some big cats and also help out with a worthwhile cause. Our guide Wilfred was excellent, his knowledge of all the cats and his care and understanding made the trip much more worthwhile than just looking. At the moment they have two lion cubs that you can access into their enclosure,but I don not think it will be too long before they will be too big for visitors. They have constructed a wooden walk way that will take you over the pen so viewing will still be possible. A really nice morning. Thank you.

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Reviewed 3 April 2015

This is a place every cat lover should go to once in their life. At the Tenikwa Centre, we opted to go for the Cheetah Walk early in the morning. There are are very few things and places in the world that can give you this kind of an experience. Everyone that visits SA should definitely book a slot for this.

From the time the Cheetahs came out with their trainers till the time I left Tenikwa I was in awe. They let you get so close to the Cheetah's, you can actually touch them. It is amazing. The trainers let you take as many pictures as you want.

I would go back to SA just to do the Cheetah Walk again. We visited Tenikwa in the first week of March 2014

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Reviewed 2 April 2015

The walking with cheetahs is just fabulous, to be so close and watch them observing and listening the whole time is excellent. The other cats and animals are fascinting as well. Whether you agree or not with a sanctuary this is the future to save these animals and they all seemed well looked after. It gives us a chance to be up close and support their good work.

Thank johnfrench1956
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