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“Spectacular!!!!!!!”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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US$65,02*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$42,37*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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US$16,80*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 14 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 27 April 2015

I've never taken the time to review anything before, but this place is so great I had to. We did the whole "crazy cat day" and, for two inveterate travelers who have been many places and done many things, this was a peak experience for both of us. We also felt wonderful about the work Mandy and her group are doing, which isn't always the case with wildlife encounters. can't recommend this highly enough.

Thank Margaret C
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Reviewed 23 April 2015

We did the photographic tour with Joel, I would recommend it as you go into the enclosures with a guide and are able to take great photos of the cats. Joel was very knowledgeable about the cats and made the tour very enjoyable.

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Reviewed 21 April 2015

We had a nice relaxed hours tour around this rehabilitation centre. Mthobisi our guide was very informative and gave us time to take photos inside the enclosures.
Being so close to two six year old cheetahs was amazing. This is a really nice place to spend a couple of hours. In March it wasn't busy at all.

Thank triple7
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

It was an excellent walk with the cheetahs. They are beautiful creatures. They cheetah's are really the ones in control of where they want to walk, so you have to follow and try to keep up with them! The guides are very knowledgable and were very friendly and conversational throughout. We got some amazing photos with the cheetahs.

We then went round the cages of the other types of big cat in Africa - this was a bit more boring than the cheetah walk but still informative.

Thank Wikumj
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Reviewed 18 April 2015

Wow, what an experience to get up close and personal with cheetahs. We did the sunrise cheetah walk and the wildcat combo and we can highly recommend this. It is worth every penny. To be able to walk, touch and just marvel at these beautiful cheetahs was just awe inspiring. We visited the other wildcats in their enclosures, including the 3,5 month lion cubs. Our guides, Jacoub, Sizwe and Mtho were excellent and informative about the animals. it is truly a wonderful place and a must visit on evenness itinerary!

Thank SuzanneMeier
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