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“Fantastic Wildcat experience”

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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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 13 May 2015

We visited the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre on recommendation from our friends. I don't really like going to zoo's or places where animals are kept cages, but this place is different. Here animals have large enclosures where they are able to roam about. All animals were born in captivity which makes it impossible to be released into the wild. This place takes great care of them and does an exceptional job educating people about wild cats (and a few other animals like penguins and birds). Our guide, Msizi was fantastic. He had great respect for the animals and always put them first (not allowing exploitation with photographs). He answered all our questions and took great care of us.
We will certainly recommend it.

Thank Ryno v
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Reviewed 10 May 2015

This big cat sanctuary is worth a visit . It is well laid and and the setting is fab.
Knowledgeable guides and close up views of the big cats.
Hint - schedule your visit in the late afternoon as then you can see the feeding time.

Thank Seahorse-JOburg
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Reviewed 8 May 2015

We dropped into Tenikwa on our travels along the Garden Route and took advantage of a 1hr private tour. If we had been a little more organised we could have advanced booked a longer tour.
Our guide Mthobisi was excellent, very informative and a really nice, pleasant person to be with. Luckily we videoed each of the cats and now have a verbal record of Mthobisi telling us about their differences and likes and dislikes as a reminder.

1  Thank sunnygw
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

This is a wonderful place that takes in mostly wild cats that need either to be rehabbed and released or that need a forever home. We actually went into the areas with some of the cats. SO beautiful and the work they do is wonderful to raise awareness about the hazards to these creatures and to help prevent extinction of the species'. We got to get up close and personal with two lion cubs too. (NO TOUCHING THOUGH)!

1  Thank cfavr59
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Reviewed 4 May 2015

This is one of the most enjoyable things we have ever done. Forget what rumourspeople tell you. The cheetahs take you for a walk. They are the most beautiful and calm cats. He other cats are also very interesting. We loved it.

1  Thank warwicks
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