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“Lovely day”

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
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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 3 August 2015 via mobile

I was in doubt which tour I should take. Finally, I choosed the Crazee Cat, which is a tour for the whole day. I am so glad that I did that. It was an once in a life time experience to learn about these beautiful creatures and to have a look in the hospital. The guides know a lot and they answered all my question. I can assure you that I had a lot. I would like to thank everyone at Tenikwa for this beautiful day and a special thanks to Mthobisi and Wendy who took care of me the whole day!

Thank Julevdb
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Hi Jule

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are thrilled to read that you had a great experience at Tenikwa. The Crazee Cat Day offers a sneak peak of what we do every day.. I will pass your positive comments to our guides and animal keepers.

Travel safe

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

This was a very special visit, made more so by our guides Peter, Mthobisi and Patrick. It was a special time to walk with Chester the cheetah and also to have a guided tour to meet the rest of the cats. The walk is for over 16s only.

1  Thank MarkLincolnUK
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Hi Mark

Thank you for the positive feedback.

Its great to read that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa.
Our Guides love their work and especially our animals. I will pass your positive comments to them.

Travel safe

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

We got SO much more from this visit than we originally expected! It is very well managed. My 7 year old aspiring zoologist was absolutely thrilled to meet REAL animal rescuers, and Mandy Freeman, the proprietor, spent considerable time with her. She will never forget the experience! The older kids loved visiting inside the cheetah pens, etc. Tenikwa rescues over 300 animals per year, and returns most of them to the wild after providing needed care. Their revenue is covered by visitors. The gift shop is also very nice with higher end items. We bought a nice bronze elephant statue for our coffee table; it is comforting to know that all profits from our purchases go towards running the nonprofit wildlife rescue operations. Such a special deserving place!

1  Thank SamAustin_Texas
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Hi Sam

Wow what a wonderful review, thank you for making time to share your experience with us.

We are thrilled to read that you and your children had a great time at Tenikwa. We love working with children as they are the future and to imprint conservation into them from a young age will allow them to make more of a difference in future.

We hope to see you again...

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 26 July 2015

The hour-long tour was informative and exciting. We saw a large variety of cats including two lion cubs one of which was an albino, very rare. All the animals looked very well cared for and calm. I dont usually like to see caged animals, but this center is a sanctuary for those animals who would not otherwise survive in the wild. The cheetahs were particularly impressive, two of whom can be taken for a walk on a leash if you pre-book the tour. The place is clean and the guide extremely knowledgeable. Well worth the visit, especially for kids.

1  Thank Cynthia B
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2015

Hi Cynthia

Thanks for reviewing us. We are happy to see that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa. Our Lions are now almost 8 months old the white lion that you refer to is the Male. His name is Mkulu, meaning - The Big One. A white lion is not an Albino it is actually caused by a recessive Rare Gene.. :)
Our Cheetah walk is part of the Cheetahs daily enrichment program. They absolutly love the time out as they explore there territory, mark trees, rub off on bushes etc. They Basically just allow us to tag along. The leashes are a safety precaution, you need to remember that you are walking with the fastest land mammal on the planet. You dont walk the Cheetahs,,, They walk you :)

Again thank you for your lovely review, we hope to see you again in future..

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 23 July 2015

our guides were just amazing, patient and very professional in their care and safety. Could not believe we could walk with these wild cats, always respecting that they are wild and them teaching you to respect that at all times, but also letting us get close to capture that amazing moment with my girls.

1  Thank dianne p
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2015

Hi Dianne

What a wonderful review, Thank You.
We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa. Being in the presence of a a Cheetah is an amazing experience even for someone like me that work with them everyday when we go out with them I am still in awe watching them move, smell stalk... The Cheetah walks allow us access into their world :) We talk along and let them do their thing, and I feel they respect us for that.

Thank you again..
Regards
Steven Hendriks

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