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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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

One cannot but feel so very privileged to actually take a cheetah for a walk! What an experience it was to interact with Zimbali and Chester, two of four cheetahs at Tenikwa. Joel, Patrick and Mzizi, our guides, were most competent and knowledgeable and the preservation of cheetahs was one of the many topics covered. Walking a cheetah on a leashed harness took a bit of getting used to! The best was sitting with Zimbali, scratching the scruff of her neck as her purring got louder and louder. It was so tempting to give her a hug! Note though - the rules must be adhered to at all times and if you can do that, then you are in for the experience of a lifetime.

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

Hi Denise

Wow thank you for your amazing feedback.
We are thrilled to read that you had a memorable experience with Chester and Zimbali in the company of Joel, Patrick and Msizi. .

The Cheetah walk is a magical experience. Our Cheetahs love going on their enrichment walks and they also enjoy your company. The most important rule of this Tour is to remember that the Cheetah Walk is for and about the Cheetah, this is their Time-out, they just allow us to tag along :)

Thank you again.

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 11 August 2015

A few days earlier we had been watching cheetah in the wild and here we were walking alongside one! Amazing experience. Our guides were fantastic - very professional and knowledgeable. My son spent all his pocket money on a beautiful bronze cheetah statue which has pride of place in his bedroom!

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

Hi Lynn

We trust that statue will bring your son lots of memories of his experience with the Worlds fastest land mammal.

Thank you for your wonderful review. We hope to see you again in future.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 11 August 2015

We loved this place so much we visited twice. First time we did the general tour which included some real up close experiences with the big cats including one of the cheetahs. It is a real pleasure to visit and see these beautiful creatures up close and personal! The staff were great, all seemed genuinely interested in animal welfare. It didn't feel like a rip off like some places you visit. It is an extremely informative visit and still worth going to even if you are going to a game park as you are extremely unlikely to get as close as this to big cats.
We came back early next day for the "dawn" cheetah walk, a truly special experience you are unlikely to experience in many other places, you walk with one of the guide and a cheetah on a long harness/lead, it's an extensive walk around the site not afive minute wander. At the end we went back to fed the cheetahs their breakfast. An awesome place to visit well worth a visit, in fact don't miss it!

Thank csb1960
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Thank you for your wonderful feedback.

Thank you for your positive comments on our staff and guides. Most of our guides have been with Tenikwa from the start. They love our cats as they have known them from when they were cubs.

We specialize in indigenous African Cats, Big and small. The lesser Cats play a huge roll in Eco systems and are mostly overlooked as most people are only interested in the Big Cats. At Tenikwa we offer close experiences as its import to us that Travelers experience these beautiful cats in a natural setting..

Thank you again for the great feedback.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

So much more than I expected. Very informative and excellent guide. We'll worth a visit even if you intend to visit game reserves during your stay in South Africa

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

Hi

Thank you for sharing your experience. We are thrilled to learn that you had fun on tour at Tenikwa.I will pass your positive comment to our guides as they love feedback from visitors.

Travel safe

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Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 8 August 2015

I booked the Sunrise Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Combo. Our guide was Joel and we were joined by Mthobisi for the cheetah walk. Joel took us around the centre and was extremely knowledge. He clearly loves his job and his enthusiasm is infectious. He is a real asset to the centre. We learnt a lot and got to see some of the great work that is being done to help sick animals in need. They are even using penguin prosthetics! The cheetah walk was amazing. The cheetah was beautiful and it was wonderful to be so close. Throughout Joel and Mthobisi were fantastic, they took lots of photographs for us and answered all of our questions. What was really reassuring was that throughout it was constantly made clear that the walk was about the cheetahs and not about us. I did some research about this experience before I booked as I did not want to do anything that was merely exploiting animals for profit. I discovered that cheetahs in captivity need to be walked. The places are limited and carried out at times of the day to suit the cheetahs and not the tourists!

Thank trfc82
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Hi

Wow thank you for your positive feedback.
Firstly thank you for the positive comments on Joel and Mthobisi. Our guides love what they do and have great respect and love for the Animals. Most of our Guides have been with Tenikwa from the Start and helped raise our Cats. I will pass them your positive comments.

You are correct in saying that the Cheetah Walk is about the Cheetah and not the Tourist...
Our Cheetahs walk daily as part of their enrichment, they love going out exploring their territory. They just allow us to tag along and share the experience with them..

Thank you again for this wonderful review.

Travel safe.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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