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“A wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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US$64,86*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$42,27*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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US$16,76*
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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 17 August 2015

We were offered the opportunity to visit Tenikwa at the last minute by our tour guide and when he told us we could walk with the cheetahs there was no question that we were going to do it(especially as it was our wedding anniversary).
We did the general tour first,being allowed to go into the pens and photograph the wild cats and the servals and two of the cheetahs and then we returned to reception for our safety talk before starting our walk with 2 of the cheetahs(Chaka and Thandi)who were waiting patiently with their harnesses and leads on.
As there we only 6 of us(a family of 4 and my husband and I)we had Chaka all to ourselves and he soon set off at a trot into the forest.Our guide was very good and when we told him we had walked with cheetahs before in Zambia he realised that we understood all about safety and that we would not do anything stupid and allowed us to walk on our own with this beautiful animal.
We spent over an hour in the forest and then took them back to their enclosure to feed them and take some more photographs.We then went back to reception to enjoy the drinks we had ordered before leaving and had a chat with the owner.
The experience was worth every penny especially as the money is used to fund the centre and is an anniversary we will never forget.

Thank tobee888
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Thank you for sharing your experience in writing this wonderful review.

We love reading positive feedback especially when I visitors understand and appreciate our efforts to protect Biodiversity and raise awareness on the difficulties some of our Cat's species face out in the wild.

We hope to see you again in future, Happy Anniversary from the Tenikwa team.

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 17 August 2015

We had had the pleasure of doing a few safaris before coming here, but the enclosures did not dampen the experience. The staff were proud as they should be of the education and assistance they're providing to visitors and the animals. We were able to pat cheetahs in a controlled environment and it was awesome. Other cats and wildlife we did not expect to see were also there for eg. African wild cats (which look like a domestic cat). Staff were very attentive to our group. When it started to rain within minutes we were provided with ponchos. Being able to photograph baby lions up close was a real treat also. This centre is very worth a visit.

Thank Nalpick
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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 with us.
We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your experience at Tenikwa. Our Cheetah Walk program is an experience that will stay with you for life as you get close to the worlds fastest land mammal. Interaction on this program is limited as the program is about the Cheetahs and their time out. Our animals are permanent residents and the most important part of our Team. So we make sure that they are well looked after and that their enclosure simulate their natural enviroment.

Thank you again

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 16 August 2015

I am the manager of Emitem B+B located in Plettenberg bay. The people was verry friendly and ouer tour guide did his job well. There was some people with us in the group from Germany and the tour guide let them feel very welcome.

Thank ChrisRupping8
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Hi Chris

Thank you for your positive feedback. Its great seeing locals popping in to experience Tenikwa
Thank you for your support and promoting our efforts.

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Steven Hendriks

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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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