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“Amazing experience with the big cats of South Africa.”

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
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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 26 August 2015

The staff at Tenikwa are fantastic and care greatly for each and every animal they look after. We were lucky enough to walk with the cheetahs which was a once in a lifetime experience and something I would recommend to anyone! We then had a tour around the sanctuary and were able to go in some of the cats enclosures which was fantastic. A truly amazing experience, thanks Tenikwa!

Thank love2dance_1990
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Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

We'd just like to thank Tandi and Shaka the cheetahs who took us on a sunset walk around the area! Amazing and I would recommend this experience to anyone!

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

Actually this place really divide me.We have been in a Safari just two days before and we were able to see free animals.
Here the animals are not free and although it is supposed to be a rehabilitation centre it did not convince me completely. We were be able to see many cats and walk with cheetahs. It was a strange experience and I would not do it again. One of the cheetah we had to walk was diabetes and if he was free he would be long dead. Still, how about the others? Closed in cages? weren't they supposed to be back into the wild?
What really put doubts in my mind were the fact that there were two young lions that were in a cage and they told us they were there as "ambassadors" for conservation. What does it mean? they will spend a life in a cage as "ambassadors"? I left with divided and strange feelings. If you don't ask yourself all these questions, then it is a good place to see cats and walking with cheetahs.

1  Thank Jessica N
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Reviewed 24 August 2015

On family holiday down the garden route our guide suggested we visit here to see the big cats up close and personal. It was a brilliant suggestion the staff that showed us round were very well informed and capable of answering any questions. they also clearly enjoyed there job and the work they do with the animal.
I thoroughly suggest you visit here you wont regret it!

Thank matthewcarter97
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

We stopped by as a break and to see what was around, and we're glad we did. Although small (for my liking at least...), the park is well maintained and you totally get the feeling the staff there care about the conservation work they are doing. We learned a lot and I totally recommend it.

1  Thank Diogo F
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