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“Great experience!!”

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 29 August 2015

Great experience to visit this place, truly an awareness centre - not a zoo!
Animals are treated very well, some wounded animals have found a home here and are well taken care of. You can truly feel the respect the staff has for all the animals here!

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Reviewed 27 August 2015

This is really designed as an opportunity to take photos of the cats before moving quickly onto the next enclosure. The animals seem well cared for and the guide was informative. I think the work they do to rehabilitate animals is the better part of the orgnaisation but they need to be open to the public to raise funds for that work.

Thank Fi0naB
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Reviewed 26 August 2015

Our thanks go to Msizi and Senzo for an experience that comes second only to our safari at Shamwari Game Reserve. If we could thank Dooma, our 9-year old male Cheetah, for also being such a wonderfully behaved host we would! The pictures I will post speak for themselves ...

We arrived promptly at 7am, were greeted with tea/ coffee and then given a brief introduction and safety overview followed by a 75 minute walk with Dooma. My recommendation would be `be relaxed around the cat', the rangers absolutely know what they are doing, how to read the animal, and how to respond to its behaviour. The walk was fairly leisurely (Dooma fortunately only wanted to run once), extremely enjoyable to be close to such a beautiful animal, gave us the opportunity to stroke and interact with the Cheetah and it was a beautiful crisp and sunny morning to boot!

Our relaxed encounter ensured we could take photographs fairly early on during the walk which allowed us to capture so many great moments.

After the walk we had some more refreshments (a lovely breakfast of peaches, hot lemon muffin, yoghurt, tea/ coffee) with a further introduction and safety video ahead of Msizi escorting us around the rest of the enclosures to meet the other gorgeous cats (including the White Lion Cub and the Leopard). Msizi was really friendly, engaging, educated and informative; he was a great host and we were really grateful for such a knowledgeable guide.

The souvenir shop staff were also extremely helpful; we enquired about purchasing/ shipping a bronze sculpture of a Cheetah to the UK and Claire (I think) kindly agreed to make enquiries with shipping directly from the manufacturer with details to be emailed to us.

We travelled to SA at the end of their Winter/ just coming in to Spring as we knew this was the best time for animals given they would not be lethargic in the SA summer heat. This really paid off with the Sunrise Cheetah walk at Tenikwa; it was truly a beautiful and memorable experience. Dooma was a star!

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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!

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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!

Thank cmjUK
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