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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

Went as a group of 6 for the sunset Cheetah walk. At first we were a little skeptical that maybe we had booked one of these unethical wildlife tourist traps. We were relieved when we arrived at the centre and talked to the guides about the centre and mission statement. I think the centre should publish a little more information about the great work they do with their animal hospital.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all out questions. When it came to the walk with Cheetahs, we felt very safe and they made the experience very enjoyable. One of the cheetahs was purring the whole time.it was a great experience and we certainly have a much greater appreciation and respect for big cats.

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Reviewed 1 September 2015

Fantastic experience
We visited this awareness centre in July 2013
Reasonable entrance fee
animals are well looked after - cages are spacious - animals look healthy
Walking in the cheetah enclosure was awesome!
Highly recommend

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Reviewed 1 September 2015

Having lived in the area for many years Tenikwa was high on my list when my family came to visit from the US. We have visited in the past many times but have not been there for two years. What a change! It has been turned into a zoo. looking at animals behind enclosures, whether there are bars or mesh fencing is similar.

Despite that, the day would have been saved if our guide was knowledgeable. It seems as if Tenikwa's current mission is to create awareness of the plight animals are facing in a changing world. We were fed a canned presentation and the questions asked were not answered. Our one hour tour lasted less than forty minutes.

Thank David W
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2015

Hi David

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very disappointed to read that you did not have a positive experience at Tenikwa. You mentioned that you have been here before in the past, however none of our enclosures at Tenikwa has changed over the past few years.

It might be that you visited our Centre when the Cats were still cubs? Well they have grown up now and due to safety protocols and our policies we do not allow physical interaction on the Wild Cat Experience.

You are correct in saying that we create Awareness about the problems the individual cat species face out in the wild. We are an Awareness Centre! Each individual species have a conservation based message that they relay to traveling tourists.

We take your comment about our guide seriously and we will address this with our staff.

Thank you again. We trust that we will see you again in future.

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 31 August 2015

My husband did their wild cat experience and I took their photographic tour. Both were excellent, the only difference was we were given a little better access and allowed to take photographs. Both were educational and worthwhile.

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Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

We booked EcoKidz family challenge, it was an excellent experience for all the family, our guide Mthobisi was extremely knowledgable and really engaged our two children aged 9 and 12.

1  Thank MichaelSullivan67
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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2015

Hi Michael

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. Its very pleasing to know that the EcoKidz program is enjoyed and serving its purpose to keep the younger kids engaged.

We designed this program to cater for families with younger children. As we feel that the Wild Cat Experience tends to be a bit to formal for the young ones (under 12's). I will personally inform Mthobisi about your review and wonderful compliments.

Travel Safe, hope to see you again in future.

Kind Regards
Steven Hendriks

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