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“Walking with cheetahs”

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 24 September 2015

My partner & I visited Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre on our recent holiday in South Africa & combined a one hour guided tour viewing at close hand the indigenous wild cats of South Africa with the unforgettable experience of walking with Thandi the Cheetah & her keepers Patrick & Msizi. To be so close to this wonderful animal & share her daily walk was a privilege, to be able to stroke & have her lick our hand while drinking from it was a memory we will always cherish. Her handlers Patrick & Msizi were very friendly & professional with our safety paramount.

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Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

Went to the place this morning as it was on our way along the garden route. We are all from the UK and over to SA for a wedding/holiday.
The reserve is amazing. All the animals are treated to the highest standard and the staff do so much to rescue and care for felines aiming to put them back into the wild if and when appropriate. They are very well kept in very big areas and fed as much as they need. They are clearly comfortable with people which is astonishing to see.
Our guide was Senzo: an amazing gentleman who explained everything in plain English adapting his vast knowledge to the audience. He answered every single question with precision and professionalism. One can tell Senzo simply knows everything about his big cats, and not only that, he loves his job.
I definitely recommend this experience. The reserve is well signalled along the route and the shortest walk is only an hour.

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Reviewed 15 September 2015

This trip down the Garden Route was the first time we visited Tenikwa and what an experience. You get to walk with the cats which is very special and worth it! The guide Mthobisi is the best ever!! He is so friendly and his knowledge is excellent! He loves his job!!!

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Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

We had a lovely experience in the center; seeing those beautiful animals just a meter or two away from us and learning about their personal story, their natural habits and the center's activities was fascinating. Mthobisi, our guide, was very nice, funny and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 11 September 2015

On our trip from Knysna to Addo we decided we had two to three hours to visit Tenikwa. The access to the centre is a good dirt road (but it had not rained recently). There were only a few cars in the parking and it was not busy at all. Because of the limited time we had, we decided to take the 1-hour tour on cats which was a good experience. Our guide Ash was knowledgeable (even though still "in training") and took more than an hour to take us through the tour. You could sense that he was passionate about animals and the mission of the Centre. The restaurant is a nice place with a view on a pond with Marabu (one of the "ugly 5") and other birds. We were given a lot of time to enjoy the view because of the slow service - even though we were the only guests. Don't know how they would cope in high season...

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