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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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US$68,45*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$44,61*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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US$17,69*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 15 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 25 September 2015

This place is really special, not only does it rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals but also works with communities to educate them. We didn't do the cheetah walk but still got up close to the big cats. A wonderful time and definitely worth a visit, you will learn so much.

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Reviewed 25 September 2015

The whole experience was amazing. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thouight I would get the opportunity to take a cheetah out for a walk. It is a sanctuary where all animals are taken good care of. The guides are wonderful, taking care of your safety and very willing to take photographs. We were given a tour of not only Wild Cats but birds with half wings that couldn't fly. At the end of the tour we were provided with a complementary drink, and a chat to the owners. I can highly recommend a visit to this animal sanctuary. Keep up the good work.

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Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed our afternoon at Tenikwa. It was awesome taking "Chester" the cat for his afternoon walk. The facility is very nice and our guides Sizwe, Patrick and Joel were informative and a pleasure to spend the day with. Definitely do the walk the cheetah tour.

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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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