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“Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve worth a visit”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 16 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We only ever visit animals that are in danger and need a good home to be looked after. We have visited an elephant nature reserve in Thailand so thought we would do Tenikwa whilst on the Garden Route. It turned out to be well worth it.
Our guide "Ash" was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful - thank you.
Ash took us on our private tour of the animals and explained the job of the reserve. We spent about 90 minutes there and thoroughly enjoyed it. You get really close to the animals to see them in their environment. There is no touching of the animals allowed.
Keep up the excellent work of informing people about endangered animals.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank 895cheshire21
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

wonderful experience, very informative, our guide Cloud was very helpful. a really super place. and photos were excellent.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

My mother and I enjoyed seeing all the cats at such close proximity. It was easy to get a tour upon just arriving. Cloud, our guide, was very good, although one needed to pay close attention to his English.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

The guides are very informative and explained the plight of some of the rescued animals. A lot of thought has gone into welfare and the enclosures are really large giving the animals space and privacy, please support this centre.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Peter our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and a pleasure to do the 1 hour walk with. We were very fortunate to get to see all the cats and were even allowed in to the enclosures with the cerval and cheetahs! Such a memorable experience for my friend from overseas!
Would highly recommend for everyone to visit this centre if you get the chance!

Date of experience: March 2017
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