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“Wonderful experience with wonderful guides”

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 8 April 2017

Having visited Tenikwa on my first trip to South Africa 2 years ago, I was more than happy at the chance to visit a second time. This centre is perfect for big cat lovers and people who are conscious of the welfare of such animals, rather than only caring about getting that perfect selfie. Tenikwa really looks after their animals and the whole experience is very informative and designed to educate visitors as well as provide an enjoyable experience. We came by late afternoon for the general tour and then back the next morning for a sunrise walk with the cheetahs, which was a real highlight. Being able to walk alongside them, free of reigns or leads, and watch them behave and play as they would do, is a delight. Our guides, Mfundo, Cloud and Joel were excellent, very friendly, and knew everything there was to know about the animals. Mound in particular, as he also took us on the general tour the day before, was a truly wonderful guide.
I would highly recommend this centre for animal lovers on any visit to the Western Cape!

Thank Emma H
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Our guide Peter Did a great job and shower us all the big cats. Especially cheetah. We could enter Cage and walking with cheetah

Thank Timm I
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We visited here after our guide suggested it as a reputable business not just in it for the money but as a source of revenue for the vets hospital attached to the premises. A well laid out section dedicated to the recovery of animals subsidised by the cat enclosures that you are shown around by the staff. Our guide for the tour was called Cloud and he was extremely informative and obviously enjoyed his job here. To get up so close to the big cats is amazing and especially the cheetahs... such graceful animals. If your passing , definitely call in, it's all for a worthwhile cause.

Thank ross m
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

The best part of this guided tour is that the animals are free to walk. The animals are very friendly and they seems to live a good life.

Thank Caio A
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We did the combo guided tour and cheetah walk. Tour was interesting and well presented by Patrick. We walked with cheetahs Simbali, a naughty girl and Chester. The guides, Patrick, Peter and Mthabisi seemed to have a genuine affection for the cheetahs whuch was nice.

Thank Anne H
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