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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 16 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 9 April 2017 via mobile

I have loved big cats since I was little so I had high expectations of this place. My expectations were well surpassed. If you want to learn about animal conservation and support the amazing work they do here, you MUST go.
Our guide was Ash. He was so passionate about all the animals in the Sanctuary. Not just the cats. This is clearly not just a job for him.
We did the wild cat experience with the cheetah walk. It was unbelievable to be so close to these truly beautiful animals.
Was also had the privilege of chatting to Karen who provides direct support to the animals. We wish Thandi all the best in her recovery.
The restaurant also does great food!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank FramyEdin
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

We visited this centre about 4/5 years ago and I thought it was time for another visit whilst in the Plettenberg area, to see how the animals were doing.

Some changes since our previous visit. The apes have been relocated elsewhere and in their place is an enclosure with a pair of very good looking lions – the male is white.

Our guide Mthobisi was outstanding – ask for him if he is available – and very informative. He put a lot of effort into finding where the leopard had hidden himself in his enclosure but persisted until we found him. He is beautiful as are all the animals there, well apart from the marabou storks.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Marion B
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

For SA's who have been to other animal reserves, I would recommend the Cheetah walk only.Remembering it's the cheetahs walk so you may not get a full 2hr walk with them depending on their mood on the day -ours was cut short which was disappointing considering price pd. Guides are confident entertaining and well attuned to the cats behaviour.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 659karen
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

My God, these guy/guides love their jobs! Awesome! But let me start at the beginning:

We drove up from Knysna - our landlords had recommended we go this wild cat place. They live and dry by donations and visitors, so your 220 ZAR per person are one of the best investments you can make in the Cape area.

As we just showed up without any booking, 2 British couples and us two were put together by guide Male. Show started a little past 11 am with a short video about what Tenikwa is about and the do's and dont's. And off we went. Cervals, wild cats, cheetas, a lioness and her white lion brother, a leopard, meercats and mongoose....we could not get enough of it so our tour took slightly over the planned hour.

Male knows it all: each animal by age, name, weight, history, future, habits, likings....it is a leisurely stroll and you do get the creeps when you go in with the two cheetahs. The lady could not care less, but the male was relentlessly striding around us. When we were out they were fed separately and you should hear their purring - to is SO spectacular.

They work to teach humans how to protect the environment. Hardly 7.400 I forgot leopards or cheetas left in the ... no, not Southafrican wild.... in the entire world!!!

Guys, PLEASE, help us help them! Go, visit, learn, change you're habits, donate, do!

Date of experience: April 2017
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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!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Emma H
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