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“The Tenikwa Cat Awareness Centre is brilliant”

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
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 1 May 2017

The chance to get up close with caracels, lions, servals, African wild cats, cheetahs and leopards is not to be missed. Our guides, Peter and Patrick gave us lots of really useful and interesting information. Thee Tenikwa Centre is a must-see location. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

We had a brilliant visit to Tenikwa where the people were fantastic. There had bee a mix up with our booking which meant the family event "The EcoKidz" adventure had not been booked. However seeing how disappointed our kids would be, they rearranged the schedule to free up a guide to take us on the tour. Our guide Patrick was really passionate about the animals and kept the kids so interested in learning that we did not take one picture! You get to learn the differences between the big cats up close with rescue animals and understand what is harming their environments. Really enjoyable afternoon.

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

This wildlife center is amazing, the wild cats are beautiful and seem really happy. Our guide, Cloud, was also awesome. Thanks to him, we have learned a lot ! I want also to thank Msizi and Mthobisi for the amazing cat walk, you can see the 2 cheetah running and walking which is really impressive. We will definitively come back as soon as possible !

Thank Kevin S
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

World class visit, Great Atmosphere. Staff were super cool friendly and assisting from the Reception lady to all the Guides especially our Guide Cloud who was an awesome guide Hats off to you. Great initiative done by Tenikwa may god bless you for your every act of mercy towards the Creation of God.

Thank mriyazs
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

We visited the sanctuary on the recommendation from Lizzie from La Boheme B & B in Pletterberg Bay. We started the tour with a brief introduction and slide show of what Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre's mission and goals are for the animals. Msizi, our guide was very informative and passionate about the animals and caring for them. Animals was healthy and well fed and enclosures big and spacious. It was wonderful to see a white lion so close up and personal. I would recommend Tenikwa to anyone, especially for families with children.

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