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“Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre”

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 31 May 2017 via mobile

What a humbling experience to have the opportunity to see the big cats up close. My husband and I were lucky enough to be accompanied by Mfundo, our tour guide. It was magical to witness such passion and love for the animals radiating from him. We left with changed perceptions and renewed motivation to conserve our planet and wildlife for future generations.

We would highly recommend this experience for all tourists. Truly amazing!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Dytjie
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

A bit exaggerated but we chose this over the next nearest wildlife park at Cango. Took the hour tour as we are a bit pressed of time. I would recommend the Cheetah Walk or any tour that takes more than an hour. The guys know their jobs and share lots of information. Dangerous cats are fenced up, else rest are free to roam in the comfort of the guide. If only the tour could include hospital would mean more about the works they done(just saying).

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Ash L
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I are animal lovers and decided to experience the crazy cat day offered at Tenikwa Wildlife center. It was truly a memorable day. You start your morning by helping the staff with any morning duties in the rehab center. We fed some rescued penguins, and spent time prepping food and feeding a 2 month old porcupine.

After that we enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast and coffee on their terrace, before meeting up with our absolutely wonderful guide Joel who we spend the rest of the day with.

The afternoon was spent visiting the many cat enclosures on the property. Joel guided us through the center viewing many of the cats (I.e the lions and leopards) from outside their enclosure, but taking us with the confines of the cheetah and Serval enclosures. We never felt unsafe as Joel guided us where to walk, where to sit, and what to do.

After a delicious afternoon lunch break (I enjoyed chicken curry and some chocolate cake), we had the amazing experience of feeding the cats. With all of these cats being wild, Joel was careful to ensure that we fed the cats from a safe distance and outside of their enclosure.

We capped the day off with a 2k walk with their beautiful male and female cheetahs. Surrounded by multiple guides, we meandered through a trail that was just off the main cheetah enclosure. This was simply a superb way to close out our day.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

It was nice to see that all the animals are well taken care of. Visitors are allowed into the enclosures of the servals, cheetahs, and African wildcats. However, the cats were clearly stressed out by this and it was causing them anxiety (especially the servals). I don't like this aspect of Tenikwa. It would be like strangers coming through your house a few times a day. The cats were hissing at strangers being in their enclosures. Big cats sleep during the day and like to be reclusive and away from people. Visitors interrupt their sleep patterns, etc so it's not to their benefit to have crowds of people coming by for a visit.

It's great that Tenkiwa has a hospital on site and does a lot of work rehabilitating animals that need it.

Our guide reminded us that we could tip him at the end of the tour and had a bit of an apathetic attitude.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Our sunset Cheetah Walk was one of the highlights of our visit to South Africa. To be up close to two majestic beautiful animals was a dream come true. The walk is all about the cheetahs as you are joining them on their walk and we felt very honoured to be part of it. There are no leads and you simply follow the cheetahs at their pace. At no time did we feel unsafe and had three wonderful guides with us - Msizi, Mfundo and Patrick, who are very knowledgable and passionate about the animals. There was plenty of photo opportunities on the walk. This is an amazing centre which is doing some much in raising awareness of conservation issues in South Africa and in rehabilitating animals. An amazing experience was had by everyone and fantastic memories were made. We hope to be back one day!!

Date of experience: May 2017
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