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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 4 weeks ago

Tenikwa is a must see if you find yourself close by. It is beautifully maintained an very well run rehabilitation centre. I opted for tour and cheetah walk and was impressed by the tour and deeply touched by the cheetah walk. Guides Mthobishi and Mfundo were very knowledgeable and made our experience a very pleasant one. They also made sure the cheetah walk was nice for cheetah and for us. Don't miss this place if you would like to see how a truly well organized rehabiliation centre works.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This sees a well run place, certainly the cats we saw all looked healthy and fit. Yes they are in compounds, whereas like everyone else we prefer them in the wild, but they are reasonably sized compounds and the money for the rescue and research has to come from somewhere. And seeing beautiful cheetah, leopard, cerval etc close up is a very pleasant way to provide some of those funds. Well worth a visit.

Thank Kevin S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am not so sure how to feel about this place - they do help lots of animals , they rescue , help and then let them free again - but the wild cats that we visit they live there and will live there till the rest of their lives , they will never be let go ... they were born in captivity, so I think they probably wouldn’t be able to go to the wild , but some of them live lonely , just one , without pairs ... I did not like the experience of seeing those animals.. . But I loved meeting the meercats , as they live in large groups in a large place .

Thank vanessatT2100SG
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did the Wild Cat Experience with the very knowledgeable Msizi and were lucky enough to be the only two people on the tour. The cats were beautiful and it was fantastic to learn so much about the animals on site at Tenikwa. Slightly nerve wracking being within the cheetah enclosure but Msizi and the other guides made it feel safe.

Thank Stacey D
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did the ecokid tour with our two little ones. The guide was Msizi and he did a great job of pitching it at the right level for them. They loved the cats but also the penguins and birds. The proof of how good it was came when my eldest had her quiz about what she had learnt during the tour. She remembered bits we had forgotten.

As adults we liked the fact that this was not one of those places that allow you to pat and stroke the animals before sending them off to a private reserve to be shot by some lame hunter.

Well done Tenikwa and Msizi.

Thank Skytourist
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