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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

#2 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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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
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Tenikwa Centre is doing an important part to conserve the wild cats of Africa. Many of the cats here are born in captivity and thus we were able to get real close. The best part was being in the Cheetah enclosure (Yes, we were...More

Thank DanielTanYN
Reviewed 6 days ago

A return visit to see the changes. The enclosures are larger now and tours around well organised and informative. These animals are rescues from homes, zoos and shooting farms. They are used to people but mostly are not interested in them. The work the people...More

Thank allyn2011
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing to be in the presence of such beauty. A once in a lifetime opportunity being up close and personal with predators.

Thank J7306COmelissaf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I did the sunset walking tour with the two majestic cheetahs Chester and zimbali. It was a truly mesmerising experience. Our guides Peter Joel and Msizi were very knowledgeable and relaxed. They took some wonderful photos and videos of us walking with...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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....More

Thank Dytjie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Ash L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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...More

1  Thank Ian D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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)....More

1  Thank sweetpea1008
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

1  Thank Belinda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a private tour with a fellow named Cloud. He was very good and explained everything. The animals were right up close and obviously well looked after.A great experience.

Thank Zoe4552
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Sophie A
Hi there, I am looking to visit in May 2017 any time after 11am and would like to do the combination "tails and trunks" tour. I would also like to do the afternoon walk with cheetahs - is there a package for this? Also, is there parking on site as we will be travelling by car. Many thanks for your help.
5 January 2017|
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Response from ShaunaEMR | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sophie There is plenty of parking, and, in terms of your package requirements, perhaps call Tenikwa as I found them to be very accommodating. The cheetah walks are either at 7.30 am or 3.30 pm ( around feeding time) so... More
Hi Len & Mandy. We are heading your way (so lucky to be staying at Hog Hollow) 3rd and 4th November 2015. We are all really excited about visiting your superb sanctuary. Our son will be 10 years old and is 1.5 metres tall. He is very well behaved and a budding zoologist, reading wildlife magazines every month. He is also very sporty fit kid. Do you think it would be possible for him to join us on an evening combo wildcat experience and a walk with the cheetahs? Regards, Steve and Christine Gardner
11 August 2015|
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Response from MandyFreeman_Tenikwa | Property representative |
Hi Steve & Christine, Thanks for your email. We are looking forward to hosting you. Unfortunately, your son is too young for the cheetah walk. He needs to be 16 years for this. We can keep him busy though whilst you go on... More