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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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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 25 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great tour and a fantastic guide. Mfundo was his name, who showed us around the centre and took the time to explain us about the cats. We enjoyed it very much!!

Thank VFG1991
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We showed up at 4:20 and booked in for the 4:30 tour. Very friendly, professional place. They answered all our questions. Animals look good, fed and healthy. Even though the drive out there feels a bit like your in the middle of no where, the...More

1  Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 22 March 2017

My wife and I visited Tenikwa and we did the Wild Cat Experience tour. Our guide was Sizwe who was excellent and he had a great knowledge of the animals which he shared with us. The visit far exceeded our expectations and we would recommend...More

Thank Enshallah
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I came here to do the cheetah walk and had a tour around of the other animals. The staff were all amazing and the animals are all kept in brilliant condition and enclosures. The cheetah walk was fantastic and surreal. The guides know them so...More

Thank Lld-90
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We took part in the Sunrise Cheetah Walk. The guides were very knowledgeable about the cheetahs' habits and I surprisingly felt quite safe the entire time when interacting with these animals. The guides were not at all rushed and we felt that they really tried...More

Thank Gemma H
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

The tour was a fantastic experience. We were able to get very up close and personal with the animals. Our tour guide Mali , was so friendly and knowledgeable. He ensured that we were always safe and that our questions were answered. Will definitely visit...More

Thank Pravika B
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Crazee Cat Day was OUTSTANDING in every way! Although it was expensive, it gave us great memories and encounters that we would never be able to experience in any other setting. A few highlights about our experience and other notes for travelers: 1. Finding the...More

1  Thank NeverTryNeverKnow4
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This was a highlight of our whole trip - do not miss! We took a beautiful cat on his morning walk. It was incredible to walk beside such an amazing animal (especially as a cat lover!) Watching him roll about on his back and have...More

Thank YorkshireCat86
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We had a full day here and it was one of the highlights of a fabulous time in South Africa. All the staff we encountered from guides to vet nurse to reception were all professional and great to deal with. All the big cats here...More

1  Thank newmaniac
Reviewed 14 March 2017

A first time visit to this animal sanctuary was made particularly interesting by our knowledgeable and friendly guide, Mali. The variety of animals and birds is great, from mischievous Meerkats , Marabou storks and even penguins, to the big cats in their large enclosures, with...More

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Sophie A
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
11 August 2015|
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Response from MandyFromSA | 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