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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 19 February 2017

An amazing experience to be close to cheetahs, leopards and other wild cats. Very knowledgeable guides. A visit not to be missed.

Thank Graham A
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I would definitely recommend a visit to this place for the experience of being so close to wild cats. This visit is more to increase your knowledge and our guide "Mfundo" was brilliant and friendly. Note children under 12 are not permitted for the visit...More

Thank LoversLondon
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This is a rehab and awareness centre to help us appreciate and understand these beautiful animals. Mainly cats but includes marabou storks, mad blue cranes and meerkats too. The animals live in well designed, large open pens and are so well cared for. The centre...More

Thank Beryl135
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We had not seen leopard on our earlier safari so we went to Tenikwa to see the big cats up close. It did not disappoint. We did the photographic tour because everything else was booked which meant we had our own guide and dedicated visit....More

Thank Sean H
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We did the Cheetah walk in the afternoon with Ash and Joel.They were very informative and took pictures of us at regular intervals.A fascinating experience not to be missed!

Thank George B
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

If you like animals, this is the right zoo. The animals there were bought and are created just like a zoo and fed only with chicken. It's nice to see them near you. But not nice when you know they could be in the nature.

Thank Ciro A
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This attraction is well worth the effort to find. Nowhere else will you get as close to the leopards, cheetahs, lions, caracals and servals. The tour was extremely informative and Cloud our guide was brilliant. He asked us questions, we tried to answer and we...More

2  Thank Ian M
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We booked in advance in order to take cheetahs on their morning walk. It was definitely worth it. The experience of walking the two cheetahs was once in a lifetime. I will definitely be recommending for this alone. We also had the opportunity to see...More

1  Thank RKE2013
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

If you have a chance to stop here, make the effort it is soo worth it! We learnt so much about the cats of Africa! Their awareness and rehabilitation center really opened our minds and hearts to these animals! Thank you to all the staff...More

2  Thank Caitie88
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Not the slickest of places but well worth a visit to see indigenous cats. The guides are very well informed and seeing caracals, servals, leopard, lion etc at close hand a great experience. Especially priviledged to go in with the two cheetahs.

1  Thank PSBKent
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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 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