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“Simply Stunning!”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 14 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
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“Simply Stunning!”
Reviewed 2 February 2013

I am just looking at Christmas holiday photos and video, and reflecting on the amazing things we did and saw on our return trip to SA. But I think this really was an absolute highlight. We'd had a really disappointing wildlife trip elsewhere earlier in the week, and therefore were a little tentative - however a colleague of my husband who knows the area well had recommended it, and urged we did the walk.

Well! It was just stunning. We had the most gorgeous day, and went in the late afternoon, following an excellent personally-guided trip (1:4 ratio). Another couple walked with the other cheetah. The guides did everything they could to help us get group photos as we walked along.

We met the family afterwards who run this excellent establishment. They were keen to know if we'd had a good visit.

To observe and photograph at close quarters such a variety of well-kept cats, was simply stunning, and despite the fences, it never felt "zoo-like" maybe because of the arid location and bush.

Very well done. ;-)

Visited December 2012
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Ballina, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazing Place”
Reviewed 27 January 2013

This attraction was really great value for money and a fantastic place to get close to some wild cats .
To be in the same enclosure as two cheetahs was something to brag about to all friends and family. Standing literally 2 metres away was incredible.
We were also about the same distance from a leopard, but a fence separated us to keep us safe of course.
A great place to see cats up close.

Visited January 2013
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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“So interesting”
Reviewed 19 January 2013

Got to see most of the big cats apart from lions The guide was interesting and we had the opportunity to get very close to the cheetahs. The tour was a little lengthy but nonetheless enjoyed seeing the magnificent animals.

Visited January 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“close encounters with some of the cats not often seen on bush visits”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

We loved our visit to Tenikwa. Our guide clearly had a deep knowledge of the cats and spoke with conviction. I worried about the limited space for the animals but have bought the "Life of Pi" reasoning for this sort of sanctuary for animals and support what they are doing.

Visited January 2013
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“A great learning experience”
Reviewed 9 January 2013

It was great to learn more about so many wild cats. We weren't able to walk with the cheaters as our children were under 16 but we did get to go into their cage which was amazing. interesting guide, very knowledgable.

Visited December 2012
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