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“Fantastic, especially the Cheetah Walk!!”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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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
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Informative guide that took us on the initial tour. You actually go into the enclosure with a lot of the cats with some exceptions (leopard and other really dangerous cats).
Although it is very geared up to tourists it is clear that they really care about the animals and it is for the wellbeing of the animals rather than the tourists.

The cheetah walk was fantastic.. you go with some of the handlers/guides with 2 cheetahs on a long walk outside the reservation. They make it very clear that this is for the cheetahs to get some exercise outwit the area they are in for the rest of the day. The cheetahs were beautiful and there are opportunities to get closer to them when they stop for a rest or a sniff around.

A once in a lifetime experience!!

Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Quite often when one visits attractions they are bland and run to a formula but this is clearly not how Tenikwa has been set up.

On arrival one gets a very friendly greeting and for safety they provide secure lockers where you can leave all the belongings except cameras so you are more free to e joy the guided tour.

Our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and the good thing is they limit Numbers for a tour to very small groups so you do get to hear what the guide is saying and have a chance to ask questions rather than getting lost in a large group.

We started our tour and were shown a wide range of smaller cats and entered some of the enclosures. Then we moved on to larger cats including Cheetah's and went into one of the enclosures to up close and personal.

When we visited it was possible to book a group ticket to cover the Elephant and Bird Sanctuary and this meant you got to see the cats for free.

They also have a number of other animals one can walk round and see including Meerkats.

Thank Wacky the Wizard
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

The tour was very interesting, with loads of information about the cats, the guide was very nice (ours was Jerry), we could observe all the cats, the group was not too big (8 people).
I don't know why they have penguins and baboons, as they don't have much to do with the cats.

Thank tweetster
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Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Thank you for your review of Tenikwa and I am really glad that you enjoyed the tour as well as our interesting South African cats that you saw. In response to your query as to why we also have penguins and baboons (and other species of South African Wildlife), whilst our speciality is on raising awareness about the declining populations of wild cats of South Africa and particularly the Lesser Cats that are found on the outskirts of suburbia and farm, we also raise awareness of other wildlife that so often comes into conflict with humans and as a result suffer from population decline or persecution. These are the species that we so often receive in our rehabilitation centre. For example, South Africa has lost 75% of its penguin population within the last decade and this rate of decline is unsustainable and mainly caused by things people do or have done in the past 25 years. At Tenikwa, we undertake Rehabilitation as well as Awareness. Rehabilitation is the quick win but it is costly and has minimal impact on populations as a whole. Awareness and changing people's behaviour is the longer term intervention that can prevent species dwindling down to genetically unviable populations like where the Cheetah is today. Conservation is a fascinating topic and what you learnt at Tenikwa is very applicable in your own country - wildlife all over the world is being compromised. Too many humans, not enough wild spaces left. Thanks again for taking the time to leave feedback. Regards Mandy

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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

Celebrating our civil partnership we booked a sunset cheetah walk. Being so up close with these amazing animals was humbling and an opportunity I'm glad we didn't miss. At the end, the staff toasted our recent nuptials with a glass of wine whilst the sun set over the park. Located near both kynysna and plettenberg bay it was easy to travel to.

Thank SarahHarris2602
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Our guide was fantastic and knew a lot about all of the cats as well as the baboons and meerkats. I think the tour is supposed to take about an hour but we never felt rushed and even went back to visit one of the cats to see if we could get a better view. We enjoyed getting close to the leopards.

When we arrived we asked if we could also do the lion walk but they were booked for the day. At the end of our tour, the woman at the front desk asked us if we still wanted to take the walk since there had been some cancellations. We really appreciated the fact that she remembered us and paid enough attention to ask if we still wanted to do the tour.

I wish there had been more cats to see. The leopard was hiding in the bushes so it was hard to see him. (Yes, I know - this is wildlife!)

Overall we felt that the service was good, the animals seem well cared for, and our guide was well informed.

Thank daisey_1_1
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