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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Sunset - Cheetah Walk and Wildcat Combo
Ranked #2 of 16 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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 8 December 2013

This place is top class, from short video introduction to the guides who show the various animals with their incredible knowledge of the animals to the staff who are in the gift shop/reception area, give yourselves a big pat on the back, a wonderful day out and an experience we will never forget. Thank you!!

Thank hellodoctor
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Although the weather was a bit damp, it did not take away from the wonderful experience of walking these gorgeous creatures. A nice touch is the wine and light snacks served at the end of the walk. A very nice experience!

Thank Maryjan
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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

We paid 690 rand for the wildcat tour to view the different cats at the sanctuary. You do not get to interact with any of the cats and the tour is quite quick and overpriced in my view but we also did the cheetah walk which was amazing. I would recommend doing the cheetah walk and not the wildcat tour. I did not see any mistreatment of animals however it was kind of upsetting seeing how agitated the leopard became when he was trying to eat but people were all standing around watching.

Thank Jmarisa54
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Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your visit to Tenikwa. Just to clarify, the R690 program that you chose was a Cheetah Walk Combo, the cost of which was broken down into R590 for the Cheetah Walk and R100 discounted rate for the Wild Cat Experience, in total a 3 hour program which included refreshments and a light snack. Whilst we do allow interaction with the cheetahs on the walk, we have a no touch policy on the Wild Cat Experience because of it being a group tour and the average time that you spend with each species during the tour would make it unfair to the animals to be subjected to continuous public contact in that kind of volume right throughout the day. This in contrast to the 90 minutes or so that you spend with the cheetahs during the walk. I would urge all prospective guests looking at doing the Cheetah Walk, to rather pay the small amount extra and do the Cheetah Walk Combo as this gives you the opportunity to learn about the other South African cat species that we have and are so seldom seen, and learn more about the rehabilitation work that we do.

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Went for the Cheetah walk and photo tour. Did not disappoint. Walking with these beautiful creatures is truly amazing. On the photo tour we entered the enclosures except for the leopard. Up close and personal. These folks are doing fantastic work with these animals. Guides and staff super friendly. This one should not be missed.

Thank Jim-and-Donna
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

I chose to spend my 50th birthday this Saturday past at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre with my partner. We had an absolutely wonderful and enriching experience, and were treated (and fed!) like royalty by the brilliant people we came into contact with. The animals were such excellent ambassadors for their species, and although I came primarily to see the cats, I even learned to look at baboons with new vision, fear them less and understand and respect them more - difficult for a Capetonian to do! Visiting the hospital and its patients and caretakers showed me what is happening behind the glamour and beauty of the cheetahs - creatures are being helped and rehabilitated. Thanks to the people at Tenikwa, I also have a renewed faith and hope in humanity, knowing that there are some who want to, and do, make a difference to the world. Thanks again to absolutely everybody there everybody for a really great day!

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