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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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US$68.45*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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US$44.61*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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US$17.69*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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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 19 August 2014

We booked the three hour tour and was lucky enough to be the only ones on the first part of the tour, with the cats. Peter, our guide was excellent, very informative and passionate about his job. The highlight of the tour was going on the walk with the cheetahs. We loved how they took us for a walk and it was made clear from the beginning we were on THEIR walk! We had over an hour with two cheetahs ( one other couple were there). We were able to stroke the cats, when they sat down, and they purred so loudly! It was just a wonderful experience and we feel very honoured to be able to do this. The centre is for a wonderful cause, the animals are treated with up most respect. A truly wonderful experience.

Thank Rlglenn652
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MandyFreeman, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Hi
Thank You so much for your positive feedback.
We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa.
Thank you for your support and supporting our Cause. Thank you for the good words regarding the good condition of our animals, your support is what makes all this possible:)
We hope to see you again in future.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We arrived and there werent any other people about. I thought we would have to wait but the guide came and took us on the tour. He was really knowledgeable about all of the animals that they have there. I loved the Cheetahs and kind of wish we had got up early and taken them on the morning walk. Some nice looking cakes and snacks at the little snack bar in the main building. They are doing a good job at Tenikwa

Thank jobloggslondon
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MandyFreeman, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Hi
Thank You so much for your positive feedback.
We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa.
Thank you for your support, taking the time to write this review and supporting our Cause.
We hope to see you again in future.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We did the sunrise Cheetah Walk and Wildcat Combo. It was fantastic. Everyone at the center is very warm and friendly. We were offered complimentary hot beverages when we arrived, and we were shown a safety video before we headed out. We thought we were going to "walk" with Cheetahs for a few feet to provide an opportunity for a photo op. WRONG! It was a 3K loop! It was their morning walk!

Due to the length of the walk, you really get a great chance to observe your cheetah. You get to witness her behavior and how she moves. I never knew Cheetahs had raised spots because I'd never been close to one before. And you get to pet your cheetah, on her terms, and feel how soft her fur is. Amazing.

The guides did an exceptional job. There were a total of 6 "walkers" with 2 cheetahs and 3 guides. The guides did an excellent job instructing us about how to move, where to walk, how to hold the lead, etc. They made us feel very comfortable when we needed to drop the lead and let the cheetah move on her own. When we got back, we accompanied the cheetahs into their enclosure and got to stand near them as they ate breakfast. WOW!!

When we got back to reception we were served a nice breakfast snack and hot beverages. Then we watched a very informative (sad.....) video about the state of cats in South Africa. We headed out to tour the rest of the facility and see the other cats. We got to go inside the serval enclosure, and we also got to go inside the leopard enclosure through the mesh tunnel. These were great because we really got up close and personal with these cats. We asked endless questions and learned a lot.

We also visited the Caracals (not allowed in) and the Wild Cats (allowed in). The honey badger was asleep, so we didn't see him. We saw the penguins. (We later visited the Meerkats on our own - do not miss - they are hilarious!!!).

After our tour, we ended with another cheetah visit! We got to say goodbye to Thandi (our cheetah) and watch her relax with her brother.

This center is very well run, and the animals live in very large natural enclosures. The animals all appear content (no pacing or stress behavior), and they are well fed and well cared for. It's a highly educational and thrilling experience. And we loved the fact that we were the only ones there. It is a quiet center, without hordes of tourists, which is a wonderful thing.

Plan to not rush. Plan to stay and really experience it. We arrived at 7:30 a.m. and left right at noon. 4 - 4.5 hours allows a very nice visit.

Special thanks to Jacob, Peter and Sizwe who taught us so much and took such good care of us on our visit.

Highly recommended.

Thank KyRooTraveler
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MandyFreeman, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Hi
Thank You so much for your positive feedback.
We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa.
Thank you for your support and supporting our Cause. Thank you for the good words regarding the good condition of our animals and enclosures, your support is what makes all this possible:)
We hope to see you again in future.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We booked this excursion aside from our tour group, meaning we had to miss the planned tour activities to the Knysna Elephant Park. But I have to tell you, the sunset cheetah walk w/ Dumas (our cheetah) was the highlight of the entire trip. It's just such a unique experience, frightening and exhilarating at the same time. We paid for our tickets before the trip, and had no problems. Your trip will not be complete if you don't do this.

Thank lshane
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MandyFreeman, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Hi
Thank You so much for your positive feedback.
We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa.
Thank you for your support and supporting our Cause.
We hope to see you again in future.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We loved walking the cheetahs. Initially we were very hesitant when we realised that the ratio of cheetahs to people averages at 1:3, however we were lucky in that the cheetah which we walked was very active and relaxed. Some of the other guests were not so lucky as one cheetah was somewhat disturbed by the noise of a chainsaw in the forest. However, bear in mind that they are animals with personalities so there is always an aspect of uncertainty! All in all we absolutely loved our experience and would highly recommend it to others.

Thank Peter L
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MandyFreeman, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank You.

For your positive feedback.
We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your visit at Tenikwa.
Thank you for your support and supporting our Cause.
We hope to see you again in future.

Regards
Steven Hendriks

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