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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Phuket, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 May 2010

What an incredible experience. My husband just about had a heart attack because he became so excited. We took the cheetahs for their morning walk and have about a million photos. The experience was just unbelievable and touched our hearts immensely. Yes, it was kind of pricey but it was worth every penny. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone. We did the wildcat tour afterward which, as you can imagine, was a bit of an anticlimax after actually getting to walk the cheetahs! Anyway, book in and enjoy!!!

PS...book in during the week if you can to (hopefully) avoid the crowds!

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“So Greatful Tenikwa Exists”
Reviewed 20 January 2010

I am truly greatful that Len & Mandy have dedicated themselves to creating such a unique and marvelous experience. Three days ago a Steppe Buzzard somehow landed in my pool and nearly downed. I don't know how long it was in the water but after fishng it out in a panic I called Len because no one in our area knows birds like he does. We brought the shocked rapture to the unique animal hospital at Tenikwa where Lean & Mandy nursed it back to health. It will be released back to our skies today. Thank you both for all the marvelous work you do...

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“So fabulous - the highlight of our whole trip”
Reviewed 24 October 2009

Visiting Tenikwe was really the highlight of our tirp. Walking the cheetahs was so magical - what fabulous creatures. We loved feeding them and playing with them. Thank you to all the staff who kitted us out in the rain gear and fed us coffee and muffins - what a fabulous job you all do. Thank you!

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Milan, Italy
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“Chester and Zimbali...two new friends in a fantastic day!”
Reviewed 6 September 2009

During our stay in Plettenberg bay we found this beautiful place! We went to book the sunrise cheetah walk but it was fully booked, than they gave as a big opportunity... The walk with the big ones... In the morning we discovered that our walk was with to big and beautiful cheetahs,Zimbali and Chester, not the puppies! It was one of our best days in our lifes! A big emotion! Than we could play with the puppies..Fantastic! They purred like a domestic kitten! Thanks Tenikwa for this amazing experience! We'd like to come back again!

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“This is a must if you visit the Plett Bay area of South Africa; entrances Rugby Playing dads and cool teenagers alike!”
Reviewed 26 August 2009

This is a must if you visit this beautiful part of South Africa. My husand and our 16 year old daughter visited during August and found the whole experience of seeing all the cats, walking the cheetahs and sharing a glass of wine with the owners and other guests a wonderful experience. Our 16 year old daughter is normally very underwhelmed but was captivated and enchanted by the whole Tenikwa experience. Don't miss this experience if you are the slightest bit interested in animals and if you are a cat lover you will have the best 'fix' of you life!!

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