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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Address: Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 44 534 8170
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07:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the owners started...

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

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US$ 18.12*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
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US$ 45.69*
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Wild Cat Photographic Tour
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US$ 181.17*
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Wild Cat Animal Keeper for the Day and Tour

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A hospital for large wild animals

We had a private tour with a fellow named Cloud. He was very good and explained everything. The animals were right up close and obviously well looked after.A great experience.

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Toronto, Canada
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We had a private tour with a fellow named Cloud. He was very good and explained everything. The animals were right up close and obviously well looked after.A great experience.

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Very great experience and much know how of our guide. We could ask questions and go in the cheetah house.

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This was a highlight of our 3 weeks in southern Africa. Had a chance to walk with Cheetahs that are wild!! Mfundo Ash-Sizwe was a wonderful guide that made a terrifying experience a highlight. We were one if ,6 people that walk with Cheetahs 2 times per day to enhance their lives. The roam free we followed their lead. Amazing.... More 

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Nancy, France
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a nice family-friendly experience since even young children can see wild animals (safari often not accessible to children under 6). The staff who made the tour explained well and took the time. The planned visit of 1 hour lasted more than 1h30. Very happy to have foreseen TENIKWA during our trip.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the area it is a must do. Very good value when you consider that all profits go to the animals. Our guide Cloud has a great sense of humour and knowledge of the cats. Overall an excellent experience that will be Rembrandt for some time. Go

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Tenikwa is the sort of place I could spend hours gushing about. It has wonderful animals, spectacular people and the work they undertake at the rehabilitation centre is heartwarming. I visited on my own and took part in a Crazee Cats experience. As the name suggests you get to spend a day at the centre and a lot of time... More 

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The great attraction of the Center is doubtlessly the Cheetah Walk! It is really special as you walk close to the cheetah and stop just feel steps from it to take amazing pictures! You can also make some nice videos as you walk just behind the fastest mammal on Earth! The rest of the Centre has some different African cats...... More 

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What an exceptional experience. Our guide Mfundo was excellent and knowledgeable, answering all our questions with a smile and great insight. A thank you to the whole Tenikwa team for the wonderful work that gets done for the animals. Thanks to Lee-Marque as well for helping with our exchange. Friendly and helpful! Definitely recommend to everyone.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a rehabilitation center, which deserves great credit. We (family of 4) had a safari lined up the days after our visit to Tenikwa, but I was sure we wouldn't get to see cats this close in the wild. I'm not a huge fan of zoos, which Tenikwa is not, but this place keeps its cats in a very... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, Tenikwa and our tour deserves 10 points. The work being done here and what you learn is unbelievable and all the people are committed to its mission. We felt honored to be part a day at Tenikwa. Now regarding our tour, the walk with the the cheetah, it was over the top! Our guide Ash was so... More 

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