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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

Rescued big cat and other animal location. Great photo opportunity and nice to know that you are helping the animals. Tour guide was excellent, we did the private photo tour for 2 hours and it was well worth it,

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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I did the Crazy Cat Day on the 21/5/18. Our guide, Sizwe Harnely was so informative and made our day so enjoyable and memorable. It made us so aware of Lion Exploitation and how they don't turn any animal away that may...More

Thank 706Cindy
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CuratorZ257, Guest Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you Cindy Wannenburg, for your contribution to our conservation efforts. We are happy to know that Sizwe and Hanlie gave you a very vivid picture of the work we do and all efforts we make to rehabilitate these animals. Our efforts are successful because...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Restored our faith in the concept of ethical wildlife sanctuaries and their ability to be beneficial to wildlife and educational for people. Enjoyable and enriching experience! We left feeling incredibly positive. Special thank you to our guide Sizwe!

Thank Ashleigh D
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The place is a wonderful centre with beautiful animals, Las was a great guide and they always say about the importance of preservation of the animals environment.

Thank Mariana L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic guide and tour around the park. Animals look healthy and park well maintained. We had a toddler and so couldnt go into cheatah enclosure for safety reasons but the cheatah did come close to the fence. They have a hospital for wild animals in...More

Thank purplegazer
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was the second time I did a tour at tenikwa. This time Msizi was our tour guide. He showed great knowledge and I felt his deep connection to the cats. The center itself improved a lot since my last visit over 10 years ago....More

Thank surfingdude
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We never knew so many species of big cats lived in Africa and you can see them all here at this sanctuary. Our favorite is the male white lion. Our guide was enthusiastic, taught us a lot about each species, and clearly cares very much...More

Thank Carolyn M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited Tenikwa 3 times and this time went with my 20 year old son. The experience as always was magical. The cats beautiful. Our guide - Mthobisi - was so passionate about the animals and so knowledgeable! We just loved every minute and...More

Thank Jane L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Tenikwa in late April with two kids (ages 10 and 12). It was easy to find and offered a very friendly and informative tour and a chance to see a range of big cats up close. We had an excellent guide in Msizi...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guides Las and Sizne were excellent, imparting information and ensuring our safety at all times. The overall experience was just wonderful. Quite humbling to be in the presence of such a majestic animal walking behind Duma on his evening stroll. Plus all the staff...More

Thank Christine F
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kimbama
3 February 2018|
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Response from swigle | Reviewed this property |
I did not book ahead. Arrived around 9:45am. There was only one other visitor at the centre. So although we only paid the standard admission price we got a "private" tour from one of the guides. So, my advice is to get... More
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Sophie A
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Response from kiwigirli | Reviewed this property |
HI Sophie... there is loads of parking and defo try and see the animals either early morning or late pm when they are ready for their dinner. The cheetah walking is fab, we spent a whole day at Tenikwa and loved it so much... More
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