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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

#2 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
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
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a wonderful couple of hours at the wildlife centre, and our guide Nlsizi made our visit very special. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the wildlife, not only in the centre but in general in Africa, and what is being done...More

Thank Beaulieu99
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

The owners are very passionate about conservation and you can see this by how their animals are treated. This is an incredible opportunity and one way of getting close yet not too close to these majestic creatures. We took the walk with the wildcats tour...More

Thank Chutzpah78
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We turned up at lunch time and since there were no other visitors we had a guide to ourselves and he couldn't have been better. Having just completed his trainings and his exams (at 95%) we found him to be personable, knowledgable,e and caring of...More

Thank Skippy50
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We recently visited Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and having entered the enclosures of several different wildcats (servals and caracals) and seen a white lion and leopard up close, we then had the most amazing experience of walking with two cheetahs. We were accompanied by rangers...More

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 7 January 2017

You don't feel that the animals are in captivity. It is a real Wildlife Awareness Centre. We had a wonderful time, learned a lot, had lifetime experiences.

Thank Murat B
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Walked, groomed and fed cheetahs. Bandaged and got bit by a penguin. Performed minor surgery on a meerkat. Discovered why HoneyBadgers are scary. Awed by the beauty and terror of a white Lion. Learned so much. We did the Crazy Kat package, a full day...More

Thank ArvD
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Fabulous way to learn about the wild cats of southern Africa - particularly loved seeing the servals, cheetahs, caracals and leopard up close Joel was a great guide - very informative and also devoted to the animals at the centre

Thank Matthew K
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Seeing the furry 5 close up was something very very special - especially when we were able to walk in the enclosure with the cheetah. Also able to see a jaguar close up. Sizwe our guide was fantastic - probably the best guide we have...More

Thank richaus
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful way in one hour to see all of Africas cats, in our case beautifully explained by our guide Peter! (Recommend you ask for him by name).

Thank Manuel V
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Don't be fooled by it's title - this full day's programme is one not to be missed! We were greeted by our guides, Sizwe & Boniwe, who gave us a brief out line of our day's activities & showed us a safety video. First call...More

Thank Paul T
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Sophie A
Hi there, I am looking to visit in May 2017 any time after 11am and would like to do the combination "tails and trunks" tour. I would also like to do the afternoon walk with cheetahs - is there a package for this? Also, is there parking on site as we will be travelling by car. Many thanks for your help.
6 January 2017|
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Response from ShaunaEMR | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sophie There is plenty of parking, and, in terms of your package requirements, perhaps call Tenikwa as I found them to be very accommodating. The cheetah walks are either at 7.30 am or 3.30 pm ( around feeding time) so... More
Hi Len & Mandy. We are heading your way (so lucky to be staying at Hog Hollow) 3rd and 4th November 2015. We are all really excited about visiting your superb sanctuary. Our son will be 10 years old and is 1.5 metres tall. He is very well behaved and a budding zoologist, reading wildlife magazines every month. He is also very sporty fit kid. Do you think it would be possible for him to join us on an evening combo wildcat experience and a walk with the cheetahs? Regards, Steve and Christine Gardner
11 August 2015|
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Response from MandyFreeman_Tenikwa | Property representative |
Hi Steve & Christine, Thanks for your email. We are looking forward to hosting you. Unfortunately, your son is too young for the cheetah walk. He needs to be 16 years for this. We can keep him busy though whilst you go on... More