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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 21 January 2017

If you have a couple of hours to spare and are fed up with the beach visit this Wildlife Awareness Centre - there are some amazing animals and stories.

Thank Kasler
Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is our fourth visit to Tenikwa and once again were overawed by the excitement of walking with the Cheetahs. This time our Cheetah was 'Cloud', who was just amazing; being very relaxed but at the same time knew he was in charge. Our thanks...More

Thank Diane H
Reviewed 20 January 2017

our guide , Ash was very knowledgeable and certainly knows his animals . very good place to visit although small , only takes a couple of hours ,

Thank april658255
Reviewed 19 January 2017

3 amazing hours. We were given detailed explanation of the animals care and it was very clear that the staff were very passionate about the animals they cared for as well has trying to help with conservation of all wildlife. Would recommend everyone to visit...More

Thank danielaY5079PB
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Our 6th Cheetah Walk here and 7th Visit overall. This place is just downright awesome. The guides are always helpful and informative.

Thank Will D
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I visited Tenikwa on 2nd January with my daughter who was visiting from Scotland. She is the ultimate crazy cat lady! And we both had a great afternoon.....we were the last people in the shop at the end of the day. I presume it was...More

Thank ClaireHiscox
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Houses most of the indigenous cat species in suitable enclosures. Very informative and slightly interactive as all the cats where raised in captivity. They serve as an educational center and not a breeding pen. They offer a range of packages that will suite all needs.

Thank Kevin D
Reviewed 16 January 2017

A place you can stop and be touched by heart. Reservations only essential for Cheetah walk Combos. Great place for children, wheelchair friendly and great lunch menu! accommodation also available!

2  Thank Estellllle
Reviewed 16 January 2017

If you love animals, this is the place to be. That awesome feeling being so close to a Cheetah, wow. Animals are very well looked after and facilities are spotless.

Thank Tracey F
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This is an excellent way to get up very close to the wild cats. It is also a 'not for profit' organisation and therefore you are contributing to a good cause. The cost per person was 200 Rand and as it was very quiet we...More

Thank keithY651
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Sophie A
5 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
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