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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
09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre offers your guests the opportunity for a...

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre offers your guests the opportunity for a close, safe, inter-active encounter with all of the lesser cats of South Africa, as well as Cheetah and Leopard. We guarantee sightings of African Wild Cat, Blackfooted Cat, Serval, Caracal, Cheetah and Leopard. 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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USD 18.16*
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
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USD 45.79*
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USD 181.60*
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Wild Cat Animal Keeper for the Day and Tour

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Passion is clearly evident!

Our family had a brilliant time at the center. The passion and commitment to the wildlife is so evident. Animals look so healthy and content. The staff are amazing. We had a... read more

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family had a brilliant time at the center. The passion and commitment to the wildlife is so evident. Animals look so healthy and content. The staff are amazing. We had a brilliant, caring and fun guide, Ash, who took us on our walk. He went out his way to bring the cheetahs over to meet my youngest as he... More 

Thank cathygee75
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here on the recommendation of our guesthouse on a damp and overcast day in Plett. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Not often you get the opportunity to see some of these beautiful animals so close. Gift shop also had some nice souvenirs.

Thank CandyB101
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The animals are happy, playful, well looked after. Our guide, Ash, was incredibly informative and made the experience even more fun. Thanks Tenikwa, we will definitely be back!

Thank Tammy O
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had seen many of the big cats in the wild, but wanted to get more of a personal experience and for our children to understand a bit more about them. we visited on a day when the weather was poor - raining on & off - but this did not affect the day at all. In fact, it made... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped by Tenikwa for an early morning walk recently and I have to say that Duma and Zeus, the cheetahs we walked with, were possibly the happiest and most well-cared for animals we have ever met. The entire project is extremely well thought out, and it rescues/rehabilitates all manner of animals, not just cheetahs. Our walk with the cheetahs... More 

Thank chenry999
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an amazing experience with Joel as our guide! We were able to go into some of the cages with the big cats, and also around the back of the leopard cage for an incredible close up experience. Would absolutely recommend this tour.

Thank Narelle B
Swartberg, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took my son to Tenikwa as his dream has been to interact with cheetah. We were so impressed with the friendly staff and also the well kept animals and their environment. Mfundo our guide was extremely knowledgeable and he was very happy to answer all of my sons questions. It was a fabulous experience!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a centre that rehabilitates and rescues animals, in particular cats. It has an animal hospital on site but visitors cannot go here as they try to limit contact with humans so they can be released into the wild. The animals you see are ones that cannot be returned to the wild. You get to go in the enclosure... More 

Thank ShelleyG2
Sliema, Malta
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Msizi my guide who is dedicated and very knowledgeable took me around the Centre and described with dedication the treatment these special wild cats are given. Having already been found in difficult circumstances they are treated and given a home in a carefully thought ambiance as close as possible to the natural surroundings they are given. You can photograph the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place to learn and understand about the work that needs to be done to look after the animals in this country. Amazing work and a priveledge to have visited this fantastic place Sue

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