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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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USD 65.36*
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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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Hours Today: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
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+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Tenikwa. The guides were excellent and very knowledgable and committed to their animals. We walked with the Cheetahs which was a great experience for us but I don't think they were very impressed! Good value for money.

Thank Caroline R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bert is the best guide!!! Very experienced, he can explain very well and is very sympathic!! Try to get him! Julia&Klaus @tenikwa: do You really know about Your wonderful employees? I hope, you do! Thanks a lot!More

Thank Schwoabenmadel
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and feedback. All of the Tenikwa staff are passionate about what they do and it definitely shines through :) We appreciate each and every one of the team. We are so glad you had a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very nice, interessting explaining tour, but you see animals are not in ther natural habitat. Its more a zoo. Skip the Cheetha Walk , this is absolutely unnatural.

Thank Stephan S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the rehabilitation centre in conjunction with the elephant sanctuary. Recommended and great what they are doing to rehabilitate animals (mainly penguins!) Our guide, Mthobisi, was very knowledgeable about the animals and the animals clearly recognised him when he passed. Undecided whether this is better...More

Thank Sajidah N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the photography tour when we visited. We were the only couple in the party for an 11.00 am trip and so got the full attention of Peter our guide. Firstly Peter was brilliant. He knew each animal, their history, the breed and could...More

Thank Drew F
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Drew, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to Tenikwa. Our photographic tour gives guests the opportunity to spend enough time with each of the animals, to get the chance to take quality photo's. Our guides are a very...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a wonderful morning experiencing the centre and all their spectacular inhabitants on a very personal level. To share the resident cheetah's early morning enrichment walk was magical, very educational and one of the true highlights of our trip to South Africa. Everyone at...More

Thank John B
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear John, Thank you very much for your positive review of Tenikwa, it is always wonderful to hear that guests found value in their visit! Our cheetah walk is a very special experience as you get to spend time with the cheetahs while they enjoy...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We paid for a personal guide and it was money worth spent. We did a 2hr tour with a guide, he gave us so much more information about his life and the animals. We were able to take very close up photos of the white...More

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MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our establishment and for visiting us. It is truly appreciated. Our private tours are a wonderful opportunity for our guests as they have a more intimate experience of Tenikwa. We hope you had a wonderful...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to Tenikwa while on the Garden Route. It’s purpose is to provide education and awareness about the indigenous wild cats of SA and the dangers they face from modern development. Our guide, Peter was very knowledgeable and passionate about the cats....More

Thank Cathie F
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Cathie, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our establishment and for visiting us. It is truly appreciated. We continue to invest in specialised equipment and upgrade our infrastucture as more and more species become endangered and rehabilitation becomes a management...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking with cheetahs is well worth doing and is a really good experience. The cheetah is certainly the the boss, if it wants to walk it walks, if it wants to sit it sits. It doesnt matter !! Being so close to this fantastic animal...More

Thank rentals576
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow, what fantastic feedback - it is appreciated. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. The walk forms a crucial element of enrichment for our cheetahs. Enrichment provides exercise and promotes the physical and mental well-being of our cheetahs in captivity. No...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thans to mister Mthobisi we had an amazing experience. If you ever visit South-Afrika this wildlife awereness centre should defenitely be on your to do list. You will see different wild cats upclose and you also learn a lot of them. Evereything for a good...More

Thank Daphne V
MandyFromSA, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Daphne, Thank you so much for taking the time in your journey to visit us and review us, your positive feedback is truly appreciated. Tenikwa will continue to invest in specialised equipment and upgrade our infrastucture as more and more species require our assistance...More

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Sophie A
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
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SurferKiwi
11 August 2015|
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Response from MandyFromSA | 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
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