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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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Hours Today: 07:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This is my 6th visit here. Always. Pleasure to visit. They do great work here. Had an amazing encounter with one of the gibbons.

Thank temeintjes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Very enjoyable visit. The Centre is trying to make people aware of why the wild cats of South Africa are endangered and the work they do to rehabilitate injured animals. A ranger gives you a tour of the cat enclosures and you can go into...More

Thank chrisV2461PG
Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is a wildlife awareness centre, not a wildlife park or zoo. It is designed and run to raise awareness of, particularly, African big cats and their place and plight in modern Africa and to rescue and rehabiltate injured wild animals and then return them...More

Thank Steve G
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Our guide was very knowledgable with lots of local stories. We saw the cats really up close. They all do a great job towards animal conservation and appreciation. A great expeirience I'm just sorry we could not take some of the cats hone with us.

Thank Judy W
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We visited Tenikwa in January 2017 to see and experience the seven wild cats of Africa. We thoroughly enjoyed it and were delighted to be able to go inside the compound to visit several of the animals. The highlights were getting close to the cheetahs...More

Thank BarrySLee
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I love wildlife but am not keen on zoos. So, I booked the photo tour with a little intrepidation as I wasn't sure what to expect. I found informed, passionate people who are really trying to educate the public, farmers and school children about the...More

Thank Gillian M
Reviewed 25 January 2017

It was great to be here with the children-3 and 9. I would have liked that the children could interact with the cheetahs, but it wasn't possible: depending of the tour that you chose, either they waren't allowed to go into the cage because they...More

Thank thurg23
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We walked with cheetahs! Our two youngest were unable to do this but were taken to look after little meerkats and penguins and had a great time whilst we were gone. They look after you very well here. The guides are very informative and the...More

Thank JAtters
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Where else could you go in the world where you can go in the enclosure and photograph the most beautiful wild cats up close and personal, and feel so safe. We were within touching distance of cheetahs, cerval and caracal, it was unbelievable. An experience...More

Thank patbond2222
Reviewed 23 January 2017

What an incredible place with people so dedicated to protecting wild cats, from serval to lions, doing a fantastic job of highlighting conservation as well as educating.

Thank Shadbolt13
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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
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