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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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US$68.97*
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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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
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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 2 days ago

Lifetime experience and what a great way to see all of the animals of South Africa. Of course we wish ALL of the animals were in the wild but when they do a good job of educating people how they got there (sad stories), at...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow, what a lovely experience. The highlight being a walk with the Cheetah. Patrick,our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. After our walk he showed us around the other cats mainly the white lion and leopard.More

Thank Karen_0464
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Karen, thanks for your review of the Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Combo. I am glad that you enjoyed the walk and Patrick was knowledgeable when showing you the rest of the indigenous cats of South Africa. The Wild Cat Experience gives the opportunity...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Revisited Tenikwa as we were staying the area again and took friends with us this time. Just as exciting the second time around. The cats are beautiful and the guides friendly and extremely knowledgeable.More

Thank wearybanker
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Its always great to know that we have return visitors and that you felt the visit was equally as rewarding as the first time you visited Tenikwa. Thank you for a great review and confirmation that we ticking the boxes when it comes to meeting...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Tenikwa is an educational centre where you can get up close to a variety of wide cats (leopards; cheaters, lions and others) that cannot be returned to the wild so are now used to teach tourists and locals. It offers several different tours from short...More

Thank Scarybird
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review of Tenikwa. We are glad that you chose to do the Photographic Tour which is a private tour. This tour provides a relaxed time with each of the indigenous cats to learn about them with a focus on getting great...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Tenikwa a week ago during our 3 day stay at Hog Hollow Lodge. We were very impressed with the way the animals were looked after and neither of us like zoos and to us it didn't feel anything like a zoo. One of...More

Thank robingraham02
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Robin and Graham, Thank you for your review of your visit to Tenikwa. We are glad that you enjoyed the tour and thank you for your feedback of your guide Mfundo. Although our animals are in captivity and can never be released, out of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really difficult to review. I feel very torn about Tenikwa. On the one hand I have no doubt that the owners and staff are totally committed to the welfare and rehabilitation of the animals in their care. On the other hand, throughout my...More

Thank RichardAck1960
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Richard, Thank you for your review of your visit to Tenikwa, and also I appreciate the fact that you recognise our commitment to the welfare of the animals that cannot be released and our efforts with regard to rehabilitating the ones that do have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We are staying at a B&B in Knysna and had a day free (today). Decided to do the Wildcat Experience at Tenikwa which is only about 40-50min easy drive. Walked in and joined the next tour (they run every 30mins). Had a brilliant guide, Msizi,...More

Thank Nickdc3
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Nick, we are so glad you decided to take the trip out to Plettenberg Bay and visit Tenikwa. Msizi is one of our long-standing guides and son of one of our oldest employees and I agree that he is brilliant but also very connected...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found a folder about Tenikwa in our BnB in Wilderness. A must see according to our host. It was an amazing experience. We were alone on the experience tour with the guide Mthobisi because it is low season atm. During an longer than scheduled...More

Thank Joep v
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Joep, I am so glad that you discovered our brochure in your Bed and Breakfast and decided to take the advice of your host and join us for a Wild Cat Experience at Tenikwa. Mthobisi is a passionate and knowledgeable guide and we are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here whilst on our honeymoon in South Africa. We had a spare day so booked the wild cat cheetah combo experience. The first half was a tour around the reserve with the tour guide. We looked at all the different cats and the...More

Thank emmasam2010
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Emma and Sam, thank you for your review of the Cheetah Walk Combo program that you did at Tenikwa. I am so glad that you enjoyed the experience, especially the Cheetah Walk. I think it is important that guests also experience the various cats...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

All too often we visit certain places along the way on our travels for the experiences we hope to have and sadly because of this a great many places will exploit animals for this purpose. Tenikwa most certainly doesn't!! It is so unique that one...More

Thank Karen C
MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Karen, every so often a special guest visits us who understands exactly what our centre is about, and clearly you are one of those people who are completely in tune with our objectives and ethos and connected with the spirit of Tenikwa. People are...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 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
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