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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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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
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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

I was lucky enough to volunteer at Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre in July 2017 for 3 weeks through a Travellers Worldwide. It was an amazing experience and I learnt so much about treating injured animals and birds and getting them back to wild....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had an amazing time there, and could learn many new information about cats with my guide Msizi. Certainly I recomend this visit for everyone that is driving through the garden route.

Thank Aline S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting and worthwhile trip. We just took the standard trip, no need to book in advance. The guide, Rikus, was knowledgeable and informative and we saw five types of big cats as well as meerkats and birds. Well worthwhile.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely tour with our guide Las who was knowledgable and passionate about the cats. A real priviledge to see these majestic animals up close

Thank JimCrossCountry
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Tenikwa, Owner at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review and mention of Las. It is indeed a privilege to be able to see these beautiful creatures in close proximity.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The guards are very knowledgable and it is great to being able to enter the cages where the cheetahs are kept. Also the white lion is amazing, what a beauty. It was a great excursion.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mfundo took us on the guided tour. He is a very knowledgable guide. He explained everything very well. We learned a lot from him. The experience of seeing all the wild cats was amazing, especially being close up (inside the cave) to a purring cheetah....More

Thank Albert L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to explore for an hour or two. We enjoyed the walking with cheatahs but note this is not suitable for under 13s.

Thank Shane O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our two girls aged 8 and 6. We got to see lions, cheetahs, leopards and caracals. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. My elder daughter was very sad that she couldn't go inside the cheetah enclosure, but they...More

Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a real sanctuary (by contrast to the nearby elephants place) and they also have a running hospital where they take care of animals and release them back in the wild (including penguins covered in oil). You don’t see this part but you get...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had pre-booked for an early morning walk with a cheetah with little knowledge of what to expect. It proved an amazing experience and we felt privileged to follow the cheetah named Dooma together with guides Mthoisi and N/Fundo who are caring knowledgeable and gracious....More

1  Thank Roger M
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kimbama
February 3, 2018|
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Response from swigle | Reviewed this property |
I did not book ahead. Arrived around 9:45am. There was only one other visitor at the centre. So although we only paid the standard admission price we got a "private" tour from one of the guides. So, my advice is to get... More
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Sophie A
January 6, 2017|
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Response from kiwigirli | Reviewed this property |
HI Sophie... there is loads of parking and defo try and see the animals either early morning or late pm when they are ready for their dinner. The cheetah walking is fab, we spent a whole day at Tenikwa and loved it so much... More
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