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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 4 days ago

My husband is a keen photographer Mthobisi was our guide- he was truly excellent , patient & knowledgeable and returning to tease out the reluctant cheetah for my husband to photograph. It was a well paced tour & his skills enabled my husband to take...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed the private sunrise tour and cheetah walk with Ash at Tenikwa. It also happened to be my birthday and it was a great choice for celebrating the day. We learned a lot from Ash and loved just standing and watching the amazing animals...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the story of Spirit, a beautiful animal that's life changed when his name changed. The stories we are told during an animal communication forum were amazing. When we walked around Tenikwa we loved observing the animals and connecting with them. I think the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything about this place is great. The very idea to join the big cats in their living area is exciting. But a forest walk with a chitah, is bryond any imagination. Don't miss it!

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TenikwaAdmin, Guest Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Levi for your rating and review. We do what we do with great passion for the Cats and Wildlife in the area.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The park is well maintained and the enclosures are big. Our guide Mthobisi was courteous, lovely and knowledgeable- he made the tour very enjoyable. Beautiful animals and a great day out.More

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TenikwaAdmin, Guest Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Trinevos Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a beautiful review. We have a very dedicated team and Mthobisi has been a great part of the team for a number of years. As one of our senior guides he...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

My tenikwa experience was exceptional. My family loved it especially the lions. My husband went into the cheetah enclosure which was amazing.We saw animals that u dont always see when in zoo'seill go back there anytime.

Thank Aneesa M
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CuratorZ257, Guest Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you Aneesa for your review and we are pleased to know that you had a fulfilling time with our Wildcats. Our focus is wholly dedicated to the African Cats and our enclosures kept as natural as possible to resemble the wild itself.

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Rescued big cat and other animal location. Great photo opportunity and nice to know that you are helping the animals. Tour guide was excellent, we did the private photo tour for 2 hours and it was well worth it,More

Thank walawton
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TenikwaAdmin, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Walawton Good to hear you enjoyed your private tour, the tour was designed for the photo enthusiast who enjoys nature and appreciate wildlife conservation. We are indeed very passionate about the work we do and so great to hear you saw the helping hand...More

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

My husband and I did the Crazy Cat Day on the 21/5/18. Our guide, Sizwe Harnely was so informative and made our day so enjoyable and memorable. It made us so aware of Lion Exploitation and how they don't turn any animal away that may...More

Thank 706Cindy
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CuratorZ257, Guest Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

Thank you Cindy Wannenburg, for your contribution to our conservation efforts. We are happy to know that Sizwe and Hanlie gave you a very vivid picture of the work we do and all efforts we make to rehabilitate these animals. Our efforts are successful because...More

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Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Restored our faith in the concept of ethical wildlife sanctuaries and their ability to be beneficial to wildlife and educational for people. Enjoyable and enriching experience! We left feeling incredibly positive. Special thank you to our guide Sizwe!More

Thank Ashleigh D
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TenikwaAdmin, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Ashleigh, Thank you so much for the great feedback, we truly appreciate it as well as your valued support. I am glad we were able to restore your faith and renew your support for wildlife conservation. We pride ourselves in our animal husbandry and...More

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Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

The place is a wonderful centre with beautiful animals, Las was a great guide and they always say about the importance of preservation of the animals environment.More

Thank Mariana L
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TenikwaAdmin, Public Relations Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Mariana I’m so happy to hear that you found our staff warm and friendly and had a wonderful experience with us. Thank you for taking the time to write us the feedback and your beautiful compliment will be relayed to Las and the rest...More

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kimbama
February 2, 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 5, 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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