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“Love cats - must come here”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in The Crags
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We discovered this place when we enquired about Birds of Eden... We heard that walks with cheetahs were available - but the idea of spending hundreds of rand walking with cheetahs wearing harnesses was unappealing then we found out about photographing the cats. This meant an early start to arrive for 0730 for 2 hours worth with cheetahs, servals, caracals, the leopard and the african wild cats....We got close to all the animals, managed to see some environmental enrichment and interaction, the cats looked well looked after - and the wild cat - it wasn't just wild it was an angry cat....Staff delightful - great cafe.... A great time and many hundreds of images made. Only disappointment was that the stay didn't go for longer than 2 hours....

Thank WelshwizardK10D
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We were in Tsitsikama for our wedding anniversary, and Tenikwa was one of the MUST do on my list for the day. It was amazing to be so close to these cats. I would have love to walk with the cheetahs, it would have made the day even more spectacular. The guide was very professional.

Thank TherinaGrobler
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

This center was the highlight of our day in the area. Not only can you do an hour tour to see all the different cats in South Africa you can also book to walk with the cheetahs. We did both and it was well worth the cost. You don't actually walk the cheetahs, they walk you for about an hour to hour and a half. In our group of 6 we had Shaka and his sister Tundy to walk with. When we got to their enclosure Tundy was sitting at the gate waiting and purring her head off. Her brother was also in his harness and was ready to go. You are only allowed to stroke them when they lay down or stop but after about the first half hour both cats stopped frequently and you were then able to get some amazing pics with them. You MUST stay behind and to the side of them so can't actually give them a cuddle around their neck OR take a pic into their face but we came away with great shots. At no time did I feel the cats didn't want to be part of this. All the cats in the center are well looked after and I am so glad I took the time to get up close and personal with them. From the guide that goes with you I learned alot that I never would have heard before.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We decided to visit Tenikwa for a day's outing whilst staying in Knysna for a few days. They have been operating for about 5 years and have worked tirelessly to get the place up and running into an amazing centre. We had an hour's guided tour where we were taken into the runs with some fo the animals. Our guide - Jacob - was extremely knowledgable with a great sense of humour. We had lunch there as well - admittedly the service was slow, but they are working on that - but we had the most amazing doortstop toasted sandwiches - made with homemade bread (which doesn't cut well). They were great. The running of the centre depends on tourist support and I would wholeheartedly recommend this for an outing. The fee is applicable for the guided tour, and you don't get to see the cats unless you go on that.

Thank mamakudu
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Spent a pleasant time here getting close to the cats that are well cared for and content. Knowledgeable guide and snack lunch in the cafe area. We drove up from Knysna in about 40 minutes. It was well worth the trip. I wish we had time to do the walk.... Maybe next time?

Thank Tobehonestwithyou
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