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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Ranked #2 of 15 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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 9, 2012

I think this is a great centre for local children to learn about the cats in South Africa. I am not comfortable with a leopard being kept in such a small enclosure, but meeting the cheaters was amazing.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We visited the Centre and enjoyed it very much. The guide were very knowledgable, knows the animals, their behaviour and hiding places and ensured that we stay safe while taking beautiful photos.

It is wonderful to know that these cats are cared for and rehabilitated prior to being placed back in the wild. They are so graceful and well cared for.

We loved Felix - seeing him play and know that with the correct prevention of unnesesary killings by farmers his species can be saved for the the future.

It is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This really is an incredible place for someone interested in animal behavior. I never would have imagined that a cheetah would be taking me on a walk for more than an hour and that I would be able to study him so closely, watching his reactions to the sounds and smells of his world and trying to see the world through his eyes.
Apart from taking such an amazing walk, there's also a separate visit inside several enclosures for different wild cats. Though you can't touch them and interact as you can with the cheetah, it's still quite a unique experience, not least because you see how differently they react. (Mild hissing from the reclusive little African Wild Cat versus the very loud and friendly purring from the big female cheetah!)
What's even more admirable about this reserve is that they use the revenue from the cat visits to fund the hospital and rehabilitation center where they take in all sorts of injured animals from the region, from penguins to baboons.

Thank Jim F
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Tenikwa does some nice work in rehabilitating animals. Was cool to see the cats up close and personal. The meerkats were fun!

Thank Stephanie P
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I had a morning walk with two cheetahs and it was an experience I will always remember. The guides Jacob and Brian were great.

Thank Soeren S
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