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“Great place, must visit”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Wild Cat Experience Tour
Ranked #2 of 14 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
Aarschot, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great place, must visit”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

People are doing a great job in Tenikwa. You really have a great experience being so close to the animals. Moreover they really want to raise some awareness too. I would highly recommend going around 4, as it is feeding time. All animals are very active and it was great seeing the leopard tear his food apart. The cheetas are very adorable and really don't seem to mind human company. The cages are huge for the animals and they seem very happy to me. Highly recommended

Visited November 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Sunset walk with cheetahs”
Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

We had the sunset walk. Booked on line before we arrived. It is a wonderful experience - the cheetahs are awesome and the guides are brilliant at using your camera to get loads of photos. It is an unforgettable experience. Go for it!

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

this is the kind of story you like to tell folks when you get home - "we walked and petted" adult cheetahs...the staff was so, so good...I learned a great deal...one of the things saddened me - how Africa is loosing its animals

Visited November 2012
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Frome, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Walking with Cheetah - Amazing !!! 12/10”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

We had a tour and walk package (booked before we left home). The tour of the facility was great, and very informative. If you like photgraphy you'll love this place.

We then waited a while for our walk with cats. Just 6 people with 3 guides. These cats are still dangerous and a good safety talk was given prior to the walk. The cats were fed with us in the pen and then leashes attached and away we went. No words can describe the experience. A MUST DO in the craggs.

The whole team at Tenikwa were very friendly and well informed. A fantastic day worth every penny...

Visited November 2012
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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Walking with a Cheetah, Fantastic!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Just the thought was scary but we did it! There are a few rules you have to stick with as the Cheetah is in control. This made us feel that it was not cruel in anyway the Cheetahs took control and they loved it as much as we did. You have to do this!
All I can say is Cheetah coming through.......

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Neish
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