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“THE place for cat lovers!!”

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Experience
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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 15, 2013

If you like cats, this is the place for you! It's not overly large and doesn't have a huge variety but you get very close to small, medium and big sized cats, the huge bonus being the cheetahs!

The caracals and leopard you get to view from outside their cages, the guide being very informative as to why this is the case! The caracal snarled at us quite a bit and the feathers scattered around the sleeping leopard proved the dove that wandered into his cage never lived to tell the tale!

The best part of the visit is going inside the cheetah's enclosure and getting to stand within about 8 feet of these graceful and beautiful animals.

You walk through the servals enclosure, they clearly love to play with the guides and the african wild cats.

Tenikwa also has rescued penguins, sea birds and baboons.

Thank dedicatedtraveller
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

If yo're a cat lover, then the cheetah walk is a must do, but if you can afford it, then the crazy cat day is one you have to do.

Morning and evening walks with the cheetahs, then spend all day with cheetahs, caracals, and servals, getting up close and personal and literally hands on. Where else in the world do you get the privilage to do something like this. Also, spend time behiind the scenes (I got to hand feed penguins, which isn't as easy as it looks)

Thank simonannitsford
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Great experience close to the Elephant Sanctuary. See the cheetahs up close, other small cats and baboons. Mid day is probably the least good time to visit, since the heat discourages the animals from roaming or lengthy activity.

Thank R88kra
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is just a magical few hours in a totally safe situation with fantastic guides. The reserve has other wildlife to add to the attraction.

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I am just looking at Christmas holiday photos and video, and reflecting on the amazing things we did and saw on our return trip to SA. But I think this really was an absolute highlight. We'd had a really disappointing wildlife trip elsewhere earlier in the week, and therefore were a little tentative - however a colleague of my husband who knows the area well had recommended it, and urged we did the walk.

Well! It was just stunning. We had the most gorgeous day, and went in the late afternoon, following an excellent personally-guided trip (1:4 ratio). Another couple walked with the other cheetah. The guides did everything they could to help us get group photos as we walked along.

We met the family afterwards who run this excellent establishment. They were keen to know if we'd had a good visit.

To observe and photograph at close quarters such a variety of well-kept cats, was simply stunning, and despite the fences, it never felt "zoo-like" maybe because of the arid location and bush.

Very well done. ;-)

Thank ShellyRM
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