My husband and I visited Tenikwa about three or four years ago and unfortunately we had a very uptight lady guide who obviously loved the cats but didn’t like the people too much. My husband who also loves the cats was so taken with the cats that he stepped on a twig which made just a slight noise and he was told to look where he was going as snapping twigs and walking too close to the grass etc might scare the cats. Needless to say we were then more concerned to look down and make sure that we didn’t cause any trouble so for us the experience was not such a good one on that occasion. A week ago we decided to give the place another chance and this time we had a male guide. He was informative with a good sense of humour and told us much more than the previous guide. We had such a good time – we were told not to approach the cats unless they approach us, and lo and behold, the serval came right up to my husband and rubbed himself around his legs. My husband reciprocated and scratched behind his ears which resulted in loud purring – it was just so special. We were lucky to see the leopard sunning himself and then perking up his ears as he heard food coming to the next enclosure – of course he then went off and waited for his food. By this time our tour was finished and as we came out of the restaurant we saw him eating – we walked just a tad closer and was then asked quite rudely by another female guide where our guide was. I told her our tour was finished and we were just having another look – the leopard’s cage is about 50 m from the restaurant and she said we were not allowed to look without a guide! For those who have read my reviews elsewhere on tripadvisor – I do not appreciate rudeness and it was just a pity that an otherwise perfect visit had to end like this.
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