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“Most special experience`”

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
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Most special experience`”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

We visited the centre for the early sunrise combo. The walk with the cheetahs were amazing and a truly define experience. The tour afterwards of the different animals was also great! I would strongly recommend this to anyone as a bucket list item!

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Interesting educational option”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Our children are 9 and 11, so we were limited to the regular tour. The children enjoyed seeing the 'big cats' up close and the lecture by the ranger/guide was informative and interesting. He answered our questions carefully and seemed quite engaged in the work the Centre is doing. Overall, I came away feeling as though the Centre had accomplished exactly what it is meant to do: raise awareness and educate.

Visited December 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Unbelievable to be so close to Cheetahs!”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

This was a very interesting experience. Being in a Cheetah enclosure with 2 adult cats being a few feet from where you are standing, with no protection was a bit un-nerving but an unforgettable experience. Being able to see the other cats, going into their enclosures and seeing them up close was a amazing and also seeing the beautiful male leopard.

Visited December 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Awesome experience”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We booked the sunset combo and were not disappointed.
We tour is very knowledgeable.
There was not one question they could not be answer by the rangers concerning their animals.
After we had a one hour tour through the sanctuary we could wait any longer and we very curious.
The cheetahs are so relaxed and calm.
There are certain rules you have to follow but than it is just awesome to walk with these cats.
It is a very unique experience you should not miss.
Besides the cheetahs we had an experience with a snake with was not planed that way but it is Africa and the ranger handled it very professional !!
We come back - thank for the awesome experience

Visited December 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great place :)”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Had a great time here and saw some of South Africa’s more elusive Big Cats. Got to stand in a Cheetah enclosure which was amazing! Just don't turn your back :) Our guide was so knowledgeable and seemed so happy and helpful. The video they show you at the beginning is a real eye opener to some of the problems some of these gorgeous animals face. Had a great visit!

Visited December 2013
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