Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Center

Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Center

Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Center: Our most recommended tours and activities

Wild Cat Experience 1-Hour Tour

1. Wild Cat Experience 1-Hour Tour

Join a guided 1-hour tour to get up close to the indigenous wild cats of South Africa, including servals, caracals, cheetahs, lions and leopards. Catch a glimpse of other animals such as meerkats, marabou storks, and many more. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see incredible wildlife, as you learn about conservation efforts in the region from your informative guide.  Follow your guide through the various habitats of the different cats as you listen to interesting facts about each species. See and photograph the wild cats at close range from within a walkway.

Plettenberg Bay: Private Guided Tour

2. Plettenberg Bay: Private Guided Tour

Be welcomed on arrival at the center and meet your personal guide, who will introduce you to the center and its conservation work with an educational video. Visit the Meerkat Meander afterward, where meerkats who have been confiscated have found a permanent home. Entering the leopard walkway with your guide, you will need to search to find the well-camouflaged leopard. See the cheetahs next, and learn about how their numbers are diminishing in the wild. Have amazing opportunities to take photographs of the cheetahs, leopards, caracals, and servals. Get a chance to go inside some of the enclosures (where it's safe), and be in close proximity to the cats. Finish your tour with a visit to the magnificent white lion when you take a walk high above on the lion walkway. Enjoy a leisurely-paced tour and plenty of opportunities to talk to your guide about the conservation work being done at the center and the animals that call it home. Re-visit your favorite cats a second time if you'd like.

Plettenberg Bay: Guided Forest Walk and Wildlife Tour

3. Plettenberg Bay: Guided Forest Walk and Wildlife Tour

Discover some of South Africa's most beautiful fauna and flora at the Tenikwa Wildlife Center. Your guide will welcome you and provide a breakdown of the planned activities for the day as you arrive at the center. Your outdoor adventure begins with a walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest. Follow your guide along ancient paths and learn about the historical logging activities that took place here. See giant hardwood trees, interesting fungi, and beautiful orchids as you make your way along the meandering paths towards mossy, pebbled streams. If you're lucky, you may spot a Knysna Loerie, or the rare and shy Narina Trogon, both native to the mature evergreen forests of South Africa. Discover the secret forest glade where giant tree ferns throw dappled light onto the forest floor, before returning to your allocated picnic area where you can enjoy a delicious freshly prepared picnic. After lunch, return to the wildlife center and go on a guided wildlife tour. Walk through the animals' habitats along elevated walkways where you can see and photograph the cats and other wildlife. Learn interesting information about each of the species and their role in promoting biodiversity from your guide.

Plettenberg Bay: EcoKidz Family Challenge Wildlife Tour

4. Plettenberg Bay: EcoKidz Family Challenge Wildlife Tour

The EcoKidz Family Tour is a fun educational tour to learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa keeping the kids engaged in conservation topics. Your guide will introduce you to each of the species like lions, leopards, cheetahs, servals, caracals, african wild cats and explain their characteristics and how each animal fits into the eco-system. The children learn about environment issues and how we can all help to have a healthier world. After the tour, the children are given educational material and they each get an EcoKidz Certificate.

Plettenberg Bay: Cats in Conservation Full Day Tour

5. Plettenberg Bay: Cats in Conservation Full Day Tour

Start your day at the Tenikwa Conservation Center helping the animal keepers with their early morning tasks as they do animal and enclosure checks around the center. Enjoy breakfast on the deck overlooking the cheetahs. Get to know the facility and the conservation work being undertaken there and get a tour of the place. Visit the different wild cats of South Africa accompanied by a guide and learn about the conservation issues facing the different species. Have some lunch, and then help out the guides in an enrichment exercise for the non-releasable animals, designed to keep up their quality of life in captivity. Enjoy a guided walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest if time and weather permit. Spend the afternoon helping the animal-keeping staff prepare food for the animals and accompanying them to watch the feedings. Accompany the staff as they secure the animals for the night at the end of the day. Have plenty of time to interact with the staff and find out all about their conservation efforts.

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What people are saying about Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Center

Overall rating

(27 reviews)

You should really support this farm! Injured animals are nursed back to health and released into the wild, and not shown to visitors. All the animals that live here in large enclosures come from zoos, private accommodation (some people really think they can keep wild cats at home and are then surprised when they are not tame) or from farms that have since been closed, where animals were only raised so that tourists could shoot them. Unbelievable!! The animals are really well treated here, you can see how much the keepers love their animals and how proud they are of them. Of course you are not allowed to touch the animals, which I personally think is very good. The guys really take a lot of time, pass on a lot of information about their animals and have no problem with going over the tour time. You should really support that!

We were the only visitors and were lucky enough to have a private tour. Our guide Davidson took a lot of time and explained everything to us in detail. Seeing the animals up close was very impressive. The cheetah in particular was only separated by a low fence, but that's not a problem at all, especially since she loves children. But of course the rule with all the animals is: please don't touch them. We were able to go into the serval enclosure and see the animals up close. There are also a few penguins. It was a great experience, especially for our 7-year-old daughter.

We had a wonderful experience. Sandile was a great guide, so knowledgeable. All the staff were fantastic & so passionate about the animals at Tenikwa, as well as the flora. So good to experience this superb educational facility. We will be back!! Thank you one & all.

Absolutely brilliant! Sandile made the experience extra special. His knowledge is brilliant and he was really good with our 7 yr old. He’s and asset to Tenikwa

Great experience. Learned a lot about the wild cats of Africa. Excellent service from the tour guide