A tour of Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is an ideal add-on to any safarior wildlife lover’s itinerary. Centrally located, Tenikwa is unusual in that it rehabilitates terrestrial and marine creatures, and offers visitors an opportunity to be up-close to 6 of South Africa’s 7 indigenous wildcat species.
Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre specialises in the rehabilitation and conservation of indigenous South African wildcats. Foremost, this Garden Route wildlife sanctuary exists to mend injured creatures, not only wildcats, and reintroduce them back into the wild wherever possible.
Wildcat tours at Tenikwa begin with a guided Sunrise Cheetah Walk. Limited to 6 adults (or children taller than 1.5m,) the experience lasts 1.5 hours as guests accompany 2 cheetahs on a meander of the cats choosing. Most guests then move on to the Wildcat Experience.
This is a 1-hour guided walking tour, suitable for the whole family and otherly-abledvisitors. First, guests are taken through the educational awareness centre before meeting servals, caracals, leopards, African wildcats, black-footed cats, and cheetahs in enclosures specially designed to mimic the cats’ natural habitat. If you’re not an early-riser, opt for the Sunset Cheetah Walk that concludes with sundowners, snacks, and a chance to learn about the plight of Africa’s threatened cats from Tenikwa’s owner-managers, Len and Mandy. Other tours on offer are an exclusive 4-person wildcat photographic safari, and a full-day Crazee Cat experience where you’ll enjoy 2 cheetah walks, a wild cat tour, and spend time with the keepers during their daily routine.
Visitors to Tenikwa can also see marabou storks, blue cranes (South Africa’s national bird), endangered African penguins, and meerkats. Education is central to Tenikwa’s conservation message, and their non-feline residents are valuable in educating guests on biodiversity and the interconnectivity of species within the food chain.