The Photographic Combo affords you the opportunity to experience the best of the best by enjoying the experience of walking  with our cheetahs on their daily enrichment program, as well as a leisurely exclusive tour of the centre to see and photograph the rest of our indigenous cats of South Africa in natural setting.

This program is geared towards the photographic enthusiast as well as guests who would like to spend more time with the cats without the pressure of being in a group tour. It affords ample time and opportunity to photograph Africa’s wild cats in a natural setting and time enough to appreciate the beauty of the cats.

The  Photographic Combo is divided into two sections with a complimentary beverage and light refreshments included.

DEPARTURE TIMES

The Sunrise Photo Combo starts at 07h30. Guests must be signed in by 07h15.

The Sunset Photo Combo starts at 14h00. Guests must be signed in by 13h45.

The time of our Cheetah Walks coincides with the naturally active time of our cheetahs and is typical of natural behaviour in the wild.

DURATION

Allow 3.5 Hours for collection arrangements.

PRICE

R1160 per adult.
No persons under 16 years or 1.5 metres allowed on this program

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMBO POLICIES AND RULES

Children Policy

This program is not suitable for young children. For safety reasons, children must be 16 years and older to partake in the walk.  All persons joining the walk must be at least 1.5 metres tall.

Infants and toddlers may not be carried in backpacks by parents on the walk.

Should parents wish to do the walk but their children do not meet the height or age requirement, please contact us so that we can provide you with some alternative options.

Dress Code

Guests are requested to dress in comfortable clothing. Consider bringing a hat or sun protection as this program is conducted outdoors. The Cheetah Walk takes place over some ground which can be uneven and slippery. All guests are required to wear long trousers which cover their ankles for this part of the program. Long dresses or stockings are not an acceptable substitute for long trousers. Guests will be required to change into suitable attire before proceeding with the walk.  Closed, sturdy walking shoes (tackies, sneakers, hiking boots are all suitable) are required to be worn on the Cheetah Walk.

Bags, backpacks and camera bags must be locked in your vehicle or stored in one of our lockable cabinets as they are not allowed to be taken with on the walk or into enclosures.

Only subscription sunglasses are allowed on the walk.

Please consider bringing a hat or cap along for sun protection because the sun can be quite hot during summer. A light windbreaker is also good to include, especially for the Sunset Cheetah Walk as it can get quite chilly once the sun goes down.

Group Size

On the Cheetah Walk section of this program, the group size is 6 people walking with 2 cheetahs, or 4 people walking with 1 cheetah. There is ample time to enjoy your experience. If you would prefer an exclusive arrangement, please contact us as additional charges will apply. The photographic tour section of this program is exclusive to your group.

Fitness Policy

The Photographic Tour part of this combination program is easy and there are benches along the way to rest. A reasonable degree of fitness is required to keep up with the cheetahs who normally do take rests during the way.  If you feel that you may not keep up, or suffer from any type of illness that affects your mobility or fitness, please let us know beforehand so that we can do our utmost to accommodate you.

No walking sticks are allowed on the cheetah walk.

For safety reasons, pregnant woman are discouraged from taking part in the cheetah walk.

Difficulty - Moderate 70%

Weather Policy

This program is an all weather program. Rain jackets are provided in inclement weather.

No refund will be offered if you decide not to do the program because on the weather. Tenikwa reserves the right to cancel the cheetah walk in extreme weather conditions due to slippery terrain. In such cases, we will do our best to accommodate the rescheduling of your booking or offer a refund on the cheetah walk part of the program price.

No Touch Policy

Animal Contact Policy

During the walk our cheetahs are free to express natural behavior, and its a privilege to be so close but not to interfere with this special time of their day.

Our animal contact policy follows a strict code of ethics which is compiled to ensure that the human-animal encounter is in keeping with the natural behavior of the animal.

There is a no touching policy enforced on this combination program.

No Touch Policy

Photography Policy

This program is about enjoying our cats and taking beautiful photographs, but please respect our photographic protocols. Flash photography is prohibited and Flashes must be disabled. The animals will not be posed, restrained in any way, or forced to behave in an unnatural way for photographs. Selfie-sticks are not allowed in the enclosures. “Selfies” with the cats in the background are not allowed. Guests may not pose with the cats. The guides may not take photographs on your behalf whilst in the enclosures. Camera Bags are to remain outside the enclosures.

Guests are welcome to take photographs and video of their cheetah walk. Camera bags and camera backpacks may not be taken on the walk. Flash must be disabled at all times during the walk.  Sheepskin Fluffy Mufflers on microphones are not allowed as the cheetahs will bite them off!

Guests are not allowed in front of the cheetahs to take photographs during the walk. Selfie-sticks are not allowed to be taken on the walk.  Disrespectful poses with the cheetahs will not be allowed.

The Photographic Combo

Ample Time to Enjoy
R1160.00 Per Person

Guests must be 16 years and older

Guests must be 1.5 metres and taller

  • “A Relaxing Tour”

    Really enjoyed our tour at Tenikwa getting very close to the wildlife we saw at Kruger. The guides were great and emphasized the work the staff does in rehabilitation and the animals working hard to attract funds.

    Animals seemed very content and felt like we helped a good cause. Learn lot about behaviors, biology and other things for many different cats.

    We did the combo tour for the morning walk where we watched short videos about what to do and not to do on walks, walked the cheetahs in pair where you patiently trot along following your cheetah. Very close being able to walk with them take pictures and pet them. Highlifht of the trip.

    Presently surprised getting into habitats with other cats which was better than expected.

    Would recommend combo if you plan on going.

  • “Incredible”

    So much more than I expected. Very informative and excellent guide. We’ll worth a visit even if you intend to visit game reserves during your stay in South Africa

  • “Unique Non-Tourism Awareness Centre”

    A unique refuge and rehabilitation sanctuary, we were very impressed with Tenikwa, as fellow South-Africans in the Tourism industry we appreciate this great conservation project. The tour exceeded our expectations, the animals are well-kept in spacious enclosures that represent their natural habitat. Loved the different species of cats & close-up encounters with lion cubs and cheetahs. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made sure we understood that the animals were still wild animals, we did not feel intrusive at all, as these cats only experienced enclosed living, not another Zoo which was so great! Will definitely recommend to all our guests. Worth every penny!
    Would have loved to be shown the rehabilitation facility!

  • “Unmissable and unforgettable”

    This is one of the most enjoyable things we have ever done. Forget what rumours people tell you. The cheetahs take you for a walk. They are the most beautiful and calm cats. The other cats are also very interesting. We loved it.

  • “A wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary”

    We were offered the opportunity to visit Tenikwa at the last minute by our tour guide and when he told us we could walk with the cheetahs there was no question that we were going to do it(especially as it was our wedding anniversary).
    We did the general tour first,being allowed to go into the pens and photograph the wild cats and the servals and two of the cheetahs and then we returned to reception for our safety talk before starting our walk with 2 of the cheetahs(Chaka and Thandi)who were waiting patiently with their harnesses and leads on.
    As there we only 6 of us(a family of 4 and my husband and I)we had Chaka all to ourselves and he soon set off at a trot into the forest.Our guide was very good and when we told him we had walked with cheetahs before in Zambia he realised that we understood all about safety and that we would not do anything stupid and allowed us to walk on our own with this beautiful animal.
    We spent over an hour in the forest and then took them back to their enclosure to feed them and take some more photographs.We then went back to reception to enjoy the drinks we had ordered before leaving and had a chat with the owner.
    The experience was worth every penny especially as the money is used to fund the centre and is an anniversary we will never forget.

  • “Absolutely Amazing Morning Walk with the Cheetah Duma “Thunder”

    Had the low season luxury of what turned out to be a private bush adventure. It was fantastic. Just remarkable. Spent about 90 minutes with Mthobisi, Sizwe and Patrick; 3 superbly gracious, careful, knowledgeable guides and Duma. Soon after starting the “hike”, I realized the Cheetah was walking us not the other way around. I would have never imagined in all my years I would do something that would connect me with our natural environment in such a personal way. The 3 guides deserve a lot of praise ad a raise from the owners of the Centre. They truly exhibited a lot of love and care for these wondrous animals and made my experience absolutely unforgettable. Well done guys and thanks Tenikwa!

  • Walk with the Cheetahs at Tenikwa”

    Our group enjoyed several hours at Tenikwa where we were provided with excellent information regarding the animals that will live out their days at the Centre. We were given clear instructions by knowledgeable and personable staff on how to ensure our safety when we were ready to walk with the cheetahs. We each had several turns at holding one of the two leashes attached to each of the cheetahs and the guides answered our many questions. The owners, Len and Mandy, explained Tenikwa’s mission is to educate; not to breed or rehabilitate. We also had the opportunity to see African wild cats, caracal and servals. What a wonderful experience it was to learn more about and walk with these magnificent, inquisitive and gorgeous cheetahs!

  • “Tenikwa – An experience not to be missed”

    We spent a morning walking with the Cheetahs. The guides were brilliant the owners fantastic. Attention to detail and safety top class. Thank you for your wonderful work looking after our stunning cats. Will definitely recommend your establishment to everyone and when in Plett will pop in for coffee. Warm Regards Jenean and Famil

  • “Fantastic experience”

    The experience of a lifetime. We did the evening cheetah walk combo, so an informative tour of the sanctuary, meeting all the big cats they have there, actually entering the enclosures with some of them followed by a sunset cheetah walk. Our guides were Msizi and Jacob, who were both incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the the big cats in their care and the need for their conservation. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the cheetah walk, with Duma, the big male cheetah. It was incredible to be so close to a wild animal, a real privilege. Thank you very much to the centre and to Msizi and Jacob for a wonderful afternoon/evening. Highly recommended and well worth every penny.

  • Close Encounter”

    Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve is a charming centre to experience African Big Cats. They also have a rehabilitation centre on site where they rehabilitate injured animals found in the Garden Route. The work the staff does is extraordinary as the amount of care given to these animals is phenominal. Our guide Peter was brilliant in that he was very knowledgeable about the animals and the conservation work going on at Tenikwa. I will definitely recommend this place as my experience getting up close to a cheetah was a once in a lifetime experience and something i will treasure for the rest of my life.

  • “Photographic Tour”

    We did the photographic tour with Joel, I would recommend it as you go into the enclosures with a guide and are able to take great photos of the cats. Joel was very knowledgeable about the cats and made the tour very enjoyable.

  • “Amazing place! Definitely worth a visit”

    On family holiday down the garden route our guide suggested we visit here to see the big cats up close and personal. It was a brilliant suggestion the staff that showed us round were very well informed and capable of answering any questions. they also clearly enjoyed there job and the work they do with the animal.
    I thoroughly suggest you visit here you wont regret it!

  • “Outstanding visit”

    We loved this place so much we visited twice. First time we did the general tour which included some real up close experiences with the big cats including one of the cheetahs. It is a real pleasure to visit and see these beautiful creatures up close and personal! The staff were great, all seemed genuinely interested in animal welfare. It didn’t feel like a rip off like some places you visit. It is an extremely informative visit and still worth going to even if you are going to a game park as you are extremely unlikely to get as close as this to big cats.
    We came back early next day for the “dawn” cheetah walk, a truly special experience you are unlikely to experience in many other places, you walk with one of the guide and a cheetah on a long harness/lead, it’s an extensive walk around the site not afive minute wander. At the end we went back to fed the cheetahs their breakfast. An awesome place to visit well worth a visit, in fact don’t miss it!

  • “This is an absolute must-see visit!”

    Whilst perusing the “What to do in the Plettenberg area” we came across the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Being avid cat people, this seemed like a must-visit place, especially when we found that we could do something called a “Sunset Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Combo”. Cheetah Walk? Tell me more. Well, it turns out that what you actually get is an hour or more spent in the company of an extremely knowledgeable ranger who actually took you into the large cages where the wild cats live, with one exception, the leopard. So you get the opportunity to be up close and personal with African cats, most of whom are on the “Species Endangered” lists, including a couple of awesome (sorry), 4 ½ month-old lion cubs, one of which will grow up to be a white lion, and his regular-coloured sister. And you end up going into this enormous cage with two cheetahs. Then, it’s back to the main building to discuss how was that for you? But what about the Cheetah Walk…..OK, we’ve reached that point, the second part of the Combo. After a short safety film, it’s a case of girding one’s loins and following the rangers……..back into the cage where the cheetahs we saw earlier live. At the ranger’s call, they trot across to have their walking harnesses fitted, the door of the cage is opened and you are given a lead…..and off they go. It is emphasised that this is their walk, not yours, so you go wherever they want to go and they want to go off into the forest. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life as you would be able to tell if you could see any of the many photos that the Rangers took with our cameras. Our walk lasted about 1½ hours which I gather is about par for the course. Eventually you end up back at their cage and bid them a very fond farewell, aware that you won’t be doing anything like this anytime soon. If you have any feeling for cats (small or big, domesticated or wild) then this is an absolute must-see visit!

  • “Awesome experience”

    We booked the photo combo which included the cheetah walk as well as the opportunity to go with a guide into the animal enclosures to photograph them. The whole experience was amazing. The wonderful couple who run the centre are modern day Adamsons ( of Born Free fame ). They run the awareness centre to fund their refuge and rehabilitation scheme and it is not touristy at all. The animals that the public see cannot be released into the wild because either previously they have been kept as pets or they have been born in captivity. Taking the cheetahs for a walk was the most amazing and unique experience and one that will stay with us forever.

  • “Inspiring place”

    This a place where care, deep knowledge of conservation stand out: an unusually genuine place where you can be fully engaged with an ethically-centred experience of African cats and other animals.

  • “Who is taking who for a walk?”

    Had a great 3 hrs here today, seeing the cats and walking the cheetahs. Having walked with elephants and lions at other locations I have struggled with the staging and felt the animals were performing a little too much to fit in with timescales and spectical. So prior to visiting Tanikwa I was a little wary of pictures of cheetahs being walked on leads like dogs.
    The good news is that here there is no set timings or routes or tricks to perform. The cheetahs walk where they want, have a sit or a lay down where they want and when they want. We went out with two cheetahs today, the male did a big circle and then doubled back on himself and the female didn’t want to double back so lay down for twenty minutes. They are totally in charge and its a great thing to be part of it. The fact that you hold a lead is to comply with the law as you go off site. You do not pull on the lead or use it as you would on a dog. We had three staff with us at all times who were very informative and ensured the wellbeing of all.
    This is all about the cats as it should be. Great day

  • “Walking with cheetahs”

    My partner & I visited Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre on our recent holiday in South Africa & combined a one hour guided tour viewing at close hand the indigenous wild cats of South Africa with the unforgettable experience of walking with Thandi the Cheetah & her keepers Patrick & Msizi. To be so close to this wonderful animal & share her daily walk was a privilege, to be able to stroke & have her lick our hand while drinking from it was a memory we will always cherish. Her handlers Patrick & Msizi were very friendly & professional with our safety paramount.

  • “Breathtaking…..Fantastic!!!!!!”

    This is a place every cat lover should go to once in their life. At the Tenikwa Centre, we opted to go for the Cheetah Walk early in the morning. There are are very few things and places in the world that can give you this kind of an experience. Everyone that visits SA should definitely book a slot for this.

    From the time the Cheetahs came out with their trainers till the time I left Tenikwa I was in awe. They let you get so close to the Cheetah’s, you can actually touch them. It is amazing. The trainers let you take as many pictures as you want.

    I would go back to SA just to do the Cheetah Walk again. We visited Tenikwa in the first week of March 2014

  • “The Most Amazing Experience”

    This is by far worth a visit above all the other ones in the Crags. We spent 3 hours with our fantastic guide, Msizi and then joined by Joel who supported us with the Cheetah walk. We were not prepared to see the variety of animals and have close encounters with them. The sanctuary does great work and they are truly a refuge for all types of animals. They mourned the loss of a sea otter that was attacked by a shark. By far, we will always savor our experience.

  • “Great experience”

    Went as a group of 6 for the sunset Cheetah walk. At first we were a little skeptical that maybe we had booked one of these unethical wildlife tourist traps. We were relieved when we arrived at the centre and talked to the guides about the centre and mission statement. I think the centre should publish a little more information about the great work they do with their animal hospital.
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all out questions. When it came to the walk with Cheetahs, we felt very safe and they made the experience very enjoyable. One of the cheetahs was purring the whole time.it was a great experience and we certainly have a much greater appreciation and respect for big cats.

  • “Cats up close”

    We had had the pleasure of doing a few safaris before coming here, but the enclosures did not dampen the experience. The staff were proud as they should be of the education and assistance they’re providing to visitors and the animals. Other cats and wildlife we did not expect to see were also there for eg. African wild cats (which look like a domestic cat). Staff were very attentive to our group. When it started to rain within minutes we were provided with ponchos. Being able to photograph baby lions up close was a real treat also. This centre is very worth a visit.

  • “Fantastic experience’

    The experience of a lifetime. We did the evening cheetah walk combo, so an informative tour of the sanctuary, meeting all the big cats they have there, actually entering the enclosures with some of them followed by a sunset cheetah walk. Our guides were Msizi and Jacob, who were both incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the the big cats in their care and the need for their conservation. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the cheetah walk, with Duma, the big male cheetah. It was incredible to be so close to a wild animal, a real privilege. Thank you very much to the centre and to Msizi and Jacob for a wonderful afternoon/evening. Highly recommended and well worth every penny.

  • “Great experience!!”

    Great experience to visit this place, truly an awareness centre – not a zoo!
    Animals are treated very well, some wounded animals have found a home here and are well taken care of. You can truly feel the respect the staff has for all the animals here!

  • “Incredible experience and best guides ever!!”

    Went to the place this morning as it was on our way along the garden route. We are all from the UK and over to SA for a wedding/holiday.
    The reserve is amazing. All the animals are treated to the highest standard and the staff do so much to rescue and care for felines aiming to put them back into the wild if and when appropriate. They are very well kept in very big areas and fed as much as they need. They are clearly comfortable with people which is astonishing to see.
    Our guide was Senzo: an amazing gentleman who explained everything in plain English adapting his vast knowledge to the audience. He answered every single question with precision and professionalism. One can tell Senzo simply knows everything about his big cats, and not only that, he loves his job.
    I definitely recommend this experience. The reserve is well signalled along the route and the shortest walk is only an hour.

  • Trip Highlight!”

    Having read about the Tenikwa Wildlife Centre in the Lonely Planet Guide to South Africa, we had to visit, and were not disappointed; this is a MUST DO attraction. We booked onto a 2-hour photographic tour, with friendly and knowledgable guide Msizi, and had plenty of opportunity, 1:1, to view the big, and not so big, cats up close and personal, and to get some memorable photos to remember the trip with. A really good facility doing valuable work with rescued wildlife.

  • “Worth getting up at 5.45am to do the Cheetah Walk”

    Visited Tenikwa today – did the Cheetah walk and Big Cat Experience combo. The walk in the early morning was super – watching these cats stroll through the bush was simply gorgeous. Makes you realise how beautiful they are! And scary that there are so few left.

    We then toured the facility and saw all the other cats they have; our guide, Peter, was most informative and made the experience so much better with all his knowledge.

    Would recommend to both local and foreign tourists visiting the Plettenberg Bay/ Knysna area.

  • “Special Day”

    This place is really special, not only does it rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals but also works with communities to educate them. We didn’t do the cheetah walk but still got up close to the big cats. A wonderful time and definitely worth a visit, you will learn so much.

  • “Beautiful Cheetah Walk”

    OMW, there are so many words for our wonderful experience that morning. Thanks to Jacob, Msizi and Mthobisi for the great cheetah walk on that beautiful Monday morning. My heart was pounding from being scared and excited all at the same time. What a wonderful experience to walk with one of Gods beautiful creations and to be in their environment on their terms.

    Thank you Tenikwa for the work you do and the love and respect you show your family. Even though they are behind cages, they are cared for and loved and only their best at heart.

    Thank you most of all to the two beautiful cheetahs that allowed us to walk with them and hear the beautiful purr that came out of them. Awesome beautiful creatures.

    Keep up the good work Tenikwa.

  • “Cheetah walk combo”

    Yesterday I did the cheetah walk combo and it was a great trip. The guides Jacob, Mthobisi and Senzo did a very good job. They explained us everything about the animals and their behaviour and they told the people to follow the rules with the aim of protecting the animals. To me it is important to have centres like this to explain people how to treat nature and wild animals. I learned a lot and changed my mind about some points. Thank you for this unforgettable 3 hours of the day.

  • “Fantastic Place for Animal Lovers”

    This Wildlife Awareness Centre is absolutely Brilliant. We spent three quarters of a day there and that was not long enough. The whole set up is amazing. We did a Photographic Tour for two hours. Our ranger was excellent. His knowledge of the animals and their backgrounds was first class. His obvious love for the animals was inspiring. We had been promised great photographic opportunities and we were not disappointed. Their work with injured and orphaned animals and birds is heart lifting and some of the injuries to these poor animals brought tears to my eyes. I strongly urge every animal lover to visit this centre to appreciate exactly what they are trying to achieve. It manages to be fun and informative at the same time, not always easy to accomplish

  • “Awesome once in a life time experience!!!”

    I booked the Sunrise Cheetah Walk and Wild Cat Combo. Our guide was Joel and we were joined by Mthobisi for the cheetah walk. Joel took us around the centre and was extremely knowledge. He clearly loves his job and his enthusiasm is infectious. He is a real asset to the centre. We learnt a lot and got to see some of the great work that is being done to help sick animals in need. They are even using penguin prosthetics! The cheetah walk was amazing. The cheetah was beautiful and it was wonderful to be so close. Throughout Joel and Mthobisi were fantastic, they took lots of photographs for us and answered all of our questions. What was really reassuring was that throughout it was constantly made clear that the walk was about the cheetahs and not about us. I did some research about this experience before I booked as I did not want to do anything that was merely exploiting animals for profit. I discovered that cheetahs in captivity need to be walked. The places are limited and carried out at times of the day to suit the cheetahs and not the tourists!

  • “Amazing experience with the big cats of South Africa” 

    The staff at Tenikwa are fantastic and care greatly for each and every animal they look after. We were lucky enough to walk with the cheetahs which was a once in a lifetime experience and something I would recommend to anyone! We then had a tour around the sanctuary and were able to go in some of the cats enclosures which was fantastic. A truly amazing experience, thanks Tenikwa!

  • “You can’t stop smiling!”

    The walking with cheetahs is just fabulous, to be so close and watch them observing and listening the whole time is excellent. The other cats and animals are fascinating as well. Whether you agree or not with a sanctuary this is the future to save these animals and they all seemed well looked after. It gives us a chance to be up close and support their good work.

  • “Purrrrrfect Puddytats!”

    One cannot but feel so very privileged to actually take a cheetah for a walk! What an experience it was to interact with Zimbali and Chester, two of four cheetahs at Tenikwa. Joel, Patrick and Mzizi, our guides, were most competent and knowledgeable and the preservation of cheetahs was one of the many topics covered. Walking a cheetah on a leashed harness took a bit of getting used to! The best was sitting with Zimbali, scratching the scruff of her neck as her purring got louder and louder. It was so tempting to give her a hug! Note though – the rules must be adhered to at all times and if you can do that, then you are in for the experience of a lifetime.