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Tenikwa is open to the public during Lockdown-level 1. Strict CoVid protocols are in force to ensure our guest and staff safety. Our CoVid protocols can be downloaded from the drop-down “Home” Menu on our website. Due to the constraints brought about by the CoVid Pandemic, we are offering the following programs until further notice – 1 hour Wild Cat Experience, 90 minute EcoKidz Family Challenge, 2 hour Private Tour and Cats in Conservation Full Day program. Our accommodation is available for booking. If you would like to visit our centre as a day visitor, please assist us to schedule your tour by phoning in on 082-4861515 or 044- 5348170 to arrange an expected arrival time, or take advantage of our discounted on-line booking rate for The Wild Cat Experience only available on our website.

We thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Wildlife Tours in Plettenberg Bay

Tenikwa offers accommodation and wildlife tours to see the indigenous cats of South Africa and other local wildlife. We are located a short drive from Plettenberg Bay. The pristine Garden Route in the Western Cape province of South Africa is well known for its many natural attractions, protected National Parks, and vibrant coastal eco-tourism activities. Tenikwa, through its wildlife rehabilitation expertise, plays a crucial role in providing rehabilitation and recuperation facilities where injured or abandoned wildlife can be rehabilitated according to strict rehabilitation protocols, so that they are given a second chance to be returned to the wild where they belong.

Accommodation, Day Tours, and Overnight Experiences

Tenikwa has extended our offering to include overnight experiences, with accommodation in the Tenikwa Nature Lodge and adjoining family suites, so that guests may stay at Tenikwa and enjoy a complete nature experience. For day visitors, we offer  a selection of conservation based wildlife tours to suit all interests and budget. All activities have an educational focus on the indigenous wild cats of South Africa, the role of small predators and other local endemic wildlife.

A variety of indigenous birds, such as Blue Cranes, Marabou Storks and waterfowl frequent the gardens of Tenikwa, the extent of which covers some 8ha with the balance of the 46ha of indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and Cape Floral Fynbos set aside as a corridor for the wild animals occurring in the area.

Tenikwa is a non-profit organisation. All income derived from tourism activities at Tenikwa support the sustainability of Tenikwa as a vital wildlife rehabilitation facility for The Garden Route. Whilst the Rehabilitation facilities are not open to the general public for obvious reasons, a visit to Tenikwa contributes to the conservation work being carried out in The Garden Route to support the rich biodiversity of this special area.

Guests are charmed by the sincerity of Tenikwa, the friendliness of our staff and the way in which Tenikwa’s passion for conservation shines through.

Whether you visit us for a day, or for an hour……..
Come with an Open Mind, Tread with a Lighter Step, Leave with a Change of Heart

More about our accommodation

View of dam and Tenikwa Lodge

Our first wildlife hospital

First Tenikwa Rehab Hut

Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the founders started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooded shed behind their house.  Today it is one of the largest active wildlife rehabilitation centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diverse variety of animals accepting both terrestrial and marine species, and specializing in small-predator rehabilitation

Through visitors to our centre, learning about the indigenous cats of South Africa and conservation issues facing our wildlife, this is our rehab hospital today

Tenikwa Wildlife Hospital

Our wildlife hospital today

Overnight Experiences


1 Night
Tenikwa Experience
2 Night
Tenikwa Experience
2 Night
Family Adventure
2 Night Family Adventure Collage

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Location of Tenikwa