10 years ago, my husband (then boyfriend) and I did a cheetah walk with Tenikwa. This was a time before we realised that hands-on interactions with wildlife was not in the best interest of the animals themselves. We had a life-changing experience with the cheetahs then, that started a deep love for all wildlife.
When we were looking at our first holiday with our daughter in May, we knew we wanted her to experience the wildcats, but we were by this stage much more aware on the harm of hands on interactions. We were so happy to hear that Tenikwa had also moved with the times and is focusing more and more on learning and engaging with the animals in a more responsible way. While they still allow close up interactions with the animals, they do have a hands-off policy and people are not allowed to actually touch the animals themselves.
We did the Eco Kids Challenge with our daughter. It is designed for older children (between 6 and 12 years old), but our smarty pants 4 year old loved it. She really enjoyed the fun facts about the animals, their habitats and how to care for the environment. She was very proud to get her certificate at the end after answering the questions on what she learned.
We also enjoyed a delicious lunch at the cafe before heading out again.
Hubby and I really enjoyed revisiting. We loved that the guides remembered the cheetahs we had met years ago and it was very special to see how the resident leopard has grown since we first visited.
A very special experience for everybody
Date of experience: May 2018