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Sunset - Cats In Conservation

Plettenberg Bay

Activity Description

Cats in Conservation – An inspirational, exclusive program geared towards the animal lover who enjoys adventure in conservation. This program gives you an insight into the daily activities at Tenikwa and is designed to keep you enthralled throughout the day.

With a window into our wildlife rehabilitation facilities and interesting “behind the scenes” activities, enjoy the day with the resident animals who call Tenikwa their home.

A special part of the day for guests and cheetahs alike, is the time spent in the Cape Floral Fynbos where our cheetahs get the opportunity to explore their extended territory. Only a few guests each day are privileged to observe the cheetahs during this special time, making it a really unique experience. Enjoy a picnic of local fare in our pristine Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest. Surrounded by forest sounds, one can easily get mesmerized by the beauty of nature.

The day is fun, it’s adventurous. Expect the Unexpected.


DurationOpen Ended
WhenIf you book for the 07h30 time slot, you will probably be finished around 15h30. If you book for the 10h00 time slot, you will probably be finished around 17:30 Seven days a week , 365 days a year including Christmas, New Year and all public holidays.
WhereTenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre Reception.
WeatherAll weather program , but may be cancelled due to heavy rain downpour if unsafe situation occurs. Some part of the program is weather depended but alternative opportunities are available.
What to WearPlease dress comfortably with protection from the sun as you will be outdoors for the bulk of the day. All guests are required to wear long trousers which cover their ankles for this 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 (takkies, sneakers, hiking boots are all suitable) are required to be worn on the walks and comfortable shoes are essential for the balance of the day. Only subscription sunglasses are allowed on the tour..
Things to BringPlease 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 as it can get quite chilly once the sun goes down.
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can wait and relax in the comfortable cafeteria.


Minimum Age12 years
Minimum Height1.2 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsPrivate Conservation Tour, Enrichment Planning and Exercises for our Wildcats, a Rehabilitation Facilities Overview, and an Indigenous Forest Walk with breakfast, brunch or lunch and much, much more!
ExclusionsItems of a personal nature


Parts of this program are in a group , other parts are exclusive to the booked party, animal contact is not allowed on the program. Guests are allowed to take their own pictures, but no flash is allowed.

Customer Reviews

We had an amazing time on our crazy cat day. Boniwe was inspiring and so warm and gentle with the animals. Sizi sorry I have spelt this wrong, was a lovely guide. It was one of the best days of our holiday in SA - Sunita Sheard

Tenikwa was a wonderful experience. We had a day long private tour with Ash - our very informative and friendly local guide. We began with a tour of the hospital and its patients (mostly penguins, seals, birds and small mammals), followed by visits to the individual enclosures to meet all the cats in person (serval, caracal, African wild cat, leopard, lion and cheetah), as well as birds and other creatures. Whilst they have a no touch policy, we were still able to enter the enclosures (all except the Leopard's and the Lion's) and get very close to the animals and take some great photos. The highlights for us were the Cheetah walk at the end of the day (shared with another 4 visitors) - a really memorable experience. She purred loudly all the way! The other highlights were watching the Leopard being fed at very close quarters, and hearing the Lion roar. Having visited a couple of other animal sanctuaries in the area, it was clear to us that Tenikwa was a superior operation with a well deserved reputation for care and rehabilitation . The cost to spend the whole day there was quite high, and at times it did seem that they were struggling to fill the time, but for such a good cause, we felt it was worth it and we came away with fabulous photos and memories of our visit. - Alison Hatcher

We had a fantastic day at Tanikwa. We did the crazy Cat Day. Had breakfast then a walk around the small cats then off to the vet clinic to talk to the vet staff and watch them feed the birds they had in rehab. A lovely lunch then visited the larger cats. A walk with a cheetah then feeding time. Our guides Mfundo and Boniwe were friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended to anyone of any fitness level. - Barbara Cartwright

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