Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), has been in operation for almost 30 years, and is one of South Africa’s leading conservation and rehabilitation centre’s for Rhino’s and Elephants, as well as being respected for one of the longest standing, and most successful cheetah breeding and conservation programme’s in the country too. We have daily tours, which are 2 hours in length. You will have a dedicated guide that gives you an informative and educational tour of the centre on a game vehicle. The "Cheetah Focus Tour" is starts between 7:30 - 8am Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sundays only. Please note we do not allow guests to touch the animals, we always maintain a respectful distance, and never encroach on their space. Only the staff or volunteer students where applicable are permitted, to keep human interaction to the very minimum. Their safety and well-being is our first and foremost concern at HESC. We recommend booking ahead to ensure availability.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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  • Joel B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip of a Lifetime
    We booked a 14-day photo safari with Mafigeni Safaris. We visited Hoedspruit and it's local activities, Kruger National Park, Blyde Canyon, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. It was a spectacular trip. We saw a wide variety of animals in the wild along with geological formations. We had a guide with a vehicle who stayed with just us the entire trip. He helped with the immigration process as we crossed through many countries. He knew his way around all the airports. Mafigeni guided us through the entire process and took responsibility for all aspects of the trip, particularly airline reservations. This truly was a turn-key trip for us. No way I would I have done this on my own. We particularly enjoyed our guide Paddy. He was organized and well known everywhere we went. He knew the intricacies of border crossings. People were always glad to see him, even immigration people. He was extremely knowledgeable of plants and animals everywhere we went. We have no regrets or complaints. This trip exceeded our expectations.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 November 2023
  • moraira
    850 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The real deal for Cheetah conservation
    Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is the place to go if you want to see a functions conservation/rehabilitation project Unlike another "rehabilitation" project we visited some days later, Hoedspruit does protect and release animals. The place is well run and profession. This is not a zoo, it is reals animals being cared for If you want to see Cheetahs and how they are rehabilitated for return to the wild then do visit this site
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Holidays Abroad
    690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    We went on the 0900 (17th February tour) with Melissa and it was excellent. Melissa had a real affinity with the animals and was very knowledgeable. We were driven round in a safari vehicle to see the various animals - Boombie the southern ground hornbill, marabou stork, the cheetahs (including king cheetahs), African wild dogs, a leopard and rhinos with a sheep! We got very close to the cheetahs and dogs which was excellent. We would highly recommend a visit here, not only is it enjoyable but you are also helping a very very worthy cause. Put this on your places to visit, you will not be disappointed.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • Jenny
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful ecperience
    An absolute must for anyone visiting Hoedspruit. Tickets seem a bit expensive for local travellers, but when you hear and see what they do, it is well worth it. Our driver/guide, Ryan, was very knowledgeable and his passion for his work was evident in his interactions with us. Seeing the king cheetah was amazing as was having a close encounter with a rhino.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 May 2024
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pblanc112875
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
IThe decoration of the room, the extraordinary terrace, sleeping near the roars of the lions and waking up with the birds who knock on the window.
  The friendliness of the staff, the wonder of the cheetah race, the quality of the morning breakfasts and the meals we ordered.
  The extraordinary moment of the evening barbecue, around the fire with the two members of staff.
  The souvenir shop which presented a large selection of products made in South Africa of good quality and whose profits go to the foundation.
Written 4 March 2020
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agrobb701421
Boksburg, South Africa1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I am very happy with the accommodation and the only issue I had was the fact that the roof fan was not effective. Places where it gets so hot really need strong roof fans if they do not have aircons. It was fantastic to hear the lion roar during the night and waking up to birdsong. The sunset was also amazing. The kitchen was very well equipped and everything was very clean.
Written 17 December 2020
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Graeme Bell
Sandton, South Africa19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Sean was a gentleman, knowledgeable beyond his years and good fun to share the game drive with. Allowed us as much time as we like with each animal. Loved the term Vulture Restaurant lol.

Information video at the start gets the ball rolling and inspires further questions. Seems like the animals are being looked after.
Staff in Curious shop, at reception, other guides and Sean all exceptional.
Written 30 November 2020
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Jenny
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
An absolute must for anyone visiting Hoedspruit. Tickets seem a bit expensive for local travellers, but when you hear and see what they do, it is well worth it. Our driver/guide, Ryan, was very knowledgeable and his passion for his work was evident in his interactions with us. Seeing the king cheetah was amazing as was having a close encounter with a rhino.
Written 23 May 2024
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Mdenison2567
Lagos, Portugal59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
really wonderful afternoon taking the tour around the centre. a wonderful selection of wildlife, really up close and personal. the guides were extremely personable and friendy and in general it was a really enjoyable afternoon, would highly recommend.
Written 25 September 2020
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camcgreg
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We stayed at the Khula's Cottage, 2 families with 4 kids (8 to 11) and 4 adults, and loved the place, very peaceful, and going to sleep listening to the local lions vocalizing to each other through the night air is amazing. Nice Staff, nice Deli for Breakfast, and the pojkie we had was lovely
The Khula's Cottage is big enough for 2 families, basic as it is meant to give you that rustic feel, but stunning views and we loved it for the 2 nights we stayed there, so peaceful, and was a great stop over before we headed into Kruger.
The tour is good, but it is always going to a lot like a zoo and never same as Kruger, but to get so close to Cheetah is always a privilege, and it well worth a visit
Written 5 February 2020
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Melanie Watson
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
10 years ago I met Lenta at the 2nd International Animal Trainers Conference at Twycross Zoo in the UK. Now I have finally been able to visit the Centre she started so long ago.
Her work inspired me back then and I was so impressed at the work they all do here to help endangered species and how they work inside their local communities too! Helping raise awareness of the plight of wildlife who suffer when farmers poison and snare. They heavily invest in children and we all know that they are the future after all!
This place is awesome and well worth a visit
Written 19 October 2022
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Beeth0veen
South Africa226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Staff are well trained, friendly and an absolute pleasure. The 2 hour tour was really fun, educational and hits the spot. The curio shop is well laid out, items are well priced and a pleasure to visit. Vechiles for the game drive are in good condition MD make the experience easy. A really worth while visit to an entity that is doing some really cool and amazing work. You want to attend this one. Lots of parking and easy access.
Written 7 February 2021
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g4pfk
Birmingham, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
My wife and I were in a party of eleven staying at Camp Bethel who organised this
local visit.
Nice intro film before boarding vehicle then informative by guide. The 6 month old rhino was very active charging the staff when given the opportunity,
Firs call was the 'vulture diner' close encounter as many appear to feed on raw meat
which did not smell very pleasant.
Visits to different enclosures to see, wild dogs, cheetahs, a leopard with more info given at each stop.
Written 23 February 2023
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moraira
UK850 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is the place to go if you want to see a functions conservation/rehabilitation project

Unlike another "rehabilitation" project we visited some days later, Hoedspruit does protect and release animals. The place is well run and profession. This is not a zoo, it is reals animals being cared for

If you want to see Cheetahs and how they are rehabilitated for return to the wild then do visit this site
Written 4 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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