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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

#2 of 22 things to do in Hoedspruit Features Animals
R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 793 1633
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of the core disciplines. HESC has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management approach, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species in southern Africa. The centre places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of cheetah in captivity. The excellent condition of these animals and the premises on which they are maintained, reflect the attention to detail, which is the hallmark of this facility. STANDARD TOUR The duration of each tour is 2 hours. Therefore it enables the visitor to have sufficient time to ask questions to the guide and do an in-depth tour of the centre. Please note that our first tour can include the cheetah run, however bookings are essential. Prior reservations are essential. Please refer to our rate sheet for more information on special packages and accommodation. DELI at CHEETAH Visitors may enjoy a selection of home baked cakes and a light meal under thatched cover overlooking the Centre's enclosures. Refreshments such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine and beer are but some of the offerings available to a thirsty palate. Groups can be catered for, but we advise bookings to guarantee efficient serving time. CURIO SHOP One of the most imported sources of funding at the HESC is the curio shop; stocked to the brim with locally made artefacts, wildlife literature, and children's toys, visitors will no doubt enjoy the experience of browsing through the colorful shelves. Many of the pieces for sale in the shop are made by local communities, renowned for their proficiency in beading and weaving. All proceeds from sales in our curio shop from your visit will go towards the care and up- keep of our hundreds of animals and birds.
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R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 793 1633
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The two hour tour was informative and covered a wide range of subjects/animals. Funds go towards supporting animal rehabilitation - the guides were well prepared and highly knowledgable

Thank monty781
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again a very informative and interesting tour. The guides are so passionate about their job that it was a joy to listen to them. Highly recommend this visit.

Thank ourmanana
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You take place in a jeep and the tour takes about 3 hrs. The driver/guide tells very interesting stories about the animals - mostly leopards - and their breeding. Worth to be visited.

Thank Hans v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For children this visit is much more interesting than going into Kruger as you are sure you will see the animals. The guides are great and you can see the cubs from closeby. The only thing is that you have to book in advance.

Thank Katrien V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit in March. Guided tour let us see cheetahs, wild dogs, marabou storks, vultures, meerkats and many other creatures. Ranger very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Well worth the visit

Thank Michael N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time there and enjoyed a "game drive" where there was first of all respect for the animals and love for the work they are doing there...Truly, amongst our favourite moments in RSA!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

well worth a visit as all of the proceeds from ticket sales, gift shop (superb) and cafe/restaurant are used to further conservation work

Thank Neese12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whole experience was very informative. They do a great job in animal rehabilitation. The guides are friendly and made the whole experience so much better.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Always impressed by the animals under care but more impressed with the outstanding Staff who exhibit the highest degree of professionalism, friendliness and passion for their work.

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Thank Larry C
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Our two families decided to visit the center on the recommendation of the accomodation information office. It was a great experience and our fuide Ashley was very knowledgeable. The centre really does great work in the area of animal rehabilitation especially Cheetahs. Well done all...More

Thank Adrian J
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Smitha S
Hi, i am looking to spend 3 nights & 4 days in Kruger area in May. We are a family of 2 adults & 2 kids aged 8 & 11 yrs. HESC seems very interesting. But we would also like to experince the game drives inside Kruger park. Can we do this even if stay at HESC? Are there any hindrances for us going for game drives if we stayed with you rather than at one of the rest camps inside Kruger? Smitha
13 January 2017|
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Response from catherinecK4593VL | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you can stay at HESC...I visited with my kiddos and did not see any accommodations. You simply do a drive through their property and see the animals in their care.
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We would definitely suggest the Cheetah Focus Tour. To see a cheetah in the wild is really spectacular, but seeing a cheetah's running abilities up close is even more spectacular. You will also be able to see other rare animals species, such as the African Wild Dog. If you will be spending time in the Kruger, you will no doubt already have hours worth of experience under your belt within the reserve itself. We look forward to welcoming you!
18 July 2016|
Response from Nkosisikeli | Reviewed this property |
I agree. The Cheetah Focus Tour is worthwhile, plus you'll also be able to see endangered vultures feeding.
Hi, We have booked a night's accommodation at Sebeka cottage next month and I was wondering which activities to book. We will be spending some time in Kruger so is it worth doing the Kapama game drive or would you suggest the cheetah focus tour? Many thanks
3 July 2016|
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Response from TrekCarrie | Reviewed this property |
Both are excellent. I would choose a game drive as it is a more authentic experience but if you want to see endangered king cheetahs, wild dogs and rare sable antelope up close then do the HESC tour - better still, do both!!