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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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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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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. 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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 793 1633
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lenye Roode, the owner, surely went all out in building a world renowned animal rehabilitation centre!! Absolutely Awesome!!!

Thank johanprins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We liked that place because we saw how well people care for the endangered species and you see some animals in a wild area which are hard to spot in the Krüger National Park

Thank Martin G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best thing about this private reserve is the help they are giving the animals. I was so happy to see the two Rhinoceros had been saved after someone had poached them for their horns. They also had some wild dogs that were going to...More

Thank LindyT49
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cottage stay was thoroughly enjoyable. Loved the view over Kampana reserve water holes (including the visiting lions), and the close viewing of the cheetahs at the Wildlife Centre. Enjoyed the well equipped cottage, cosy upstairs veranda. Cheetah tour of the Wildlife Centre was very informative.

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1  Thank X1479FMgailb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour takes 2 hours and the guide give you a lot of informations on all the endangered species they have at the center. They have a fantastic program for cheetahs rehabilitation and other animals as well. It is really great to see that they...More

Thank Romain G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The extent of the conservation work being done at HESC is extensive - visitors here support this work in so many ways - better understanding, opportunity to ask questions. Pack a camera with a good lens, sunscreen and wear comfy clothes. We loved the tour...More

Thank teeay65
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The excursión is 2h and they show you all the anímals that the centre is rehabing, caring, or educating. They Care about Their wellness.

Thank ciric32
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Good plae to visit and get updated on the situation with cheetahs, rhinos and others. Little bit expensive but good to know funds go to a needy cause.

Thank Greg G
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Let's be clear. This is not a safari. This is rehab center, but with animals in zoo condition, not in open spaces. the price is high. The driving/guiding could be replaced with an audio tape with nothing to lose. Of course, if you want to...More

Thank Yves R
Public Relation... M, Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear Yves R Thank you for taking the time to submit a review on your visit to the centre. We regret to hear that you did not enjoy your tour of HESC. We are indeed a rehabilitation centre as you observed, and houses and cares...More

Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to stay at one of the centres cottages located within the park, the cottage "Kulas Cottage" was very well laid out with its own access gate right next to a Cheetah enclosure. The interior of the cottage is very basic and...More

1  Thank Steve S
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Smitha S
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.
Public Relation... M
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.
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!!