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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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Address: R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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+27 15 793 1633
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) focuses on the conservation of...

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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Well worth a visit

We visited this centre on our visit to the Kruger. We were not sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. Evertthing was well organised from the informative video on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this centre on our visit to the Kruger. We were not sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. Evertthing was well organised from the informative video on the history and objectives of the Centre to the excellent tour with a very knowledgeable, passionate guide. They not only have a project for conservation but take on rescue injured... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 4 pm game drive that was about 3 hours long. We saw a variety of wildlife in the reserve and stopped at a dam for drinks and snacks as the sunset. Great variety of game.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a good game drive before we saw around the projects main purpose. While we realised that the cheetahs are caged we managed to get good photos of typical cheetah poses. For us the main thing was just to see the wild dogs - so few left anywhere. We found them where we could see them but not where... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting trip and well worth a visit to learn about all the animals they have there and the stories behind how they came to be at the centre. They had Rhino's that had been attacked by poachers but saved from this. One Rhino had a goat as its buddy and this had helped the Rhino in its... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mum and I visited HESC twice. The first time on a game drive which was impressive. Our driver was very knowledgeable and had a sharp eye to spot the animals. The 2nd time we viewed their conservation side and heard about their tireless effort to protect the endangered cheetah! We were lucky to see the King cheetah sleeping with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting place. It would have been even more meaningful if we could have seen the cheetah roam in their natural habitat and not in small cages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose the basic package, and I can tell you now, I will be going back for the full tour that includes a game drive in the nearby Kapama lodge and feeding of the animals. The first encounter we had was with a king cheetah... First time I saw one of these beautiful,magnificent beasts and we were told about the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to get a quick, but well delivered, understanding of the challenges facing some of our threatened wild animals. They do great work here. We didn't have children with us but others did and you could see that they were excited at seeing the animals but also interested in the 'message'. If you've got kids and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were impressed by the commitment of the people here. I must confess the visit clouded our fairytale journey in Africa, because we were no longer sitting in a vehicle happily clicking away at animals sauntering in the bush,...but I feel it was a very necessary visit. It was instructive about the situation of endangered species, and it seemed to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not really having a lot of time this seemed a good option for a game drive. The centre is small, you really have to do a tour. Great drive, friendly knowledgeable staff. Saw nearly all there was too see. A must do as alternative too a longer commercial drive.

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