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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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Learned about cheetahs, African wild dogs and vultures - worth going!

We had a very enjoyable trip through HESC, seeing and photographing the animals. Our guides were very good and we were able to get very close to the animals to get great shots. It... read more

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its great to see these beautiful creatures, albeit under unatural circumstances our visitors loved the experience but as locals we were a little sceptical of the re-introduction success claims. Nevertheless, a good outing.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a very enjoyable trip through HESC, seeing and photographing the animals. Our guides were very good and we were able to get very close to the animals to get great shots. It was informative to hear about the ways in which the center is caring for animals that are bred for various purposes or are being rehabilitated.

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Healing
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a very enjoyable game drive looking at the endangered animals. It was so informative and the ranger was so passionate about the animals and work carried out in the reserve. Well worth a visit.

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Nimes, France
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

vert expensive place for what you get!!! that's why i wouln't recommend the place . you far better in other areas near the sabie river🐘

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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this review

Dear 'Guy' Thank you for the time taken to submit your review. We are sorry to hear that you're upset about the gate closing times. As previously advised, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is subject to the gate times which are in place as a protective measure for the many animals in our care - and particularly the rhinos. We... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed at a game lodge before staying here and were disappointed with the game drive and tour. I think if we had visited HESC first it would have been amazing. We did stay on property, the lodging was fantastic. We were in a tree house, with two closed off rooms a main room overlooking 2 watering holes and a... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not know what to expect but so glad we went. The short film show before the tour gave us a good insight into conservation and the work of the centre. We were taken by a guide in a covered jeep to see many different animals. The guide was able to tell us the stories of each animal and the... More 

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Johannesburg
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we had to do the tour only as our kids are young (6 and 4), however it was a long tour with a lot of explanations interesting for kids and us as well

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did the Kapama Reserve Game Drive offered by HESC and was extremely disappointed, not because we did not see any of the Big 5 (there are never any guarantees for that, of course!) but because we had an absolutely useless safari guide. The guide drove much more quickly than a typical safari, so it was near impossible to spot... More 

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Thank NewYorkTrini
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this review

Dear 'NewYorkTrini' Thank you for the time taken to submit your review, although we were naturally disappointed that your Game Drive experience was not up to our usual high standards. We have discussed this matter in detail with your safari guide, and specific monitoring measures have been put in place. We can assure you that, as a rule, our guides... More 

Sussex England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A humble experience seeing majestic king cheetahs and cheetahs from a safari jeep in their enclosures. Wild dogs, lions and other animals

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My two adult daughters and I went to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre twice and I can safely say that all three of us loved the experience. Our guide, a game ranger, was adorable, passionate about his work, and fun. On one visit, we enjoyed a fast paced jeep ride at dusk, wherein we sought out and saw many magnificent... More 

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