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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 September 2012

HESC is a must see! The passion and dedication they put into the work they do is truly inspiring. When visiting you firstly watch a half an hour video of the Centre, which is very educational and shows you the hard work they do and...More

4  Thank Steph C
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Steph, Thank you for the excellent review and recommendation, we highly appreciate it. We pride ourselves in being one of the most respected and most successful Cheetah conservation programmes in South Africa, as well as committing ourselves to many other conservation initiatives such as...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 14 December 2013

First, let me make one thing clear: I completely support what they do at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), however, I do not support HOW they do it. The reserve is dedicated to protect cheetahs and other endangered species. You will hear more about this...More

10  Thank Moritz J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visit was so informative. We saw baby cheetas and many other animals. Learned about African animals and how this location tries to preserve animals who are facing extinction.More

Thank Frances T
PR-Hesc, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Frances Thanks for the 5star review! We are delighted to hear that you found the tour informative, and that you learned a lot about conservation, and our African wildlife. Please keep up with our activity, by following us on social media. Thanks for the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing time here. The Guide (Jassie) was awesome and we learned alot from him. Definately worth visiting again.More

Thank FrancoisB704
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Francois, Thank you so much for the 5star review, and the awesome photos that you posted on social media too, we saw them! We really appreciate your support in visiting us, and we will pass on the comment about Jassie, he is a gem!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic tour guide Jasse take us through to see the vultures feed then all the animals. It was nice because there were a few species we didn’t see on safari like wild dogs that were there. The amount of knowledge he had...More

Thank Melissa L
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Melissa, Thank you for this superb feedback, we also ready your comment on Facebook, which we were very excited about. We have passed on your comments about Jassie to management, and to Jassie too, he was delighted, thank you. It would be fantastic to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must compliment this centre. Clean, tidy and well run. For R 165.00 for an adult you get bang for your buck. The tour was excellent and nice to see rhino, leopard, lions, wild dogs as well as plenty cheetah and many other animals. A...More

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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Seaside79844 Thanks for the excellent review, and sincere recommendation. We pride ourselves in giving good value for the fee charged, and we are grateful that you have recognised that. Please do follow us on our social media accounts to keep up to date with...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked two nights in the charming Khula Cottage and had dinner arranged and set up in the boma for us. It was all amazing, besides taking the Cheetah Tour one morning, and going to the Drakensburg mountains for tours one day. We also, though...More

Thank Barbara B
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Barbara, Thank you so much for the lovely review about Khulas Cottage and our HESC experience We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that you also got to experience the wildlife of Kapama Game Reserve. We are so grateful for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Helping endangered species is a important job, and here we met the finest animals getting a new hope and life, in the hands of dedicated people.More

Thank Mogens I
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Mogens, It certainly is an important job, and we cannot do it without the support of visitors like yourself, to HESC! By visiting you are helping to fund the work that we do. Thank you for taking the time, and choosing to visit our...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018

What an interesting place to visit, the time flew and we learnt so much about the wonderful animals that they look after and try to release back when possible. I would highly recommend that you make time to visit this place.More

Thank Voyager444957
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Hi Voyager444957, We are delighted that you found the visit so interesting! Thank you for the 5star review and the recommendation. Please follow us on our social media accounts, to keep up to date with our various activities at the centre. Thanks once again, The...More

Reviewed 28 September 2018

My Boyfriend and I had an amazing time. Our guide Shaun was incredible, he even stopped a Rhino attack! Beautiful animals and each with their own story and path. The centre does an astounding job in conservation and release of various species, especially cheetahs. We...More

Thank Lospixel
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Hello Bier & Loxpixel (interesting nicknames!) Thank you very much for the positive and comprehensive feedback, we really appreciate it. We will pass on the complement about Sean the guide. Please keep in touch with the centre activity, by following our social media pages, if...More

Reviewed 28 September 2018

Khula Cottage is one of our favourite places to stay in Hoedspruit area. Tucked away on the HESC property bordering Kapama Lodge, the bushveld experience and close encounters with endangered species is unsurpassed. The cottage itself is equipped with all the comforts of a 5Star...More

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Thank D0nzi
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Hi Donzi, Thank you for staying at Khulas Cottage, and for the fantastic review. We are delighted that you rate it so highly! We hope to see you return again soon, the HESC team

Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Very special place doing valuable work to save vulnerable wildlife. Clifford our guide was informative and entertaining. Reasonably priced.

Thank janeandbotts02
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Hi Janeandbotss02 Thanks very much for the 5star review, and the recommendation. We will pass on the comments about Cliffort, thank you. Please do keep up with our centre activity on our social media platforms. Take care, the HESC Team.

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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.
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PR-Hesc
18 July 2016|
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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.
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Phch
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!!
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