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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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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 793 1633
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We visited with a group from our lodge. They have a small cafe with reasonable prices for refreshments and a very good gift shop. The tour was very educational and it was a unique experience to get so close to cheetah and even rhinos!

Thank Nadine_op_reis
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

we've learned a lot about the endangered animals here and also saw them all in their natural habitat.

Thank Christoph H
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Well set out and informative, the venue is very nice and the staff are friendly. An amazing souvenir shop too. I loved seeing the King cheetah (a first for me).

Thank scarlettvixxen
Reviewed 28 September 2017

I left this place with tears in my eyes for all the wonderful work that is being done here. Run by folks who really care about helping animals. This really was one of the high spots on my trip. Well done to all who work...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Amazing game drive, knowledgeable about the Cheetah, such a great day and wonderful experience! Will do it again if back in Africa.

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Insightful and truly an amazing experience seeing what this incredible place has done. 5 out of 5 and I would score 6 if I could. Awesome experience I truly recommend a visit.

Thank Jarrod F
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We loved this place. We stayed at the cottage which was wonderfully positioned and we were very well catered for by the centre. We had an amazing game drive the night we arrived and the tour we did was really informative and we had experiences...More

Thank natasha a
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

I was a student as part of HESC's Wildlife Conservation Experience and I don't regret joining this experience! If you are truly interested in wildlife conservation, learning, and a lot of hard, challenging work, I would highly recommend this program. You'll gain a true understanding...More

Thank Nicholas S
Reviewed 21 September 2017

HESC is not a game park and is not a zoo. It is focused on breeding cheetah and then releasing them into the wild but also has a number of rescue animals (wild dogs, rhino, lions, leopards, serval cats), some of which can never be...More

Thank Stitlown
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Poor cheetahs going from one side to the other of their cages. It is more a zoo than a rehab center. Most animals are caged , I could not stand this vision Seeing the list of release in nature on their website, the number is...More

1  Thank EmmaW134
Public Relation... M, General Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Dear EmmaW134 Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write your review. In response to your observations about the cheetah behaviour the following: The pacing along the fence is normal behaviour when they are anticipating food during feeding times, or if...More

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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!!