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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 3 September 2017

A really interesting experience at HESC : after a small introduction movie, we started the tour with a very experienced and friendly ranger, explaining everything regardings all animals ( not only cheetah but also lions, wilddogs, leopards) and answering all our questions. Hope that they...More

Thank Marc R
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Great place that helps animals and teaches others how to appreciate our wildlife. My kids are still talking about Savannah their serval that they were able to pet

Thank JenPMD
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Our group visited here after stopping at Moholoholo rehab centre. We were given an informative guided tour to see Cheetah and Wild Dog, and were shown an excellent presentation on the challenges facing wildlife conservation and the king cheetah. HESC has a good coffee shop...More

Thank BorkLaser29
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Our guide (ranger) was very knowledgeable and so informative. He really had a passion for wildlife. From the front gate to the lady making espresso, everyone was friendly. We drove around the (limited) area of the small reserve and saw cheetahs and wild dogs up...More

Thank natgeogirl
Reviewed 29 August 2017

The night inside the game reserve did not bring anything. It was very noisy in the neighbourhood, and no animal was around. The visit of the centre was however very instructice, and gave us the opportunity to see animals from close.

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Thank Dimitri2909
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This place is a real oasis for the preservation of species in danger of extinction. At the HESC they not only help the procreation of species at high risk, but also offer help and rehabilitation to animals that have been injured by the man. All...More

Thank Romina K
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Being on Safari seeing animals in the wild and then coming to a location where the animals are caged, left us with mixed emotions. However, when you hear the stories of how these animals were rescued, and the background of why cheetahs are becoming extinct,...More

Thank michettism
Reviewed 24 August 2017

What a great way to learn all about animals- such an educational experience. While it was strange to see all the animals in cages they were obviously there for a reason and it made the viewing of them easier than in the wild.

Thank Frances U
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Very interesting game drive with dungan, our guide. HESC clearly does so much for cheetahs and endangered species. Book in advance and the deli is a perfect spot for a family lunch before or after the drive

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I really enjoyed my visit to HESC during my most recent visit to South Africa. It is very centrally located about 40 minutes down the R40 from the camp which I stay. My friend and I were on the last tour of the day and,...More

Thank Kim Van N
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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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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!!