We have booked a night's accommodation at Sebeka cottage next month and I was wondering which activities to book. We will be spending some time in Kruger so is it worth doing the Kapama game drive or would you suggest the cheetah focus tour?
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!!
Hi, I actually stayed at Nungu camp which was where we worked from at HESC/ Kapama. But Sabeka is very close by. I'd definitely do game drives in Kapama-- I saw the big five on this reserve. The animals are plentiful and it's much smaller than Kruger so you're likely to see a lot more. It's much more contained than Kruger- Kruger is iconic but can be hit and miss. Still worth a visit though- but you'll need a full day. Get there when it opens and leave at 5 (or 6) when it closes.
At HESC you will see the baby rhinos, I think they have quite a few at the moment. They have 77 adult cheetahs and also a few babies. You do not get to touch the cheetahs or animals though. You may get to see a wild dog feed if you're lucky, or the cheetahs being fed if you're there in the mornings. HESC offer short tours and you get to see King cheetahs and wild dogs up close. It is more educational than the game drives but both are worth doing.
I agree that game drives are more real than the Endangered species facility, but they are wonderful people doing excellent work. 77 cheetahs! Plus rhino, wild dog, a lion.
To your east is Manyeleti, great night drives
I would not do any of the two if you spend some days in Kruger and have a good chance to see the game there. The cheethas experience is more like a guided zoo visit and much depending on the guide.
I would recommend the cheetah focused tour. I did both but we had poor weather and dry conditions so we didn't see any of the big five on the game drive.
I would suggest you visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Wildlife Centre, in view of the fact that you are then going to spend some time in the Kruger Park. You will learn a lot and have some up-close encounters with cheetahs, which you might not otherwise see.
Hi ,we have been to this area many times,if you have your own vehicle do Kruger ,the game does move but we have never been disappointed. The endangered species centre is very much the learning side of the wild ,go there ,we would be back tomorrow.
Have a great time ,Africa never lets you down.
It honestly depends on what you want - Kapama is 13,000 hectares - game moves - but their guides probably know where the animal hangouts are - and its always better to see the game in natural habitat - however Hoedspruit Endangered species is more focused - less excitement but if its knowledge you want about endangered species then this is the place - If it's your first time seeing game then go on a game drive with Kapama and do Hoedspruit another time.
We did Kruger to see all of the animals, I am not sure about the Kapama drive we never did it.
As for the endangered species we would recommend if you like cheetahs as well as seeing baby Rhino's. To get to touch a cheetah you might try the Rehabilitation centre.
Hope you enjoy whatever you decide.
Further to this- Kapama has quite a different terrain than Kruger so it's a totally different experience. Kapama is all dirt roads and Kruger is all bitumen roads. The terrain inside Kruger varies considerably too but you're always on roads never off road. I have been to all three attractions- they're all great but I really enjoyed the Kapama drives (I did about 4 while I was there, but I was volunteering at HESC at the time too). I have been to Kruger three times too and really think there are much better parks around....but it is Kruger and a bucket list item!
If you have time do all three...you could visit HESC in the morning then do Kapama in the afternoon....after all Sabeka is inside Kapama's grounds....
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