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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
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Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Hoedspruit
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 there!!

Thank Chris B
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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
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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
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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 you wouldn't normally get on a usual game drive. These guys are doing really great things for endangered species. We would actually go back it was so good. Even though there are no food facilities past 5pm we were well catered for and the second night ordered meat to do our own braai.

Things to be aware of. The accommodation is remote which may make some people nervous. It is spectacular to wake up and have seven cheetah against your fence and hear the roar of lions close by but you are alone, in the bush in the dark. There is a CB if you need assistance but we would have felt more comfortable if this was in our room as it was exposed out in the communal area which is open.

The centre would benefit from providing a book with the meal times, opening times etc... and who to ring in an emergency. We weren't told a time to be back from our visit to Kruger and found ourselves stuck outside the gates with no personnel to assist us, no intercom at only 5:30 in the afternoon. The cottage had no electricity to charge our phone and our batteries were almost flat. We had one bar and managed to phone the centre who eventually picked up and let us in. It was a bit worrying!

Thank natasha a
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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 of the threats South African wildlife is facing, what's being done to conserve wildlife via field trips and lectures, along with helping out at the centre itself. The two coordinators of the program are extremely knowledgeable and make the whole experience memorable and seamless.

HESC do great work, are hardworking and passionate about the animals and their conservation. Keep up the good work! Hopefully I'll be able to return one day.

Thank Nicholas S
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