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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
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Full-Day Endangered Species Tour from Hazyview
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Hoedspruit
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 standing, and most successful cheetah breeding and conservation programme’s in the country too. We have daily tours, which are 2 hours in length. You will have a dedicated guide that gives you an informative and educational tour of the centre on a game vehicle. The "Cheetah Focus Tour" is starts between 7:30 - 8am Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sundays only. Please note we do not allow guests to touch the animals, we always maintain a respectful distance, and never encroach on their space. Only the staff or volunteer students where applicable are permitted, to keep human interaction to the very minimum. Their safety and well-being is our first and foremost concern at HESC. We recommend booking ahead to ensure availability.
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 ChrisB12636
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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 JarrodF76
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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 P
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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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