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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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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. 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.
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  • Poor2%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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+27 15 793 1633
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After a 10 days visit in the Kruger, we stayed one night at Khula’s cottage. It was definitely one of the best accommodations during our holidays. The cottage is beautifully organised with a touch of detail in every aspect. The cottage is well isolated tooffers...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The cottage is comfortable, mainly the bedrooms. The kitchen is well equipped. It was quite a different experience, since there are no electrical outlets and the place is a little bit isolated, in a fenced area, beside HESC area and bordering a private game reserve.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in the afternoon and had lunch before the tour. We were driven around the reserve by a very informative guide and saw many endangered Animals. The Reserve was initially for the Cheetah who we saw lazing in the shade of a tree followed...More

Thank Lyn R
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

HI Lyn, Thank you very much for the comprehensive feedback, it is really appreciated. We are delighted to read that you found it an informative experience, as this is what we like to achieve. Just by visiting HESC, you are helping towards every single animal...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

HESC is a well managed tour of lions, wild dogs, cheetahs and rhinos. The cheetahs and rhinos were best because the safari trucks go into their enclosure. It feels a lot more commercial than moholoholo and you can tell that HESC have better financial resources....More

Thank jarvo2001
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jarvo2001, Thank you for taking the time to visit HESC, and experiencing our tour. We appreciate your honest feedback of your experience. We are indeed well established, as we have been in operation for close to 30 years now, so we are delighted to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well managed visitor centre with great cafe, gift shop and clean toilets. Tour was ‘okay’ but informative. Book ahead as gets busy. Regardless, the centre does the most amazing work on conservation.More

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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Drwbaker, Thank you very much for taking the time to visit HESC, and taking a tour. We appreciate your comments about our conservation work, which is what we are all about, first and foremost! We would appreciate any suggestions/comments that you may have regarding...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family thoroughly enjoyed their outing to this centre during our stay at Kapama Southern Camp. The children were quite thrilled to see these endangered animals and learn of the efforts taken to enhance their re-entry to the wild.More

Thank MemphisDurand
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello MemphisDurand, A big thank you to you and your family, for visiting HESC, to learn about conservation in South Africa, and the various projects we are involved in. We are delighted to hear that your little ones enjoyed the visit. Just by taking a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our lodge advise a visit to HESC! We were worn out travelling and needed something special not too far away. HESC proved great and very special. For almost two hours we were taken through the different areas and were impressed and amazed. From leopards that...More

Thank Camiel S
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Camiel S Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback. Here at HESC the team always strive to better our service to our guests and there is always place for improvement. Without you we can not do this, our vision is for our animals...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a lovely time, was very informative. The employee was very helpful and well informed. The answered all the questions we had relating to the animals.

Thank 1naomi01
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear 1naomi01 Thank you kindly for the very positive rating and feedback, HESC would be honored to welcome you back anytime. Regards The HESC Team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the area please visit. The number of cheetahs is amazing. It's not the wild but a very worthwhile organization.

Thank JazboOttawa
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jazbo Ottawa Thank you kindly for the wonderful feedback, we strive to perfection in service and would like to welcome you back anytime. Regards The HESC Team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was well kept and the animals are well cared for. It was like visiting a zoo though. The animals are in enclosures. You can go into the Rhino and Cheetah enclosure if you are on a tour with a vehicle. Nothing overly amazing but...More

Thank Crystal248
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Crystal, We appreciate you taking the time to visit HESC, your support is very much appreciated. Thank you for your kind comments about our animal care, that is always our biggest focus. However, we are saddened to read your comment about feeling like a...More

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Smitha S
14 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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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.
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Phch
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!!
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