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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 793 1633
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed at Buffalo camp Kapama and visited the centre one afternoon, arranged through our hotel manger. We loved the centre, we are animal enthusiasts and were very happy with he way the centre is run and their culture to breeding/rescuing and releasing animals. You...More

1  Thank AngelH17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The animals are in large compounds. An informative guide drives you through the park. Apart from the cheetahs we really enjoyed seeing the baby elephant and baby rhino.

Thank Max2962
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my grandkids 4 year old girl named Maajidah and her 6 year old brother Abdul-Muhaymien for a visit to the centre as an outin instead of going to the Kruger Park like we often do. I took my own kids a few years...More

Thank Shaheeda L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable and informative.. We took an afternoon tour which was +/- an hour and half.. Which was just long enough.. I would not recommend it for children under 5..There is a cafe and souvenir shop on the premises. Lovely afternoon..

Thank Mairi B
Reviewed 13 January 2018

The endangered species centre is located in the Kapama Game Reserve where we were staying. Lente Roode, who owns the reserve, dedicated her life to saving cheetahs. It was exciting to see a very rare king cheetah which has an unusual black stripe pattern on...More

Thank minnesotans4
Reviewed 12 January 2018

It’s amazing, beautiful. Everyone are polite, a lot of things to view, beuatiful animals, there is a nice structure.

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Thank Felipe M
Reviewed 10 January 2018

It is amazing, what the staff do for the endangered species. My husband and I had lunch at the Deli Restaurant. While you are sitting eating you can see the Cheetahs, they have four male Cheetahs in a closure for you to see and there...More

Thank 919hayleyd
Reviewed 9 January 2018

A great job being done by the HESC! We enjoyed the information shared and the surroundings and aesthetics are absolutely beautiful. And of course Koos the parrot was an absolute character!

Thank Loren S
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and the work that they do is nothing short of amazing. From the tour, we had around the centre, you can see the staff have a true passion for their work and the rehabilitation of animals.More

Thank Kev_and_Lee
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Dear Kev and Lee We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave a review of our centre. We are extremely glad that you had an amazing experience while visiting us, we hope that we will one day get to welcome you...More

Reviewed 3 January 2018

A lovely cottage (Sebeka) within the endangered species centre, which is within a private game reserve. We saw giraffes walking by "next door" (outside our fence) in the evening and morning. Cottage has good braai and firepit, and the usual amenities. Can sleep 6 but...More

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Thank Mike-OWaterloo
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Dear Mike Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent stay in Sebeka Cottage. We are glad you had such a wonderful experience during your stay here at the centre, we hope the rest of your vacation was as enjoyable....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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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!!