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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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  • Average6%
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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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"endangered species"
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"wild dogs"
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"curio shop"
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"camp jabulani"
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"vulture restaurant"
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"cheetah run"
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"safari vehicle"
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"behind the scenes"
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"baby rhinos"
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"game drives"
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"great place to visit"
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"hour tour"
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"private game reserve"
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"well worth the visit"
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"big cats"
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"african wildlife"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a lovely conservation centre. HESC is a great option to find out about African Animal Conservation. Very informative and educational. The 2 hour behind the scenes tour is great. Cheetah run, Vulture Restaurant Feeding and Wild Dog feeding was enjoyable. Only runs on certain...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Nature lovers must practice what they preach - protect the last species that are endangered by visiting the centre and giving whatever support is needed.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a week in the Kruger, we hadn’t been lucky enough to see any cheetahs and my grandson still had an empty space on his animal tick list. We had seen the HESC advertised locally on a previous visit to the area, so I booked...More

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

Dear Mrs Nelson Thank you kindly for the wonderful feedback on your visit with us recently at Sebeka Cottage and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Most importantly we are happy to hear that your grandson could tick off his animal list, we knew after the visit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Khula Cottage, It was charming, and very peaceful. There was nothing that I could fault. We had a really nice host who cooked the braai for us. It was lovely to see the cheetahs nearby.

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

Dear Shelagh45 Thank you kindly for the wonderful feedback about your visit at Khula's Cottage. We hope to see you again for a return visit. Regards The HESC Team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This experience will not replace the joys of going on a safari tour; however, it is an excellent addition if you’re passing by. The informative guide, Ettian, taught us about the conservations programs that are supporting endangers African animals. We had some ‘behind the scenes’...More

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

Dear Sar_Bear17 We like to thank you for your very positive feedback. As Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center is an Educational Center, our task is to provide the nurture and care for all these Endangered and wild animals on the property. The Cheetah Focus Tour that...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An informative video before the drive with the guide, knowledge of the guide excellent, loved it!!! Had lunch after the drive very good. Great curio shop.

Thank 232wilmak
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Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear 232wilmak Thank you kindly for your positive feedback about our Tours and guides, we always strive to better our services and looking forward to host you again. Regards HESC Team

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Swiss visitors loved it as we never managed to see cheetah at the game fame ! very educational indeed .

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

Dear Iona W. Thank you kindly for your positive feedback, it was a privilege to show you these magnificent animals at HESC. We hope to see you again. Kind regards HESC Team

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing treehouse with wonderful views onto the endangered species centre, and game reserve behind - a perfect place to relax and watch for wildlife! A tour at the centre is a must, with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff.

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

Dear Mrs Roy Thank you kindly for your feedback on Khula's Cottage, we always strive to better our services and appreciate your comments. Looking forward to host you again. Kind regards HESC Team

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

I use to work at the centre in 1996. Part of our tours were done on foot. There were occasions when you could really get close to some of the animal. I would really love for them to bring that back. It is still well...More

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

Dear Albert R Thank you kindly for your feedback and worthwhile suggestions. We constantly thrive to approve all our packages and better our services by changing the Tours frequently, but also manageable for the property. We still offer walking tours and realised that this is...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Stopped here with friends between stays at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House in Hoedspruit and Kings Camp in Timbavati. It is unfortunate that such centers need to exist. That being said I think this center is well run and cares for injured animals appropriately. Our guide...More

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Public Relation... M, Guest Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear NC Hiker Thank you kindly for your precious feedback, we always thrive to better our services to you. Its always great to know that there are other passionate animal lovers out there that understand why we have these Centres for the care of injured...More

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Smitha S
13 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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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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