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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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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...more
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R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We booked two nights in the charming Khula Cottage and had dinner arranged and set up in the boma for us. It was all amazing, besides taking the Cheetah Tour one morning, and going to the Drakensburg mountains for tours one day. We also, though...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Helping endangered species is a important job, and here we met the finest animals getting a new hope and life, in the hands of dedicated people.More

Thank Mogens I
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Mogens, It certainly is an important job, and we cannot do it without the support of visitors like yourself, to HESC! By visiting you are helping to fund the work that we do. Thank you for taking the time, and choosing to visit our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an interesting place to visit, the time flew and we learnt so much about the wonderful animals that they look after and try to release back when possible. I would highly recommend that you make time to visit this place.More

Thank Voyager444957
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Voyager444957, We are delighted that you found the visit so interesting! Thank you for the 5star review and the recommendation. Please follow us on our social media accounts, to keep up to date with our various activities at the centre. Thanks once again, The...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Boyfriend and I had an amazing time. Our guide Shaun was incredible, he even stopped a Rhino attack! Beautiful animals and each with their own story and path. The centre does an astounding job in conservation and release of various species, especially cheetahs. We...More

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

Hello Bier & Loxpixel (interesting nicknames!) Thank you very much for the positive and comprehensive feedback, we really appreciate it. We will pass on the complement about Sean the guide. Please keep in touch with the centre activity, by following our social media pages, if...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Khula Cottage is one of our favourite places to stay in Hoedspruit area. Tucked away on the HESC property bordering Kapama Lodge, the bushveld experience and close encounters with endangered species is unsurpassed. The cottage itself is equipped with all the comforts of a 5Star...More

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Thank D0nzi
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Donzi, Thank you for staying at Khulas Cottage, and for the fantastic review. We are delighted that you rate it so highly! We hope to see you return again soon, the HESC team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very special place doing valuable work to save vulnerable wildlife. Clifford our guide was informative and entertaining. Reasonably priced.

Thank janeandbotts02
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Janeandbotss02 Thanks very much for the 5star review, and the recommendation. We will pass on the comments about Cliffort, thank you. Please do keep up with our centre activity on our social media platforms. Take care, the HESC Team.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spend some time with some of Africa's most amazing creatures, as you are guided by well informed and professional rangers.More

Thank 327danie
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Danie, Thank you very much for the Five Star review! We are to read that you enjoyed the tour with our passionate rangers. Please do follow us on our social media pages to keep up with the latest news from our centre! Thank you,...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018

Part of Kapama game reserve, this is a rescue centre and breeding ground for many endangered animals. You can learn a lot by going here, as well as see a lot of rare animals up close. It is great to see someone doing something to...More

Thank Puligny888
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Puligny888, Thank you very much for visiting HESC, and recognising the work that we are doing for endangered wildlife. It is great to hear that you learned a lot whilst visiting, as it is our key focus, to share important information about conservation in...More

Reviewed 6 September 2018

a private visit helps to better understand and learn the difficulties of this center and especially its vital need for many species

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

Hi Steph. Thank you for recognising our conservation efforts, and taking the time to visit the centre. We appreciate the excellent review. Much appreciated The HESC Team

Reviewed 3 September 2018

Insight into to work being done in the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered species - loved the work being done especially the breeding and releasing of cheetahs back in to the wild.

Thank Magpie194819
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank you very much for the 5star Review, Magpie194819, it is very much appreciated. Our focus is always on the future of endangered species and the animals in our care. Thanks for supporting us by visiting the centre.

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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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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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