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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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All reviews endangered species king cheetah wild dogs curio shop vulture restaurant safari vehicle cheetah enclosure cheetah run private game reserve game drives great place to visit behind the scenes hour tour conservation work camp jabulani beautiful animals well worth the visit
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Reviewed today via mobile

We took a drive from Hazeyview to the centre. Took awhile as the speed limit between the two is a lot slower than the highways. Well worth the drive. Amazing facility, well run. Informative and friendly rangers. Well stocked souvenir shop and good cafe. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lesley I
Reviewed today via mobile

Good introduction to African animals especially cheetah, wild dogs and rhinos. Well run sanctuary with no animal petting and informed staff. Supporting rhino rehabilitation by visiting makes it a must if your in the lowvelt.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Liam M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We did not know what to expect when we arrived. However, we were relieved to see that the entry fee is reasonable and were treated with respect from the staff. We were highly impressed that this reasonable entry included a 2 hour tour. The philosophy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank suem030
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the game drive, had a super guide, well informed and educated. I think the work HESC is so important for conservation and a necessity for the cheetah population. We are passionate about wildlife, love going to the Kruger Park, and although we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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PR-Hesc, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Wentelsewhere, Thank you very much for visiting our centre, and appreciating the work that we are doing on a daily basis. It is always our ultimate goal is also to see the animals in the wild where possible, and at the same time to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed it. Love that they're looking after the cheetah population. However, the Leopards and Lions were in small enclosures which seem to be the opposite of their supposed values. Our guide did explain why, but we felt that as they could not procreate, rather...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Stuart P
PR-Hesc, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Stuart, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us at HESC, and to write your feedback from the experience. We would like to give you some feedback about the concerns you have raised, and please rest assured that in no way...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying nextdoor at the Kapama River Lodge. Our Globus tour director arranged this trip over to HESC between morning and evening game drives. I most enjoyed seeing a sleeping baby rhino with her unusual friend, a very woolly sheep by her side (or rear). Also...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stay in Hoedspruit Center if you really want to immerse yourself in the conservation work 'behind the scenes" . Staying out in a cottage in the "bush" also adds to a real safari-feeling! Great place and absolutely worth visiting. Even if you are not keen...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Roam01236185085
PR-Hesc, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Roam01236185085 Thanks so much for the wonderful review, and for staying with us! We are delighted that you found the experience informative. We hope you have a fantastic 2019 to come. Yours in Conservation, The HESC Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative visit seeing cheetahs, lions, leopards, wild dogs, vultures and rhinos. Thoroughly recommend!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank corneliaf388
PR-Hesc, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Cornelia, Thank you very much for recommending HESC. We are delighted that you found the tour informative. Wishing you a lovely festive season to come! The HESC Team

Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Very interesting and informative visit! The guide had a-lot of knowledge and was very friendly. Our four year old boy enjoyed every moment of it!More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nathazias
PR-Hesc, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Nathazias, Thank you for the great review! Delighted to hear that your little one also enjoyed the experience, it is so important that children learn about conservation from a young age, so thank you for bringing him to HESC. Please keep up to date...More

Reviewed December 3, 2018

Friendly staff, clean facilities.Just need a splash pool or a Jacuzzi then it will be the perfect location.More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Meander04656602836
PR-Hesc, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2018

Dear Meander04656602936 Thank you for choosing to stay at Sebeka! We are saddened to see just a 3star! And hope the fact that we did not have a splash pool influenced the rating. Sebeka house is built as affordable budget accommodation, and we hope that...More

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SmithaS_11
January 13, 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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PR-Hesc
July 18, 2016|
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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
July 3, 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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