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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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...more
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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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Reviewed 2 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Khulas Cottage was like discovering a secret - tucked away from everything and everyone - we loved the solitude of the cottage and the night sounds around the fire in the lapa. Welcomed by hornbills and visited by cheetahs in the camp next to the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

stopped for lunch and chance to see cheetah. Had burgers which were delicious and genuinely meat patty. Nice atmosphere. The museum is small but has some nice displays. Did not see the eagle owl but got to see two cute meerkat in an enclosure. Staff...More

Thank raymondd549
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Raymondd549 Thank you kindly for your positive feedback and that you enjoyed the service at our Deli , we appreciate your feedback and strive to better our service and standards at all times. We look forward hosting you again. Regards The HESC Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful outing at a reasonable price. Learn about the challenges and successes of conservation of some of SA's endangered species. Specialising in breeding of cheetah but also Southern Ground hornbill, Black footed cats. Also custodians of rescued animals like 2 leopard sisters. Overall a great...More

Thank 77LuluE
Public Relation... M, Guest Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 77LuluE Thank you kindly for your wonderful review, we strive to better our services and welcome any feedback from you. Please come and visit us again or tell your friends to come too? Regards The HESC Team

Reviewed 4 weeks 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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Public Relation... M, Guest Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sean_Brito Thank you kindly for your review, we appreciate your positive feedback and strive to better our service to the public. Regards The HESC Team

Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Thank 593ernesth
Public Relation... M, Guest Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 593ernesth Thank you kindly for your review, we welcome your feedback. Regards The HESC Team

Reviewed June 5, 2018

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 June 10, 2018

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

Reviewed June 3, 2018

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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Thank shelagh45
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

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

Reviewed May 31, 2018 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

Thank Sar_Bear17
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

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

Reviewed May 28, 2018

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
Public Relation... M, Public Relations Manager at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2018

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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Smitha S
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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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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