The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre concentrates on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals with emphasis on the Cheetah. Tours, hands-on student programmes and interesting activities are offered at the centre.
The HESC is focussed on education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation activities; eco-tourism; the release and establishment of captive-bred Cheetahs back into the wild and the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals including orphaned Rhino that are brought to the centre.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre 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. Other facilities include a Tea Garden, Curio Shop and Game Drives.
Tours start at the following times 9 am / 11 am / 1 pm / 3 pm
The 2 hour tour highlights include a dvd presentation; opportunity to view Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Ground Hornbills and many other rare and endangered species in their natural habitat; visit the fascinating vulture restaurant.
The Private Tour offers everything that the Standard Tour includes plus Wild Dog feeding and Vulture feeding. The cost includes a private vehicle and safari guide for a maximum of 10 people.
There is a morning game drive that departs at 06:00 and also an afternoon game drive including sun downers on Kapama Private Game Reserve that departs from HESC at 16:00. This guided game drive will give you the opportunity to possibly see the Big Five!
Directions to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Take the R36 to Ohrigstad, through the Strijdom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
Turn right at the R40 to Klaserie / Bushbuck Ridge. For Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre continue on the R40 past the entrance to Kapama Game Reserve (Buffalo Camp) and Camp Jabulani. The entrance to the Centre (Cheetah Project) is reached approximately 10km further on the left. Report at the gate and continue on the gravel road for 400 metres.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre also offers an intensive, hands-on Student's Programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world. The centre is home to Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Black-Footed Cats, Lion, African Wild Cats, Ground Horn Bills, Sable Antelope, exotic species etc. Participants will form part of the "hands-on" team and work side by side with full-time personnel of the centre in the daily tasks of the centre (feeding, animal care, cleaning).
Aim of Programme
Participation, Conservation and Sightseeing (practical)
Programmes are run on a 1, 2 or 3 week basis and include a basic conservation course, consisting of a theoretical component, followed by active participation in practical exercises. Accommodation is in thatched 2 person huts and 3 meals a day are prepared by participants in the camp kitchen for team-building experience.
- Hands on experience - working with animals and feeding
- Daily talks on various topics - e.g. conservation, identification, survival
- Practical - outings to Kruger & Kapama; tracking in the bush
- Other - possible Big 5 walk, Elephant interaction
- Community work at a rural school
For rates and course dates on the Student Programme please contact a Siyabona Africa Consultant.