Hoedspruit Endangered Species CentreCurrently Closed
- Address: R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie, Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380,South Africa
- Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +27-157931633
- Ticket Price: 140 ZAR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Sanctuary , Wildlife Park, Family And Kids
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre - Review
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare and vulnerable species. Cheetah Conservation is one of the core activities of HESC. This place has over the time established itself as a leading private research and breeding facility for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species of southern Africa.
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. Do not miss out on curio shop; which is stocked to the brim with locally made artifacts, wildlife literature, and children's toys. Visitors will no doubt enjoy the experience of browsing through the colorful shelves. Many of the pieces for sale in these shops are made by local communities, renowned for their proficiency in beading and weaving.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Information
- The animals are very well-kept here. Please maintain decorum and be kind to animals.
- Do not feed them anything or eat anything in front of them unless advised to do so.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Ticket Prices
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Tour
- Adult: 140 South African Rand
- Child: 65 South African Rand
Big Five Kapama Game Drive
- Adult (12 and above): 380.00 South African Rand
- Child (Below the age of 12): 130.00 South African Rand
Cheetah Focus Tour
- Per person-300.00 South African Rand
Wildlife Conservation Experience (3 week program)
- 19,200.00-21,300.00 South African Rand
Wildlife Conservation Experience ( 1 week program)
- 7800.00-8660.00 South African Rand
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Opening and Closing Hours
- Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Tour: 2 hours
- Big Five Kapama Game Drive: 3 hours
- Cheetah Focus Tour: 1 hour
- Wildlife Conservation Experience: 3 weeks
- Wildlife Conservation Experience: 1 week
How To reach Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre by Public Transport
- 26.8 kilometers from Hoedspruit Railway Station.
- Take a cab from here.
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Hoedspruit Reviews
As a potential visitor, you must be very clear about the purpose of this centre. As it's name indicates, it provides a safe haven for some endangered African wildlife species to live. I mention this because I overheard more than one party grumbling, having clearly visited under the misapprehension that would have a mini-safari experience. You do have the opportunity of taking a guided tour. This is as close to the safari experience as you will get at the venue... driven in open 4X4 vehicles and guided by khaki clad rangers. The guide that accompanied our small group was very personable and appeared knowledgeable. The tour itself covers a relatively small area. There are a number of endangered species (King Cheetah, Rhino etc) to be seen. However, since the nature of the centre is protection, they are all kept in penned off enclosures. As a photographer, this made it all but impossible to get images that contained no obvious man made elements. I'm not a bird person, however I was fascinated by the 'Vulture's Diner'. This is an area filled with bones and rotting carcasses. Open to the sky, it serves as a feeding point for local Vultures and otherbirds. The Centre is clearly focused on addressing a very real problem - the decimation of species in Africa. It succeeds as a place to 'introduce' the public to this issue and does so in chunks that are small enough to be easily absorbed. I was also very pleased to see that they did not use the graphic (yet real) imagery which is often used to reinforce this issue. Without doubt this decision costs them in terms of fewer spontaneous donations from visitors, however it does make for a much more family orientated experience. Would I go again? Probably.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in SA. 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. Highly recommended!
Best visit I have had. Great experience with all the animals.
That was a very special and meaningful visit at the HESC. The ranger lady "Pepsi" gave us a very interesting tour through the center. That was fun and stuffed with interesting facts. I admire the work which these people do for endangered species. More tourists and residents should support the center and what they do.
This was a real experience for the whole family. The drive around the reserve and the interaction with the Cheetahs was amazing. The vulture feeding pit (although smelly) was an incredible sight and the opportunity to see the animals in their spacious enclosures was fantastic. I highly recommend a visit.
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