The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of our core disciplines.
The HESC is actively involved in the breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species; the 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; the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals that are brought to the Centre.
The HESC also offers an intensive, hands-on Student's Programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.Day Visitors
Following an introductory presentation on the Centre, day visitors are treated to an in-depth tour of the centre.
Departing on the hour, open safari vehicles with experienced guides move between the various enclosures, enabling participants to view cheetah, wild dog, lions, the black-footed cat, african wild cat, ground hornbills, sable antelope and much more.
A great treat is experiencing the feeding sessions of various rare African vultures as they swoop down into the “vulture restaurant” to feed on the remains of carcasses. This area attracts White-backed Vultures, Hooded Vultures, occasionally the Lappet-faced Vulture and Cape Griffon, the Marabou Stork and Bateleur Eagle.
The bones and carcasses come from the bomas, paddocks and pens around the Centre, and once they have been picked clean they are taken to a bone miller and the proceeds are put pack into the Centre. Nothing goes to waste!
Visitors may also participate on an elephant-back safari. Conducted early morning and late afternoon, guests enjoy close contact game viewing from the vantage point atop the massive pachyderm. This is truly a memorable and humbling experience. The Camp Jabulani herd of elephants are renowned for their beautiful temperaments and outstanding physical condition. Contact
Reservations for daily tours:
Tel : +27 15 793 1633
Mobile : + 27 83 654 2299
Fax : + 27 15 793 1646Curio Shop
One of the most imported sources of funding at the HESC is the curio shop. Stocked to the brim with locally made artefacts, wildlife literature, and children’s toys, visitors will no doubt enjoy the experience of browsing through the colorful shelves.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Map:
From Johannesburg by road:
Take the N12/N4 from Johannesburg via Witbank to Middleburg.
Turn left on the R540 towards Belfast.
In the centre of Belfast turn right to Dullstroom and Lydenburg (look out for the signage).
Take the R36 to Ohrigstad, through the Strijdom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
Turn right at the R40 to Klaserie / Bushbuck Ridge.
Continue on the R40 past the entrance to Kapama Game Reserve and Camp Jabulani.
The entrance to the Centre (Cheetah Project) is reached approximately 10 km further on the left. Report at the gate and continue on the gravel road for 400 metres.