Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Accommodation
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Accommodation focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of our core disciplines.

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Accommodation 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 Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Accommodation 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.

Curio 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.

Accommodation at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Accommodation:
Sebeka Guesthouse:
If you love the bush, but appreciate your creature comforts, then Sebeka Guesthouse is just for you. The guesthouse can accommodate 6 people sharing and nestles in the tranquil bush of the Kapama Game Reserve. At Sebeka, a mere metre and a half fence separates you from the bush, so you have an unspoiled view of the animals passing by. Sebeka also has a big protected yard surrounding the house – an excellent roaming area for curious young explorers. Sebeka has a fully equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, barbeque area and a garage where vehicles can safely be parked.

As a self-catered unit, guests determine their own meal times and preferences. The outdoor boma is the spot for a magnificent meal underneath the stars – nothing quite tops a traditional South African braai (barbeque). For those who are not inclined to bring their own food, à la carte breakfasts and lunches are served daily at The Deli, based within HESC. Dinners may be arranged by HESC too. Dinner will be delivered to Sebeka‘s Guesthouse by the HESC team.

Those who prefer not to bring their own food may choose from two meal plans when confirming accommodation: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast or Bed & Breakfast. This must be requested at the time of booking. Online bookings through Nightsbridge have the meal plans available as options.

Khula`s Cottage:
Khula’s Cottage is a charming self-catering cottage built in a truly unique and extraordinary location within the perimeter of The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Basic electricity is provided via solar panels and limited mobile phone coverage facilitates a true African getaway from the hustle and bustle of city living. The cottage offers an exclusive and private setting to observe the life of HESC’s cheetahs, and is the perfect base from which to explore the scenic wonders of the lowveld, including (but not limited to) God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Pilgrim’s Rest.

This is a birder’s paradise, for the region supports a diverse and kaleidoscopic number of bird species. Another treat for feathered enthusiasts is watching vultures descend from the sky to avail themselves of the pickings delivered to the Vulture Restaurant at HESC.

Khula’s Cottage is set within its own enclosed and protected area, offering a private and personal experience. This is the ideal experience for self-drive clients who do not wish to compromise on comfort, but are looking for an authentic bush experience with great value for money.

The cottage comprises three en-suite bedrooms and is perfect for larger families, or for friends traveling together. The cottage consists of two twin rooms (each with an additional day bed) and one double room. An expansive wooden deck boasts spectacular views of the surrounding wilds. Amenities include towels, linen, cutlery, tea and coffee making facilities and cooking utensils. The cottage has a gas fridge and stove.

Clients staying at Khula’s Cottage will have a dedicated ranger on hand should they require any assistance. Visitors will leave their vehicles at HESC and a ranger will escort them to the cottage.

As a self-catered unit, guests determine their own meal times and preferences. The outdoor boma is the spot for a magnificent meal underneath the stars – nothing quite tops a traditional South African braai (barbeque). For those who are not inclined to bring their own food, à la carte breakfasts and lunches are served daily at The Deli, based within HESC. Those who are travelling from afar may also send their grocery list through in advance, and the HESC team will purchase the items on their behalf. Dinners may be arranged by HESC too.

Visitors may also define their preferred catering option:
- No hosting or set up required, and dinner is simply delivered to Khula’s Cottage.
- No hosting required, but dinner is set up for guests’ enjoyment (ZAR 250.00 charge)
- Dedicated hosting by one of HESC’s Guides, and dinner is set up for guests’ enjoyment (ZAR 500.00 charge). The host will also take care of ‘braaing’ meat on behalf of guests should they require.

Those who prefer not to bring their own food may choose from two meal plans when confirming accommodation: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast or Bed & Breakfast. This must be requested at the time of booking. Online bookings through Nightsbridge have the meal plans available as options.

Please note:
Gates open at 06h00 and close at 17h00 daily.
Check in is at 14h00 and check out is at 10h00.
Guests are able to enjoy a game drive on the magnificent Kapama Game Reserve.
From:
R950.00 pps

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Facilities & Services:

  • Children under 12 years
  • Honeymoon Couples
  • Elderly
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Self-Braai / Barbecue
  • Curio Shop
  • Tourism Information Desk
  • Parking (off-street - open)
  • Garden
  • Afrikaans
  • English


Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Accommodation Activities:

Standard Tours:
Following an introductory presentation, day visitors will embark on an in-depth tour of the centre. Open safari vehicles with experienced guides depart every 2 hours, commencing at 09h00 every day, with the last tour at 15h00 (a slightly different schedule is applied during peak periods).
HESC houses a number of animal species including cheetah, African wild dog, lion, African wild cat, Ground hornbill, Sable antelope, to name just a few. Visitors can view the resident animals in close proximity, in a habitat simulating what they would experience in the wild. Guests are also afforded the opportunity of watching rare African vultures feeding at the Vulture Restaurant.
Normal tour hours: 09h00 / 11h00 / 13h00 / 15h00
During national holiday season (including public holidays and long weekends) tours take place at the following times:
08h00 / 10h00 / 12h00 / 14h00 / 16h00
Tours last for 2 hours each. After the introductory video, guests will have time for questions and answers with the guides.
The Cheetah Spot offers guests the opportunity to observe HESC’s beautiful cheetahs at close range. Located approximately 300 m from HESC’s entrance, guests can relax and appreciate the cats while waiting for their tour to commence.

Cheetah Focus Tour:
In addition to the standard tour, the cheetah focus tour also includes:

A drive through the cheetah enclosure where the cheetah run takes place. This involves the cheetah chasing a lure (a piece of cloth pulled by a pulley system). Witnessing the fastest animal on the planet at full speed is a sight to behold.
A drive through the wild dog enclosure where guests will watch the ​’painted wolves’ while they feed. A trip to the Vulture Restaurant where guests will experience the vultures circling in a synchronised pattern, and descending out of the sky to feed off the remains on the ground.

Private Tours:
HESC offers private tours to individuals who wish to experience a tour through the centre on their own private vehicle.
In addition to the standard tour, guests will have the rare opportunity to view the feeding of wild dogs and vultures.
Normal tour hours: 09h00 / 11h00 / 13h00 / 15h00
During national holiday season (including public holidays and long weekends) tours take place at the following times:
08h00 / 10h00 / 12h00 / 14h00 / 16h00
(Bookings are essential. Subject to season of travel.)

Photographic Excursions:
HESC offers specialised photographic excursions for photographers who wish to capture images or videos of the various species at HESC privately. The tours present the unique ability to get in close proximity to a variety of animals, in a natural setting. Each tour includes a private vehicle and guide.
The Standard Photographic Tour is an extended version of the regular HESC tour.
Duration: 3 hours
The Exclusive Photographic Tour enables visitors to climb off the vehicle, where permitted, in order to capture better images of the animals in their enclosures.
Duration: 4 hours (half day) / 8 hours (full day)
The Inclusive Photographic Tour includes time with HESC’s curator within specified animal enclosures, giving photographers the opportunity to get off the vehicle, where permitted, in order to capture better images.
Duration: 4 hours (half day) / 8 hours (full day)

Please note:
As HESC is a conservation and animal care centre, and not a natural reserve, animals are housed within enclosures separated by fences.
As part of HESC’s policy, there is no direct interaction between man and animal, as their core focus is on giving these animals an environment as close to their natural one as possible.

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