The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.
THE HESC IS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK (2 HOUR TOURS)
Normal tour hours:
9 am / 11 am / 1 pm / 3 pm
During national holiday season (including public holidays and long weekends) tours will be conducted on the following times:
8 am / 10am/ 12pm/ 2pm/ 4pm
The Centre is actively involved in:
– The breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species
– The release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild
– The treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals which are brought to the Centre
– The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation activities
– A hands-on Student’s Programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.
HESC offers guests accommodation for guests either at Khula’s Cottage or Sebeka self-catering cottage. Each offering guests the quintessential African experience.
Khula’s Cottage is the recently unveiled eco-friendly private cottage, with self-catering options and onsite Deli, 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. The cottage comprises of 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 & coffee making facilities and cooking utensils. The cottage offers a gas fridge and stove. As a self-catered unit, clients 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). Breakfast and lunch is also served daily at The Deli, based within the HESC.
Sebeka is a self-catering unit that has a fully equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and a garage where vehicles can safely be parked. There are also braai (barbeque) facilities outside as well as a fire pit and patio. The guesthouse can sleep 6 people sharing making it the perfect accommodation for families or small groups of friends. Children of all ages are welcome at the guesthouse; as there is a large protected yard surrounding the house, it is an excellent roaming area for curious young explorers.