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HESC & Khula's Cottage

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

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
  • Eco-tourism
  • A hands-on Student’s Programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

Location

The HESC is located in the Limpopo Province in Hoedspruit, South Africa.

The drive is approximately 4 ½ hours from Johannesburg and is on tarred main roads.

South African Express runs daily scheduled flights between Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit and OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports.

 

Acommodation

The HESC has a range of overnight accommodations for you to consider. Khula’s Cottage is the recently unveiled eco-friendly self-catering cottage, built in a truly unique and extraordinary location within the perimeter of The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

Khula’s Cottage:

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.

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 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.

Clients staying at Khula’s Cottage will have a dedicated ranger on hand should they require any assistance. 

Facilities

  1. The HESC presents a fascinating insight into rare and vulnerable animal species and animal conservation efforts at large.
  2. It offers fun and interactive tours, drives, and excursions. Open safari vehicles with experienced guides depart on the hour moving between the various enclosures.
  3. A range of accommodation options are offered for visitors looking for a longer stay – an ideal base from which to explore the area.
  4. “The Deli at the Cheetah Centre” offers a selection of home-baked cakes and light meals. 
  5. Curio Shop.
  6. Art Gallery

Activities and tours:

In-depth tour of the Centre offers fascinating insight into rare and vulnerable animal species and animal conservation efforts at large.

Open safari vehicles with experienced guides depart on the hour moving between the various enclosures. Guests can view cheetah, wild dog, lions, black-footed cats, African wild cats, ground hornbills, Sable antelope and much more in an up close and personal manner.

“Vulture Restaurant” - Guests are also afforded the opportunity of watching rare African vultures feeding on carcass remains.

Visitors may also participate on an elephant-back safari.

Guests staying at one of HESC’s camps are also able to enjoy a game drive on the magnificent Big Five Kapama Game Reserve.

Fact File

  1. The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals.
  2. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.
  3. 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; Eco-tourism; A hands-on Student’s Programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.
  4. Open safari vehicles with experienced guides depart on the hour. Moving between the various enclosures, guests can view cheetah, wild dog, lions, black-footed cats, African wild cats, ground hornbills, Sable antelope and much more in an up close and personal manner.
  5. The Centre spearheaded the formation of an anti-poaching unit which has since been absorbed into the South African Police Force.
  6. The HESC is a non-profit organisation and is entirely dependent on funds generated from donations, sponsorships and eco-tourism.
  7. It has a range of accommodation options for visitors looking for a longer stay – an ideal base from which to explore the area.

Rates

RATES : 2014

TOURS RATE TIME
Standard Tour: Adult R 130 per person Guided tours leave every 2 hours:
The first tour departs at 09h00 and the last one at 15h00.
Bookings are essential
Standard Tour: 6 – 11 years R 60 per person
Standard Tour: Pensioner (ages 65 and up) R 100 per person
Guided School walking tour: R 20 per learner (includes a small juice) Bookings are essential
Guided School vehicle tour: R 50 per learner (includes a small juice) Bookings are essential
School Lunch: R50-00 per person (includes a cool drink, chips and hamburger / hotdog / toasted sandwich) Bookings are essential
Game Drive:Afternoon game drive Sundowner at Quagga dam on Kapama Private Game Reserve (Big 5)
Departs from HESC at 16:00
Adults:
R 350 per personChildren under 12:
R 120 per person
No children under 6
Bookings are essential
Wild dog Feeding: R 50 per person Bookings are essential
Vulture Feeding: R 50 per person Bookings are essential
Cheetah run:HESC resident cheetah/s runs at the centre. Only available on certain days together with the early morning tour. Standard HESC Tour included Subject to availability Bookings are essential
Private Tour Includes:Standard HESC Tour Wild dog feeding Vulture feeding Educational Lecture R 2000 per Safari Vehicle(Maximum of 10 people per Safari Vehicle) Bookings are essential
Khula’s Cottage:Based on 4 people sharing
Per additional adult sharing
Per additional child sharing
(3 Double Bedrooms, 2 daybeds located in the 2 main bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Kitchen and Deck)
R 2400 per night
R 600 per night
R 300 per night
Maximum 6 adults & 2 children U/12 sharingSelf catering
Bookings are essential
     

Click here for the rates & general information 2014 PDF (daily visitors)
Click here for the rates & general information 2015 PDF (daily visitors)
Please note:

  • Prior reservations are essential for the above tours.
  • Prices are subject to change.

Click here to download the Disclaimer and Indemnity.

Why We LOVE it

  1. The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is living proof that people can make a difference to the long-term survival of the planet, and its animal inhabitants. It is indeed a pleasure to see animals rehabilitated and cared for in a safe environment.
  2. It offers fun and interactive tours, drives, and excursions. Moving between the various enclosures, guests can view animals in an up close and personal manner. Cheetah, wild dog, lions, black-footed cats, African wild cats, ground hornbills, Sable antelope and much more can be seen.
  3. It is an ideal base from which to explore the area.

FAQ's

What animals can one see at the Centre?

The animals at the Centre can be divided into the following two main categories:

The first group comprises all the animals incorporated in the breeding programmes and include cheetahs, black-footed cats, African wildcats, African wild dogs and blue cranes.

The second category includes all the other animals that are in the care of the HESC. They include: Rhino, Lion, Caracal, Sable Antelope, Serval, Buffalo, Zebra, Tsessebe, Nyala, Bushbuck, Ground hornbill, Blue cranes, Marabou Stork, Spotted Eagle Owl, Vulture and the Grey crowned crane. This group includes animals that were brought to, or referred to, the Centre as injured or orphaned individuals and animals confiscated by Environmental Conservation Authorities as well as Animal Welfare Organisations.

How can I support he HESC efforts?

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation and is dependent on donations and sponsorships to maintain its breeding programmes and the various projects undertaken in terms of research, education, relocation and rescuing abandoned and orphaned animals.

Click here to read more about the various options available to those who wish to get involved, as well as to learn more about the various fundraising initiatives and sponsorships which keep the HESC’s doors open. 

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