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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

Tours

TOUR 

RATES  BOOKINGS 
Standard Tour (Adult) R 150.00 per person Bookings are essential
Standard Tour 6 - 11 years R 75.00 per person  
Standard Tour Pensioner (ages 65 and up) R 120.00 per person Bookings are essential
Guided School walking tour R 32.00 per learner (includes a small juice)   
Guided School vehicle tour R 60.00 per learner (includes a small juice) Bookings are essential 
School Lunch R 70.00 per person  
     
Game Drive    
Morning game drive with coffee break, or an afternoon game drive with a sundowner on Kapama Private Game Reserve (Big 5) Departs from HESC at 06:00 in the morning and 16:00 in the afternoon. Adults
R 520.00 per personChildren
R 260 per person (light snack and drink included) No children U/6
Bookings are essential
Private Tour Includes    
Private vehicle for HESC tour Includes: Standard HESC Tour, Wild dog feeding and Vulture feeding. Subject to season of travel. Private vehicle for a private game drive, on the Kapama Private Game Reserve. R 2 320.00 per Safari Vehicle (Maximum of 10 people per Safari Vehicle) R 6 350.00 per vehicle, per game drive Bookings are essential
Cheetah Focus Tour Includes    
Cheetah Run, Standard HESC Tour, Wild dog feeding Vulture feeding. Adults
R 465 per person (Maximum of 10 people)
Children
R 235.00 (No children under 12)
Bookings are essential
Photographic Extended Tour    
Duration: +/- 3 hours Please note, as the nature of a sanctuary such as this one, animals are kept behind fences. Cheetah, wild dog and rhino can however be viewed within their enclosures. Guests are not permitted to leave the vehicle at any time, unless authorised by the HESC Guide at specific areas over the course of the tour. R 3 100.00 per safari vehicle (Maximum of 6 people per safari vehicle) Bookings are essential
 

HESC is open 7 days a week all year round, with the exception of Christmas day.

Normal tour hours:
09h00 / 11h00 / 13h00 / 15h00
During national holiday season (including public holidays and long weekends) tours will be conducted at the following times:
08h00 / 10h00/ 12h00/ 14h00/ 16h00

The duration of each tour is 2 hours. Therefore it enables the visitor to have sufficient time to ask questions to the guide and do an in-depth tour of the centre.

Please note that tours won’t be conducted every hour.

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOOKING YOUR TOUR IN ADVANCE, AS THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE ARE ABLE TO GUARANTEE AVAILABILITY. DON’T BE DISAPPOINTED

 

Accommodation

HESC has a range of overnight accommodation options for you to consider. Visitors can enjoy the various activities on offer at the centre itself, or explore the Hoedspruit, Limpopo and Mpumalanga regions which are renowned for their beauty and diversity.

 

ACCOMMODATION TYPE

RATES

BOOKINGS

Khula's Cottage

 

 

3 Double Bedrooms, 2 daybeds in the 2 main bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Kitchen, Deck and a Boma.

1-4 people R3 600.00 per night

5-6 people - Per adult sharing: R900.00 per night

5-6 people - Per child sharing: R450.00 per night (Maximum 6 adults & 2 children)

Bookings are essential

Catering options:

 

 

1.) Dedicated hosting: an assigned, qualified field guide will set up the dining area and accompany guests during dinner.

R500.00

Bookings are essential

2.) Dinner set-up in boma (outdoor dining area or on the deck).

R250.00

3.) Fully self-catered. An onsite Deli is available. *Dinner menu is available at the Deli.

 

 

Sebeka Guesthouse

 

 

The Guesthouse has 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Kitchen and Living room with Barbecue area (self-catering). The Guesthouse can accommodate 6 people sharing.

1-4 people R1 600.00 per night

5-6 people R1 800.00 per night

Bookings are essential

Wildlife Conservation Experience

Rates 2017 
ZAR31 200 per person on a three week stay
ZAR20 800 per person on a two week stay
ZAR10 400 per person on a one week stay
 
 
Rates include: transfers between Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport and the centre; accommodation; daily meals in Nungu camp; specified activities; programme facilitators; as well as weekly town trips. Rates exclude transport fees for any additional activities.
 

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.