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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre - HESC

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is living proof that people can make a difference to the long-term survival of the planet and its animal inhabitants.

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HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. Cheetah Conservation is one of its core disciplines.

The centre is actively involved in research; breeding of endangered animal species; the education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation-related activities; tourism; the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs in the wild; the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals in need (including poached rhinos); and anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve.

HESC is home to a variety of animal species including (but not limited to) African wild cat, ground hornbill, sable antelope, lion, cheetah, and rhino. Some of these animals are at the centre as part of their breeding programme, while others were brought in because they were injured, orphaned or in need of rehabilitation. Some animals were also brought in by wildlife authorities after being confiscated or rescued from unfavorable environments.

Book one of our special tours and experience this amazing center first hand.

What people say

Loved our recent stay in Nungu camp and our tour at HESC. Friendly and informative guide, loved seei...  -  Wilma Oosthuizen - Hut 1.

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Wilma Oosthuizen - Hut 1

Loved our recent stay in Nungu camp and our tour at HESC. Friendly and informative guide, loved seeing the animals and hearing about the work the centre does.

Wilma Oosthuizen - Hut 1 experienced the Standard Tour


Gabriela Fetz

It was a great experience and we enjoyed every minute. Good information, very knowledgable ranger guide explaining eerything. We will be back for sure and bring other friends with us. You are doing a fantastic job, congratulations.

Gabriela Fetz experienced the Standard Tour for pensioners


Caitlin Frisby

I really enjoyed the Standard Tour. Our guide Sean was very friendly and shared his knowledge of all the special animals we got to see. The vulture feeding was definitely a highlight! I would highly recommend this tour, it is excellent value for money! I look forward to my next visit.

Caitlin Frisby experienced the Standard Tour


Nikki Darteh

Our visit was really nice and we appreciate the work you are doing

Nikki Darteh experienced the Standard Tour


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