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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 793 1633
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Ranked #8 of 18 attractions in Hoedspruit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of the core disciplines. The Centre has... more » Owner description: The HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of the core disciplines. The Centre has established itself as one of the leaders in the breeding and research of endangered species. Besides this the Centre also provides a safe haven for orphaned and sick animals, as well as an education centre where the public and South Africa’s younger generations can learn about endangered species by observing them at close range. The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre works closely with advisory committees of the Pretoria Zoo and the University of Pretoria. « less
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Usa River
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Good tours and gives you a chance to see the animals quite close up despite the (very large) enclosures.

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Spotswood, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Very different animals to what you will see in the wild or safari, highly recommend a visit. A great experience and a chance to rehabilitation of animals that need it.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you happen to be in the area, be sure to pay a visit. They will tell you all about Cheetahs and other animals and YES you get to see them in a 20 Minute tour. Curio Shop is a bit overpriced though...

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London
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17 reviews 17 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We visited this place in May and were extremely disappointed, but I think that had to do mainly with our guide. Basically, the centre is like a drive through zoo essentially. You're on an open game drive vehicle with a guide who takes you around and shows you all the animals they have, mostly cheetah. I guess if there were... More

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Western Cape, South Africa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I have recommended the HESC to clients - but had not actually been there myself until this past week. I like what I see, and was surprised that the most interesting moments came with animals other than cheetahs! They have some rescued wild dogs that visitors will see.. including their feeding on the morning tour I took. The amazing vulture... More

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Atlanta
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Very cool look at cheetahs, lions. Don't miss the Vulture feeding. These people are doing good work. Should be supported

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San Jose, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

OK but nothing special. Pros: African Wild Dogs and Cheetahs. Cons: Superficial info on tour which is a drive around the cages.

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Empangeni, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I was so excited about going to this place as they have the King cheetah and the black footed cats, which i really wanted to see. It was a bit pricey, but since we were on a 2 week animal holiday, we went. They were very accommodating with my mom not being able to climb up the side of the... More

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Swarzedz, Poland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

people care about saving specialy wild lion cubs or any other whos mother got killed or somthing else happend,they have a chance to survive ,they doing very good job and mostly they love it

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

A wonderful experience. They have several tours during the day. I arrive in time for the 11 a.m. tour. You get to see a 20 minute video first. Video was a bit dated. Then you go around in a safari vehicle while the ranger explained a lot of stuff. Most of the animals were in large enclosures. You get to... More

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