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Review of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
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$109.61*
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Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Tour from Hazyview
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Hoedspruit
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Owner description: Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of the core disciplines. HESC has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management approach, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species in southern Africa. The centre places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of cheetah in captivity. The excellent condition of these animals and the premises on which they are maintained, reflect the attention to detail, which is the hallmark of this facility. STANDARD TOUR 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 our first tour can include the cheetah run, however bookings are essential. Prior reservations are essential. Please refer to our rate sheet for more information on special packages and accommodation. DELI at CHEETAH Visitors may enjoy a selection of home baked cakes and a light meal under thatched cover overlooking the Centre's enclosures. Refreshments such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine and beer are but some of the offerings available to a thirsty palate. Groups can be catered for, but we advise bookings to guarantee efficient serving time. CURIO SHOP One of the most imported sources of funding at the HESC is the curio shop; stocked to the brim with locally made artefacts, wildlife literature, and children's toys, visitors will no doubt enjoy the experience of browsing through the colorful shelves. Many of the pieces for sale in the shop are made by local communities, renowned for their proficiency in beading and weaving. All proceeds from sales in our curio shop from your visit will go towards the care and up- keep of our hundreds of animals and birds.
Basel, Switzerland
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Excellent explanations from the very knowledgable guide. Answered all our questions with interesting stories.

Visited March 2013
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“Great Centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

We really enjoyed going to the centre. It was very informative and were able to see the young cheetahs and wild dogs up close. Michael, the King cheetah was very pretty. The Vulture restaurant was quite interesting.

Visited April 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Easter Outing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

We went to visit the centre as a group of seven friends on Easter Sunday. We were hoping to make another tour nearby that clashed with the last half hour of this tour. The staff were so friendly and accommodating and made a plan to give us the tour in time for us to get to the next destination. Great customer service!
Very friendly staff and such fun to drive around in the game vehicle seeing all the animals!

Visited March 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Informative Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

We went through to the Cheetah Breeding Centre over this Easter weekend, and we found it to be quite informative and sad at the same time. The Cheetah's were beautiful and healthy and the young ones were free and looked so cute. The drive takes you right into the wild dog enclosure so you couldn't get closer. The vulture resturaunt was scary and cool at the same time. All in all a good day.

Visited March 2013
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Torrevieja, Spain
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Thank you to Marius for showing us around the centre. We had a marvelous day and loved all the animals.

Visited March 2013
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