Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) (R40, Klaserie Road, Hoedspruit. Limpopo) – HESC is a sanctuary for animals. It conserves rare, vulnerable and endangered animals and is home to cheetah, wild dogs, black-footed cats, African wild cats, ground horn bills, blue cranes, sable antelope, rhinos amongst others. HESC started as a sanctuary for cheetahs when its founder (Lente Roode) initiated a dream she had to work with and help cheetahs back in 1990. Back then, HESC was called the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project. Her private game reserve, Kapama, includes HESC.
HESC is also actively involved in anti-poaching efforts. It was HESC that initiated the formation of an anti-poaching unit to stop the senseless slaughter of animals, which has subsequently been absorbed into the SA Police. HESC has focused particularly on cheetahs and a breeding programme has produced over 270 born in the sanctuary, including 20 rare king cheetahs. Wherever possible these animals are released into the wild.
As a visitor you will watch a detailed presentation about HESC does, join a guided tour, enjoy game drives, and appreciate being up close and personal with animals you might battle to see in the wild, yet still in an environmentally sustainable environment. There is a tea garden and a curio shop with artefacts often handmade by local communities. Make sure that you include the vulture restaurant.
Standard Tour: R180 (adult), R145 (seniors), R90 (child ages 6-11 years). Times vary – see its website for details, including tour hours: https://hesc.co.za