TOURS BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY (Book 24 hrs in advance)

Tours Daily: 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00 (the experience lasts approximately 2 hours)
Adults: R650 p/p  |  Pensioners: R550 p/p  |  Children 6-12: R350 p/p  |  Children under 12: No charge
Effective January – December 2024

To book: or +27 (0) 83 654 2299.



The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has repositioned to change its core business focus.

HESC is well established worldwide as an important role player in the conservation and breeding of cheetahs and the maintenance and expansion of the already limited gene pool. HESC also plays an active role in the rehabilitation of injured endangered species.

From I July 2021 our core business changed to focus on conservation and rehabilitation activities, while the tourism component of our business (including tours of the facility and accommodation opportunities) was discontinued. The decision to reposition and to refocus became necessary in the current pandemic-stricken economic climate to ensure the financial viability of the Centre and its conservation activities going forward.

HESC will continue to provide research opportunities and will uphold its commitment to the various community support and enhancement activities in its immediate vicinity.
Our fundraising activities have been increased to assist with the financing of the
Centre’s very important and vital activities.
Lente Roode remains the owner and managing director of HESC.


1 July 2021, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre


The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre strives to support conservation within a sustainable ecosystem by focusing on the survival of endangered species through the maintenance of diverse bloodlines of cheetahs, rehabilitation of rhinos, education of both local and international communities about the necessity of conservation, and focussed research for long-term sustainability of endangered species.

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About HESC

Since its establishment in 1990 as the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project, HESC has played an important role in the conservation of specific endangered species, particularly cheetahs and rhinos.


HESC presents a fascinating insight into rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species, and animal conservation efforts at large. It offers fun and informative tours, and other specialised excursions to visitors. Funds raised through tourism activities contribute directly to our conservation projects and daily operating costs.


HESC is home to a variety of animal and bird species including (but not limited to) the African wild cat, blue crane, cheetah and king cheetah, leopard, lion, sable antelope, serval, southern ground hornbill, vultures and white rhinoceros.


HESC provides exceptional opportunities to experience the African bushveld and an excellent base from which to explore the scenic wonders of the Lowveld. 



HESC cooperates on an informal and formal level with various institutions and organisations to conduct its conservation and tourism programmes.


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.

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HESC maintains a strict policy of no contact or interaction with animals kept on the property. Our policy is aligned with international trends based on animal ethics and welfare and is aimed at ensuring the safety and health of both animals and visitors. Our policy further endorses the right of animals to live a life without fear, which is often the consequence of close contact with humans with whom they are not acquainted. We avoid human-imprinting, whereby the animals will identify more with humans than with their own species and cause them to become problem animals once released.