The Hoedspruit Research and Breeding Centre for Endangered Species (HESC) is situated on 100 hectares of the Kapama Game Reserve and focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines. More than 80 cheetah can be seen, including tame individuals, cubs and the beautiful king cheetah (these cheetahs have recessive genetic modifications that result in them having stripes rather than spots).
The tour brings you in close contact species such as the wild dog, serval, caracal, black-footed cat, aardwolf, ground hornbill, blue crane, African wild cat, and the endangered Sable antelope. The Centre is a non−profitable organization putting all funds back into nature conservation in order to help ensure the continued survival of all endangered animal species. Today the Centre has established itself as one of the leaders in the breeding and research of endangered species.
Following an introductory presentation on HESC, day visitors are treated to an in-depth tour of the Centre. Open safari vehicles with experienced guides depart on the hour. Moving between the various enclosures, guests can view cheetah, wild dog, lions, black-footed cats, African wild cats, ground hornbills, Sable antelope and much more in an up close and personal manner. Prior reservations are essential. Guests are also afforded the opportunity of watching rare African vultures feeding on carcass remains at the “Vulture Restaurant”. This area attracts mostly White-backed and Hooded vultures, although the Lappet-faced vulture Cape Griffon, Marabou stork and Bateleur eagle also frequent the area fairly regularly.
Duration: Half Day Tour
Time: Depart from lodge at 9am. Arrive back at lodge before lunch.
Includes: Entrance fees per person, return transfers from and to Sausage Tree, services of a professional tour guide and touring in luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
News and Sightings
This new addition to the inside of our lodge is in fact a stunning photograph taken by our guide Kevin whilst on drive here on Balule. We have four others..
HYENA CALLING This female hyena was calling very strongly right in front of our vehicle early this morning and criss crosssing over the junction of Sable..