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“Over Priced for venue”

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
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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.
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Over Priced for venue”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

OK but nothing special.

Pros: African Wild Dogs and Cheetahs.
Cons: Superficial info on tour which is a drive around the cages.

Visited May 2014
Thank Cynthia P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“An other mixed review on our trip”
Reviewed 29 May 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 truck. So she sat in the front of the vehicle. The guide was informative, and was honest, when we asked some questions he tried to answer but was honest and said he didnt know - mostly about how the animals got there. The cheetah run was amazing although, it all happens so quickly, and they only do it twice, perhaps they could it 3 or 4 times. the cheetah seems to enjoy it. The vulture feeding was interesting, the wild dogs being fed, i found it much more informative then when we went to the Lion and rhino reserve. I did find it a bit rushed, he raced around the little roads. I was very disappointed that we didn't get to see the king cheetahs , we only saw the wild dogs, vultures a few cheetah and the ground horn bills and lions, and then the poor rescued Rhinos. A lot of the animals we couldn't get nice pictures of as they were through cages, he did offer to take pictures through the fence, but only at the cheetahs.
I would recommend that the driver/guide actually tells you were we heading to next, as we flew past the wild cat enclosures to go to the feeding. and before we knew it we were back at the reception. When my dad asked about the wild cats he said sorry he forgot, and when i asked about the king cheetahs he said they were breeding and weren't able to be seen. When other people said they saw them, i asked and was told that maybe they weren't visible. but if the guide told us what we were looking for, we could have looked.

Im always in to support animal rehabs, but i did find this place very pricey! Especially their curio shop i wanted to buy a coffee cup, but not willing to pay over R150 for a white cup with a few paw prints on and small printed center contact details. we had scones which we were disappointed with. They were dry and when we asked for an extra butter and some cream to go with the jam that it states on the menu we had to pay R5 more. However the venison pie was good.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Candice816
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Swarzedz, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“saving wild animals”
Reviewed 27 May 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

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Ewa P
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New York City, New York
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“Great for a quick visit”
Reviewed 23 May 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 see the Vulture restaurant- which is for vultures, not humans!. You also get to see two rhinos whose horns were cut so deep that they went to the nasal passages. As such, they had a metal plate over their noses. So sad. You get to learn as to why some animals cannot be released back to the wild. They take care of a variety of animals but their emphasis is on cheetahs. A nice little gift shop. There is also a nice little Deli area where I had my lunch. South African fare. Worth the visit!

Visited April 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

We e-mailed the centre from our hotel and arranged to go at 9am. We found at this time we were the only tourist at the centre. We were taken round in a safari vehicle. The guide took us into some of the cages where we got up close to a cheetah and wild dogs. There is lots to see at the centre and the guide is really informative. It makes you realise why some animals cant be released back into the wild and the problems they have with poaching in the Krugar. They have 2 rhinos that were left for dead by poachers. They have an area called The Vulture Restaurant, where any left over food is fed to resident Storks and vultures. You can watch the feeding live at their website www.HESC.co.za. Clean toilets, restaurant and small gift shop on site. A really enjoyable,educational morning out.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Mitziedog
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