Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Visiting The HESC

Visitors are able to touch cheetahs in an exclusive cheetah interaction, witness feeding sessions of various rare African vultures and to experience firsthand the projects undertaken by The Centre’s veterinary staff who operate an animal hospital where injured or abandoned animals are cared for and eventually released back into the wild.

Camp Jabulani guests may wish to visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), about a 30 minute drive through the reserve in open safari vehicle.

Founded by Lente Roode, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre 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 of 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 has become their hallmark.

To visit The HESC’s website, click here.

The Pioneer for Change Programme


Pioneer for Change Programme

Many of Camp Jabulani’s guests expressed the desire for a more interactive and participative experience at The HESC. This led to the development of the Pioneer for Change Programme.

The programme includes 3 nights at Camp Jabulani, per the traditional daily menu of activities.

Day 4 is however a completely new educational and interactive concept…

Day 4 

• Guests enjoy an early breakfast to depart at 6h30.
• Arrival at the HESC is at 7 am.
• After an introduction to the Centre General Manager, and a brief orientation of the facilities and the activities planned for the day ahead, it is time to head over to the butchery.
• Participants will get “hands on” in the butchery as they assist to prepare the cheetahs, wild dogs and vultures food: 08h00 – 09h00.
• The curator will then guide participants through the process of actively feeding the cheetahs, wild dogs and vultures.
• It is then time to assist in the preparation of food for the smaller cat species, and any cubs that may be resident at the Centre at the time.
• The next hour or so are spent feeding these smaller animals.
• The process concludes with the clearing of animals’ feeding areas.
• Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit the Animal Hospital, and to meet with HESC’s resident vet (subject to his being on site at the time). He will discuss with them any particular cases of interest, and the general challenges faced by the HESC when it comes to rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals that arrive at the Centre.
• To conclude the experience, participants will be able to ask questions of the Management Team before departing for Camp Jabulani once again.

Once the experience is complete, a PIONEER FOR CHANGE certificate is issued to each participant to endorse their efforts as volunteers for the day.

In recognition of the work done by volunteers towards the HESC and animal conservation at large, Camp Jabulani will offer the fourth night on a complimentary basis to successful “Pioneers”.

Contact us for further information.

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