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Cheetah Focus Tour


Activity Description

In addition to the standard tour, the cheetah focus tour also includes:

A drive through the cheetah enclosure where the cheetah run takes place. This involves the cheetah chasing a lure (a piece of cloth pulled by a pulley system). Witnessing the fastest animal on the planet at full speed is a sight to behold.
A drive through the wild dog enclosure where guests will watch the ‘painted wolves’ while they feed.
A trip to the Vulture Restaurant where guests will experience the vultures circling in a synchronised pattern, and descending out of the sky to feed off the remains on the ground.

Standard Tour:
Following an introductory presentation, day visitors will embark on an in-depth tour of the centre on an open safari vehicles with experienced guides.

HESC houses a number of animal species including cheetah, African wild dog, lion, African wild cat, Ground hornbill, Sable antelope, to name just a few. Visitors can view the resident animals in close proximity, in a habitat simulating what they would experience in the wild. Guests are also afforded the opportunity of watching rare African vultures feeding at the Vulture Restaurant.

Normal tour hours: 09h00 / 11h00 / 13h00 / 15h00

During national holiday season (including public holidays) tours take place at the following times:
08h00 / 10h00 / 12h00 / 14h00 / 16h00

Tours last for 2 hours each. After the introductory video, guests will have time for questions and answers with the guides.


Duration2 hours
WhenOpen all year round, except Christmas
WhereLocated in Limpopo province in Hoedspruit, South Africa, on the R40 between Hoedspruit and Klaserie.
WeatherThis service is weather dependent as it is conducted in open air.
What to WearWear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Things to BringBe sure to bring your camera, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed.


Minimum Age6 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsIntroductory video, Guided tour of the centre, Cheetah run, African Wild dog enclosure tour and Vulture restaurant visit
ExclusionsFood, drinks and items of a personal nature.


As HESC is a conservation and animal care centre, and not a natural reserve, animals are housed within enclosures separated by fences.
As part of HESC’s policy, there is no direct interaction between man and animal, as their core focus is on giving these animals an environment as close to their natural one as possible.

Customer Reviews

We had an amazing time. Our guide Shaun was incredible, he even stopped a Rhino attack! Beautiful animals and each with their own story and path. The center does an astounding job in conservation and release of various species, especially cheetahs. We were so happy to see a female cheetah jump up a tree, 4 beautiful rhinos and the baby rhino Esme with her peculiar friend, the cutest baby leopard and 2 well hidden adults, meerkats, wild dogs, lions and the very important birds of prey at their big restaurant. An overall incredible experiece for us and something we didn't want to miss. Thank you so much! Bler & Lospixel - Duran & Lorena

I have been following and visiting HESC since 1991 when I came to SA on honeymoon. It has been wonderful to see it grow and become an integral part of education and environmental management in these troubled times. You are all doing a fantastic job thank you. - Helen Smith

Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. Would have liked to see more cheetahs you have on the property. The cheetah run and wild dog exibit was really special. Thank you. The facility is beautiful and rhe people that work there very very kind. The work being done is amazing!! Thank you for all your efforts. We will definitely be back for another visit. Thank you to Lente who arranged an extra special visit to see Mopani and the 5 baby cheetahs just born. It was an experience I will never forget. - Liesl Fraley

I went with great expectations and I was not disappointed. We had a very knowledgeable guide - polite and interesting too. It is humbling to see the magnanimous effort you are making to preserve wildlife - thank you. - Susan Hansen

We have enjoyed our visit at HESC. It was our first contact with south Africa species before to visit the Kruger park in which the animals seem to be in a paradise. HESC reminds us that some species are fragile. A great experience. Dominique France - DUVAL Dominique

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