Cheetah Focus Tour


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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.


ProviderHoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
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 awesome experience at the cheetah tour, our guide was most informative and it was a once in a lifetime experience to be up close and personal with s many cheetah, loved the orphan rhino too, also Mielie the sheep. Thank you to all for your hard work - Brenda Archdeacon

A great tour. I have only one complain and that is for the Cheetah run. A better position of the jeep would have been to prefer, just to have an better angle to the running path to take photos. A pre warning of the start of the run, just after the jeep parked the run started, no one to explain the what would happen. One one run, could have been two. Best Regards Lars - Lars Tjusberg

We enjoyed the tour the animals have room to move although they are caged it did not feel like a zoo. The guide spoke with authority and knowledge. The area was neat, clean and very tidy. The vulture restaurant was great could have spend more time there We would love to go again. - Mike van Dyk

Thoroughly enjoyed the Cheetah Focus Tour. Have been here before but have never seen this. Vulture feeding was memorable! Learnt a lot and would definitely repeat. - Lynne Robson

Very good experience - André Pisteur

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