Wildlife Conservation Experience - 2 weeks


Activity Description

HESC offers the opportunity to experience, first hand, the work of the centre. This intensive 14-day program is divided into 3 main sections: Participation; Conservation; and Sightseeing.
Participation: WCE participants will be involved in the everyday care of the many animal species at the centre. This includes cleaning, feeding and, where required, assisting with or observing any veterinary activities that may occur during their stay. The knowledge gained about the animals and the work of HESC through this kind of participation is both specific and personal. Participants may also get the opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations at “Rescued Rhinos @ HESC”, a sanctuary for orphaned rhinos and rhinos which have been victims of poaching.
Conservation: This section of the program involves informal lectures on all aspects of conservation and includes specialist input on all animals, grasses, trees and basic biodiversity.
Sightseeing: The program enables participants to put theory into practice, either through direct observation in the wild or at other centres that specialize in other areas of research or conservation.
The program is based at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which is home to cheetah, wild dogs, white rhino, lion, African wild cats, Ground hornbills, Sable antelope, to name a few. WCE participants will form part of a hands-on team which mediates the well-being of the animals. They will
also have the opportunity to visit places of interest and attractions in the area, including the renowned Kruger National Park.


ProviderHoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
DurationOpen Ended
WhenOpen all year round, except Christmas
WhereLocated in Limpopo province in Hoedspruit, South Africa, on the R40 between Hoedspruit and Klaserie. Telephone: +27 15 793 1633 / 1825 Fax: +27 793 1646 Email: students@cheetahcentre.co.za Website: www.hesc.co.za
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 Age18 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Accommodation consists of 6 twin thatched huts (max 2 people per hut/ 12 participants in total) in Nungu Camp, situated within the boundaries of the Big 5 Kapama Private Game Reserve. Separate facilities are available for male and female participants. Accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable, and each hut is fitted with adequate power points. Three meals per day are prepared by participants in the camp – a valuable team building experience in itself. There is a kitchen with a fridge
in the camp, as well as barbeque facilities.
The closest town is Hoedspruit, which is approximately 25 km from the reserve. Regular trips to town
can be organised for supplies, banking or internet facilities. Telephone facilities are available (at
participant’s own expense). Basic laundry facilities for hand-washing are available in the camp.
Sundays are spent at leisure.

ExclusionsFood 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

My experience in HESC was amazing, not only is taking care of animals but also learning about conservation. Volunteering was a thoughtful experience because showed me that you can live with few things and you can be happy. During my 2 weeks I could feed animals, prepare their food, I was so blessed because I saw a Cheetah release and Cheetah autopsy, I have learned about TB on animals, it causes and stuff. We visited Kruger National Park , we did sighting and we saw animals on freedom, during that visit we watched Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War and met her director, it was so remarkable for me. We met the Black Mamba antipoaching patrol and all ther effort to preservate and keep rhinos alive, this work is admirable, I am so proud of them. I did love that experience because combine work with external activities such as Jessica the hippo, meet Shaangan tribe, Panorama route, Kapama , I could visit more places not only HESC. Another nice experience was share with people form different countries, make friends, it is so nice, you learn a lot. I am so grateful, I had the best two weeks in my life, I was so happy, I fulfilled my dreambecause I visited Africa, I did a volunteering program and I met an elephant. I want to come back and give help for endangered species, I would like to do anocther volunteer experience. Thank you so much!! - Angela Coral

it was amazing!! thank you for the awesome experience! it was life changing for me!!! - Janette Coetzee

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