- 6-hour excursion to the Cheetah Breeding Project at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
- Watch a video to learn about the center's cheetah-breeding program and rehabilitation work
- Explore the cheetah enclosures by open-roof safari vehicle, driven by a local guide
- Get up close to cheetah cubs and see other wild animals such as sable antelopes and lions
- Start and finish with a pickup and drop-off from selected lodges in Kruger National Park
What You Can Expect
Make your way inside the site and start your tour by watching a video presentation to learn about the breeding program and discover how captive-bred cheetahs are released back to the wild. The center also rehabilitates and treats orphaned or injured cheetahs, and the video serves as a great introduction to the work the center does.
Hop inside an open-roof safari vehicle after the video finishes, and relax as your guide drives you around various enclosures to see all the animals. More than 80 cheetahs are housed at the center, and you’ll have several opportunities to get up close to some of the tame individuals and curious cubs. Stop for photos and learn all about these magnificent big cats and their life in Kruger National Park from your guide.
Besides the cheetahs, the center is also home to orphaned or injured lions, wild dogs and sable antelopes. Look out for the creatures as you explore, and learn about lesser-known beasts that the site also takes care of, such as the black-footed cat – the smallest of Africa’s wild cats – and ground hornbills with their vibrant red faces.
After exploring the center’s different enclosures, return back to the center and swap your mode of transport back to your minibus. Then, return to your chosen lodge in Kruger National Park, where your excursion finishes.