The HESC has a range of overnight accommodation for you to consider. Visitors are able to enjoy the various activities on offer at the Centre itself, or to explore the Hoedspruit, Limpopo and Mpumalanga regions which are renowned for their beauty and diversity.
Basic electricity is provided via solar panels, and limited mobile phone coverage facilitates a true African getaway from the hustle and bustle of city living.
The cottage offers an exclusive and private setting to observe the life of HESC's cheetahs, and is the perfect base from which to explore the scenic wonders of the Lowveld, including (but not limited to) God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and Pilgrim's Rest.
This is a birder's paradise, for the region supports a diverse and multi-kaleidoscopic number of bird species. Another treat for feathered-enthusiasts is watching vultures descend from the sky in time to avail themselves of the pickings delivered to the "Vulture Restaurant" at the HESC each day.
Khula's Cottage is set within its own enclosed and protected area, offering a private and personal experience. This is the ideal experience for self-drive clients who do not wish to compromise on comfort, but are looking for an authentic bush experience with great value for money.
Directly translated from the Afrikaans the relatively small town of Hoedspruit, which lies at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg on the old Selati railway line from Phalaborwa to Kaapmuiden, means "hat creek".
The story involves one of the town's pioneers who took off his hat, after a particularly arduous trek over the mountains into the heat of the Lowveld, and threw it into the Sandspruit River, making an impulsive decision to stay. Hoedspruit finds itself in an enviable position today because of its access to the private game areas of the Timbavati and Klaserie.
Hoedspruit is essentially an agricultural town located a stone's throw away from the Kruger National Park and is surrounded by game-rich country that makes it an obvious stopover. As a result, what began merely as a couple of shops, a bank and a little rondavel that served as a station building, has grown into what is today marketed as a premier eco-tourist destination because of its association with some of the best "Big 5" viewing in South Africa.
In Room Facilities:
Khula's cottage comprises of three en-suite bedrooms and is perfect for larger families, or for friends traveling together. The cottage consists of two twin rooms (each with an additional day bed) and one double room. An expansive wooden deck boasts spectacular views of the surrounding wilds. Amenities include towels, linen, cutlery, tea & coffee making facilities and cooking utensils. The cottage offers a gas fridge and stove. As a self-catered unit, clients determine their own meal times and preferences.
Breakfast will be served at the Deli@cheetahcentre from the breakfast menu.
Dinner Menu Options should be downloaded from our main website: www.hesc.co.za; and confirmed at least 48 hours in advance. If Dinner Menu Option was not confirmed, a default menu will automatically be selected.
Sebeka has a fully equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and a garage where vehicles can safely be parked.
Game drives on the Kapama Game Reserve are available on request and include a beverage in a scenic sundowner venue at sunset.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Tour:
The HESC is a must on any visitor's itinerary. Not only does it present a fascinating insight into rare and vulnerable animal species and animal conservation efforts at large, it offers a fun and interactive tour.
Big Five Kapama Game Drive:
Experience the African bush and wildlife by joining us on a guided game drive around the Kapama Big Five Game reserve.
Cheetah Focus Tour:
Experience HESC to the fullest with our Cheetah Focus tour. We will introduce you to our cheetahs, wild dogs, vultures and many more.