Conserving Cheetah

Surrounded by the leading Big 5 Private Game Reserve, Kapama, and is only approximately 40km away from the Kruger National Park.

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management approach, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous species in Southern Africa. The centre places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of cheetah in captivity.

The excellent condition of these animals and the premises on which they are maintained, reflect the attention to detail, which is the hallmark of this facility.

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has officially been given a Trip Advisor Award of Excellence!

Project Details

Our Conserving Cheetah project has a vision of bring a unique African wildlife sanctuary which focuses on conservation and the sustainability of rare animal species and to provide an authentic experience to nurture social transformation which enhances ecosystem sustainability.

Our Conserving Cheetah project is run by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre which is surrounded by the leading Big 5 Private Game Reserve, Kapama, and is only approximately 40km away from the Kruger National Park.

Accommodation is based on Kapama Big 5 game reserve. These bungalows can accommodate 2 people comfortably. They have fully equipped electricity with fans, lights and plug points and built in in cupboards.

The bathrooms are communal with men having their own and ladies their own. Bathrooms consist of 2 toilets, 2 basins, 2 showers and mirrors.

Meals are fully catered for.

The kitchen consists of 2 fridges, a gas stove, toaster, microwave, kettle, cutlery and crockery. In the evenings students eat outside around the fire in our boma area. Evening meals are prepared for the students besides on weekends when we ask students to cook aatraditional meal from their country of origin.

Transport from Hoedspruit Airport to our Conserving Cheetah partner  project is included.

Wi Fi- is available at camp at a cost of R20.00 (ZAR) per hour. The WIFI session may be paused so that the hour can be extended.

Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North Western province all have summer rainfalls with very hot conditions during the day.

OPTIONAL EXTERNAL ACTIVITIES:

HOEDSPRUIT AREA:

•Microlight Flights (R850 – 20 minutes) (R1100 – 30 minutes)

•Jessica Hippo (R100)

HAZYVIEW AREA (Transport cost R950):

•White water rafting (R420)

•Quad Biking (R490 – 1 hour) (R780 – 2 hours)

•Zipline (R230)

•Horse Trails (R290 – 1 hour) (R520 – 2 hours)

•Archery (R300)

•Mountain Biking (R60)

•Geckoing (R460)

•Paintball (R260)

PANORMA ROUTE SCENIC DRIVE (Transport R1500):

•R70 – R350 per person

Accommodation

Meals

Transfers from Hoedspruit Airport to the project

All fieldwork, lectures and community visits

Your Programme

During your placement, you may see and be involved in some of the following:

•Darting of wildlife and possible translocations

•Tranquilization of a cheetah for health examinations, and possible sampling of blood and tissues for pathology screening

•Tuberculosis testing in wildlife

•Lectures on darting equipment, drugs and their safety*

•Procedures requiring an external veterinary specialist

•Hand rearing of animals (previous hand-reared animals: elephant, white rhino, zebra, small animals)

•Wildlife casualties

•Post-mortems, as necessary*

•Collection of samples for genetics, blood parasite studies and ticks*

•Work with non-mammalian species such as frogs, snakes, birds and any new cases

•Work together with the curators and the animals

*Please note: activities are subject to activities at the Centre during the time of your placement, and specific activities cannot be guaranteed

Comprehensive Information Pack

 

Quick Overview

Country & Area  : South Africa, Hoedspruit Area

Nearest Airport  : Hoedspruit Airport

Transfer Time     : ± 30 min

Duration              : 1 – 3 weeks set programme

Minimum Age     : 18