Endangered Species Day Tour: Guided Full Day Tour in luxury air-conditioned vehicle
Hoedspruit town in South Africa’s Limpopo Province is home to two very important animal rehabilitation centres which is the focal point of our Endangered Species Day Tour. We aim to be at our first stop, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in time for the first of two daily guided Tours which departs at 09h30.
The management and staff of Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre are a group of dedicated conservationists committed to the preservation of the country’s wildlife. Their intimate knowledge of the animals they so lovingly care for and protect is nothing less than impressive. We invite you to come and share a unique experience with the animals of Africa…and to meet “Stoffel”!!!
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 fun and interactive tours, drives, and excursions. Guests are also afforded the opportunity of watching rare African vultures feeding on carcass remains at the “Vulture Restaurant”. This area attracts mostly White-backed and Hooded vultures, although the Lappet-faced vulture Cape Griffon, Marabou stork and Bateleur eagle also frequent the area fairly regularly.
The bones and carcasses come from the bomas, paddocks and pens around the Centre, and once they have been picked clean by the raptors they are taken to a bone miller where they ground and sprinkled over the animals’ meat for added calcium. At HESC nothing goes to waste!
This Endangered Species Day Tour departs from your Hotel, Lodge, Guest House or Bed and Breakfast establishment at around 07h00 and then heads to the picturesque little Bushveld town of Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province which was established by pioneer settlers, receiving its name (literally translated as “hat creek”) when one of those intrepid early adventurers tossed his hat into the river and declared that he had traveled far enough, this is where he would stay. Certainly, many visitors to this friendly, laid-back town feel the same way and are often most reluctant to leave.
Situated in the shadow of the majestic "Mariepskop", which forms part of the Drakensberg Mountains, Moholoholo is a unique rehabilitation centre home to many of South Africa's abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. Not all animals can be released back into the wild and as a result the centre has a number of "permanent residents" that members of the public are given the opportunity to get up close and personal with on a 2.5 hour guided tour that promises to be a memorable experience.
Next stop is the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). Following an introductory presentation, visitors will embark on an in-depth 2 hour tour of the centre in an Open Safari Vehicle. 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.
A light lunch (included, drinks own account) will be enjoyed at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
Guests will be returned to their accommodation establishments late afternoon.
Departure point: Nelspruit or Hazyview towns (guests staying further afield are encouraged to contact us to discuss the possibility and additional costs if applicable of arranging return transport from their establishments)
Return details: Nelspruit or Hazyview towns (guests staying further afield are encouraged to contact us to discuss the possibility and additional costs if applicable of arranging return transport from their establishments)
Departure time: 07h00
Duration: 9+ Hours
Mineral water, Light lunch, services of fully qualified and registered Tour Guide, round trip transport (terms & conditions apply)
All meals and refreshments not specified, optional extras, expenses of personal nature, tips and gratuities (it is customary in South Africa to tip your guide/waiter, a general rule of thumb is to tip 10% of your excursion/meal price per person if you were satisfied with the services received).
This Tour involves some light walking and exposure to the elements. Hats, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Cancellation 30 days prior to arrival date and/or commencement of Safari/Tour/Activity - deposit plus 25% of total bill; 14 to 29 days - deposit plus 50% of total bill; 0 to 13 days - 100% of total bill.
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