Cheetah Conservation Experience, Limpopo

The most ethical hands-on cheetah experience available!

Experience, first hand, the work of one of the most successful and longest running cheetah breeding, rehabilitation and release centres in the world. This exciting 21-day experience is divided into 3 main sections: Participation; Conservation; and Sightseeing. The programme is for the adventurous spirit looking for a unique African adventure; for the passionate animal lover; and for the conservationist.

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Conservation of rare, vulnerable and threatened species

Volunteer programme details

The programme 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 only a few.


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.


This section of the programme involves informal lectures on all aspects of conservation and includes specialist input on all animals, grasses, trees and basic biodiversity.

The programme enables participants to put theory into practice, either through direct observation in the wild or at other centres that specialise in other areas of research or conservation.

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Register here.

Book an interview here.

A deposit request to secure your spot will be sent to you.

Personalised support then follows – this includes payment plans and trip planning. Online planning is available here.

Costs and Dates


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Group tailor-made bookings are available on request (minimum 8 ppl).

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Tuesday arrival at Hoedspruit Airport where you will be collected by our team (please arrive by 13:00 on your arrival day in order to meet our transfer time).

Hoedspruit Airport is reached via a 1-hour connecting flight from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport.

Contact us for details and help coordinating flight arrivals and departures.

Please confirm all flights with us before booking!


Starting at £140 GBP / $170 USD / *R3000 ZAR (subject to change) per day for 21 days.

*Rate based on required South African Rand and therefore international currencies subject to change.

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