For the young and young at heart who are passionate about conservation and not afraid to get their hands dirty!

Become a part of the hands-on team which mediates the well-being of all animals at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country.

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) offers the opportunity to experience first hand the work of the centre.  They offer various intensive programmes, the content of which is divided into 3 main sections: Participation, Conservation and Sightseeing.


Participation: 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.

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

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


The program which is available as 1, 2 or 3 week options, is based at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which is home to cheetah, wild dogs, white rhino, lion, African wild cats, Ground hornbills and Sable antelope, to name a few.

Participants will form part of a hands-on team which mediates the well-being of the animals. They will also have the opportunity to visit places of interest and attractions in the area, including the renowned Kruger National Park.


Facts:Accommodation consists of 6 twin thatched huts (max 2 people per hut/ 12 participants in total) in Nungu Camp, situated within the boundaries of the Big Five Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Separate facilities are available for male and female participants.

Accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable, and each hut is fitted with adequate power points. Three meals per day are prepared by participants in the camp – a valuable team building experience in itself. There is a kitchen with a fridge in the camp, as well as barbeque facilities.
The closest town is Hoedspruit, which is approximately 25 km from the reserve. Regular trips to town can be organised for supplies, banking or internet facilities. Telephone facilities are available (at participant’s own expense).  Basic laundry facilities for hand-washing are available in the camp.  Sundays are spent at leisure.

Contact a Thompsons Africa consultant at any time for assistance or further information on these programmes.


Tel: +27 31 275 3500

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