Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is home to some of South Africa's fiercest animals—lions, leopards, wild dogs, and even honey badgers. Sitting at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment in Hoedspruit, the center helps travelers understand the plight of endangered species in the bush through education programs and guided tours.
Wildlife experts and conservationists at Moholoholo nurse injured animals back to health, rescue baby animals, and facilitate successful breeding programs to help increase numbers in the wild. The center also provides a permanent residence for animals too hurt or injured to return to the wild.
Tours to Moholoholo typically depart from Hazyview and include round-trip transportation from area hotels. Excursions are often combined with visits to Kruger National Park, the Blyde River area, and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Guided tours allow you to learn about the center’s rehabilitation efforts, explore animal biology and behavior, and gain an understanding of wildlife conservation in South Africa. You can also head to the nearby Forest Camp, an impressive reserve at the northeastern side of the Lowveld Drakensberg mountains, where some 300 bird species and rare Samango monkeys live.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a must-see for wildlife lovers.
- Visitor facilities include a museum, a gift shop for take-home souvenirs, and a snack shop.
- Children under age six are admitted free of charge.
- Groups of eight people or more are encouraged to book in advance.
How to Get There
Moholoholo is located in the Limpopo province about 11 miles (18 kilometers) east of Blyde River Canyon on R531. Most tours offer round-trip transportation from Hazyview, although there is parking on-site for those who wish to drive independently.
When to Get There
The center is open for tours Monday through Saturday, with limited hours on some Sundays during school holidays and long weekends.
The History of Moholoholo
Established in 1991 by Pretoria businessman Mr. Strijdom, the center is helmed by naturalist Brian Jones. Over the past few decades, Jones has been the go-to guy for injured and sick wildlife in the area, and has expanded the facility into its current incarnation: an educational center and refuge for animals in need.