Eco-friendly Accommodation Hoedspruit – Limpopo Province | Self-catering, Family-friendly.

From R800 per adult sharing per night *5-6 people sharing

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Khula’s Cottage is uniquely located within the perimeter of the The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), in the Kapama Private Nature Reserve. This eco-friendly self-catering cottage offers an extraordinary and exclusive opportunity for an up-close and personal encounter with the life of the cheetahs of HESC, and is perfectly situated to explore the Lowveld`s many treasures like God’s Window, Pilgrims Rest and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

The Cottage has been named after Khula, a strong willed King Cheetah from the HESC who was hand-reared by owner Lente Roode, with every intention of releasing him back into the wild. Several attempts were made for Khula’s release, and although he did well in the wild he repeatedly made his way back to the centre, making it apparent that he had decided that this was home.

Khula’s Cottage is perfect for self-drive visitors looking for comfort and an authentic bush experience. All visitors staying at the cottage have a dedicated ranger on hand should they require any assistance; they will be collected at the HESC and be escorted to the private cottage.

With basic electricity being generated by the generous African sun and limited mobile phone coverage, this exclusive getaway is a true nature escape.


Khula`s Cottage - Eco-friendly Accommodation Hoedspruit

The cottage has 3 luxury en-suite bedrooms, 2 twin (with additional day bed) and 1 double; perfect for larger families or groups of friends traveling together. Fine linen and towels are provided.

The kitchen is fully-equipped and has a gas stove and refrigerator; we can also do your grocery shopping on your behalf by prior arrangement. Visitors can opt to enjoy and breakfast or lunch at The Deli which is located within the HESC.

Spectacular views of the vast wilderness can be seen from the expansive wooden deck.outdoor boma is an incredible spot to enjoy dinner beneath the stars.

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A tour of The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is included in the accommodation rates at Khula’s Cottage. The centre is home to several endangered species such as cheetah, wild dog & many more; it is the mission of the centre to conserve rare, vulnerable or endangered animals.  

The Centre is a non−profit organisation that ploughs all funds back into nature conservation in order to help ensure the continued survival of all endangered species.

There is a diverse and multi-kaleidoscopic number of bird species here making is a birders paradise. Another treat for feathered-enthusiasts is watching vultures descend from the sky for their daily buffet at the HESC’s “Vulture Restaurant”.

Game drives are also available.


Green Cleaning
Responsible Body Products
Local & Organic
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Eco Architecture

When staying at Khula’s cottage you know that you are making a financial contribution to the many nature conservation efforts of HESC.

We have established sustainability and eco-friendly policies.

We have extensive recycling practices including the separation of paper, glass, tins and plastic which are sent to the relevant recycling depot.

Bones and meat not used for feeding the cheetahs, wild dogs, etc. at HESC are used to feed the vultures at the Centre’s “Vulture Restaurant”. The vulture’s leftovers are collected and ground into bone meal which is sprinkled over the animals’ meat to increase their calcium intake.

Khula’s Cottage was constructed mostly of wood and natural resources and is solar powered as is a majority of HESC in efforts to reduce electricity consumption.

The cottage is cleaned with eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning products.

We supply our guests with responsible body products that are cruelty-free and environmentally friendly.

Water is sourced and treated from the Laserie River for human consumption; great lengths and continuous monitoring have been taken to ensure sound water resource management and that the ground water remains unpolluted. We also harvest rain water.

The Deli serves dishes made from predominantly local and organic ingredients.

The majority of staff are from the local community and are provided with first class “on-the-job” training.

We have ongoing environmental awareness programs among all staff and labourers in terms of relevant environmental issues with specific emphasis on the conservation of the natural environment; recycling; pollution control and the prohibition of cutting of firewood from the surrounding veld etc.

The HESC prides itself on its education outreach programme, where learners from around the country are given the opportunity to learn more about conservation – understanding the necessity for everyone to be involved in “Ensuring our Tomorrow”.

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Opening Hours















Check in: 14:00 ; Check out: 10:00


Our Address:

Kapama Private Game Reserve R40, 1380, Limpopo Province, South Africa