Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Limpopo
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Moholoholo is actively involved in research into wild leopards around Hoedspruit and the Mariepskop area.
The Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre is a caring haven for injured, poisoned or orphaned wild mammals and birds rescued from across South Africa. The wild animals are treated with the intention of returning them to nature where possible.
During the daily tours of the centre, visitors can get a fascinating insight into the business of rescuing animals, while at the same time contributing funds to a good cause through the modest entrance fee.
The mission of this South African wildlife rehabilitation centre is to educate its visitors, which makes it a fantastic day trip for families with kids. Because you can get a lot closer to many magnificent animals than in the wild, the centre provides excellent photographic opportunities. You may even be invited to wear the raptor handler's glove and have a majestic bird of prey land on your arm.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre is also an important breeding facility for the endangered Crowned eagle and the elusive serval. Over 160 of these cats have been bred and released back into areas where they had become extinct.
The unique conservancy is also home to abandoned lions from an Egyptian circus, numerous injured raptors and poisoned vultures, Jolly and Juba, the cheetah ambassadors, and Queen, the Crowned eagle. You also have a chance to see rare nocturnal animals like the honey badger.
The centre is situated in the Limpopo province in the shadow of the majestic Mariepskop Mountain, in the northernmost section of the Drakensberg. Wildlife rehabilitation at the centre is run by passionate and knowledgeable staff, assisted by an ever-changing team of international volunteers who get the opportunity to help with the hand rearing of young animals, but also have to perform dirtier jobs like cleaning enclosures, scrubbing bed mats and cutting grass for bedding.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
Tel: + 27 (0)84 511 3000 or
Tel: +27 (0)15 795 5236
How to get here
Moholoholo is located close to the lowveld town of Hoedspruit, not far from the Kruger National Park. It is easily accessible by road.
Best time to visit
Moholoholo can be visited at any time of year.
Around the area
Moholoholo is situated only 60km from Kruger National Park's Orpen Gate. Moholoholo is also close to a number of other popular attractions, including the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim's Rest and Bourke's Luck Potholes.
Tours to do
Two-hour tours of the rehabilitation centre are offered in the mornings at 9.30am (except on Sunday) and afternoons at 3pm
What will it cost
Adults R110, pensioners R80, children (7-12) R50
Length of stay
The tours typically take two to three hours. If you'd like to become a student (volunteer), you can opt for anything between one week and 12 weeks.
Where to stay
Moholoholo Forest Camp accommodates 20 people in 10 secluded, luxuriously appointed thatched log or reed chalets. Groups can stay in Mountain View camp. Ya Mati is an unique caravan camp, that also offers wedding packages.