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  • button-capcheetahA Big 5 Safari Adventure

    Search for the Big 5 close to Cape Town while enjoying the tranquillity of the Karoo and the luxury of the finest safari accommodation

  • button-capcheetahVoluntering at Inverdoorn

    Do you want to make a difference and contribute in saving the cheetahs, become a volunteer and be part of the vibrant Inverdoorn team apply now!

  • button-capcheetahThe Western Cape Cheetah Conservation Program

    Inverdoorn strives to rehabilitate Cheetahs in their natural environment. From our Successful Rehabilitation program to the latest release of the cheetahs in the main reserve.

  • button-capcheetahA conservation stronghold

    Many of the wild animals been rescued and rehabilitated and now roam free in the Ceres Karoo.

  • button-elephantFree-Roaming Elephants at Inverdoorn!

    In 2012 Inverdoorn Game Reserve was proud to announce the introduction of free-roaming elephants in the Ceres Karoo for the first time in 150 years

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Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge is located in the Ceres Karoo, just two and a half hours from Cape Town. Stretching across 10 000 hectares, Inverdoorn is the largest private game reserve in the area, providing sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife. The game reserve offers a premier safari experience including game drives, luxury accommodation and incredible insight into the rescue and rehabilitation of the cheetah.

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 A Wildlife Sanctuary

Driving over the well-beaten track that winds through the reserve, you may come across any number of animals. Making their way through the succulent plant life that characterises the floral diversity of the Karoo, you will find a myriad of antelope such as kudu, eland, impala, springbok and gemsbok. You will be captivated by the distinct markings of the zebra and the graceful gait of the giraffe, while the brute power of the buffalo and the majestic beauty of the Cape Barbary lion will astound you.

Perched atop a safari vehicle or standing in a lookout point within the heart of the reserve you will be lost in the awesome vastness which surrounds you, as well as the solitude of the Karoo. Rangers add a rich element of humour and storytelling to the safari with anecdotes of the animals, wildlife facts and, most importantly, the threats facing many species today.

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At the safari lodge guest have the opportunity to unwind, and may even see the cheetahs going on daily walks with their handlers. This beautiful, big cat is the heart and soul of Inverdoorn. In 2001 Cape Cheetah was established, which seeks to rescue and rehabilitate cheetahs and, ultimately, release them into the wild.

In 2012 Inverdoorn became home to the Big 5. Since its inception, the reserve has re-introduced many of the members into the region through their conservation efforts. The male lion was rescued from trophy hunting, while rhinos have a long history at the reserve, with their conservation led by RhinoProtect. This organisation developed a horn treatment to ward off poachers, and established an orphanage for calves victimised by poaching. Free-roaming elephants are also back, having been eradicated from the area for 150 years.

The buffalo herd is healthy and continually expanding. You are bound to see these volatile creatures on safari. The Cape leopard has long been an inhabitant of the vast mountain ranges, but its solitary and nocturnal habits make it an elusive creature. The search for the Big 5 is the highlight of many safaris, and Inverdoorn delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience searching for these famous creatures.

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  • Inverdoorn is doing a fabulous job of making sure that my grandchildren will be able to come to Africa with their grandchildren to see the wild animals of Africa.
    ozricko75 - Trip Advisor
  • The drive from Cape Town was an added bonus winding our way through spectacular mountainous scenery and colourful vineyards.
    PandanBear, Australia - Trip Advisor


  • What an amazing place...we were bowled over by our experience.
    Disco_Al - Trip Advisor


  • You leave Inverdoorn with a sense of accomplishment and wonder.
    Sweetiemine, Singapore - Trip Advisor
  • As an introduction to African safari, the Big Five, and the very real work needed to protect and conserve these amazing animals and their habitat, Inverdoorn is perfect.
    Brittus, England - Trip Advisor
  • The tour guides are exceptionally passionate and knowledgable which made the safari drives even more enjoyable.
    Kate R, England - Trip Advisor
  • Totally enjoyed the stars we saw every night at our balcony!
    Yagiza, Singapore - Trip Advisor
  • From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, Inverdoorn filled our days with fantastic safari, expert knowledge, new friends and laughter.
    Brittus, England - Trip Advisor
  • Inverdoorn is a must for time-limited travellers in the Cape Region who would like an introduction to Safari.
    HenryXKnight, England - Trip Advisor 
  • The guide was excellent – he really knew his stuff and provided an interesting an informative commentary.
    Andrew C, England - Trip Advisor 

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Learning the Ropes

    Learning the Ropes

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014

    Hello, I'm Julie. I'm 26 years old and I'm French. I have had a passion for animals since I was a child, and I wanted to try a true experience in the wild. I discovered Inverdoorn on TV and wanted to try volunteering for four months in this beautiful reserve. I arrived three weeks ago and it's amazing. The people are very nice and the...
  • Notes from the Bush

    Notes from the Bush

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014

    It is the early morning. As usual we departed at about 06:30 in the freezing cold and black darkness, only the moon giving some light. For the first hour, driving around trying to find animal tracks, we did not find a lot. Only a springbok, here and there. After an hour the sun came out. Light started to rise from the earth – a...
  • Animal Activity

    Animal Activity

    Monday, 07 July 2014

    Last week we said goodbye to our lovely volunteer Jenny, which was very sad for us. But this week, we got to welcome a new volunteer, Julie, who is also from France. I'm sure her first few days with us have been very busy and confusing trying to learn everything, but she seems to be enjoying herself, which is good! She will write a...
  • A Fond Farewell

    A Fond Farewell

    Monday, 30 June 2014

    This week was my last one at Inverdoorn. I spent five months here as a cheetah girl. I met some wonderful people who are really devoted to conservation, friendly and hard-working. I learnt a lot about animals, especially cheetahs, but also the rhinos. I have a better understanding now about their behaviour, their habits and...
  • Meet the Team: Mekka Pietersen

    Meet the Team: Mekka Pietersen

    Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    When you meet Mekka Pietersen, our Assistant Lodge Manager, you will be greeted with the biggest, warmest smile. She was born at Inverdoorn, where her family has lived for three generations, and she has worked at the lodge for 12 years. Full of laughter and smiles, she is an incredibly interesting person to talk to and one of the best...
  • Cheetah Cub Update

    Cheetah Cub Update

    Monday, 23 June 2014

    This week something very sad happened at Inverdoorn. We lost one of our cheetah cubs. When we went to check on the cubs on Monday we realised that one was missing and after closer observation saw that another cub was injured and had a big cut on its back. The cub urgently needed help and we decided that it would be for the best to take...
  • Lotta and her Litter

    Lotta and her Litter

    Thursday, 19 June 2014

    As you already know, a little miracle happened at Inverdoorn on the 31st of May: four beautiful cheetah cubs were born. But let's first go back in time. I started working at Inverdoorn in January last year and six months later I decided to make it my mission to see cheetah cubs born at the reserve. I say mission, because...
  • Safari Newbie

    Safari Newbie

    Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    Hello, my name is Sophie Jacquet and I come from France. I am doing an internship at Inverdoorn as a digital marketing assistant for six months. In other words, I am helping with Inverdoorn's websites and social networks. Obviously, it is better to know about safaris before you talk about them and it is for this reason I went to the...
  • Cheetah Cubs Born at Inverdoorn Game Reserve

    Cheetah Cubs Born at Inverdoorn Game Reserve

    Monday, 09 June 2014

    Following the release of free-roaming cheetahs at Inverdoorn Game Reserve is the recent birth of four cubs at the cheetah centre's breeding camp. For more than a decade the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation, based at the reserve, has been rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs. Captive breeding amongst these big cats is notoriously...
  • A Time to Chill

    A Time to Chill

    Monday, 09 June 2014

    This week we were all reminded that winter season does not only bring less guests to the reserve, but also some very, very cold weather. Waking up to snow-white mountains all around makes us appreciate how lucky we are to enjoy their beauty. As if this view was not special enough, during one of our tracking sessions I found the female...

Why choose Inverdoorn?

Amongst the wonders of Nature exists a splendid place situated in the magnificence of the vast open Karoo landscape, Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge. The 10 000 hectare property is a resourceful and stylish 'oasis' destination, only a 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town city centre.

Exclusive Cheetah interactions

Inverdoorn offers guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really get to grips with a cheetah through its Exclusive Encounters package that allow guests to spend time interacting with the cheetahs through stroking, petting and giving the cheetahs water. Guests who opt for the five-star luxury accommodation packages automatically enjoy the one-on-one encounters while an optional extra package is available to other overnight guests and even day visitors. Learn More...

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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