Cheetah Runs

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Cheetah Runs

Cheetahs are the fastest living animals on land, capable of reaching speeds of up to 120km/h when chasing their prey. Running is essential to their overall health and wellbeing, particularly whilst they are in captivity. Running them ensures that their natural hunting instincts are not lost and it also has important benefits for their reproductivity. 

Running Exercises with the Cheetahs

cheetah-200x200If you are taking a recommended overnight package, the last stop on your early-evening game drive will be the cheetah sanctuary. Here you will see them put through the paces of their daily runs by means of a pulley system, customised to accommodate the incredible running speed of the cheetah. You will enjoy refreshments and snacks while the rangers introduce you to the work of the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation.

The purpose of the early-evening runs is to ultimately release the cheetahs into the main reserve, so that guests will be able to view these magnificent creatures in their natural environment, hunting and breeding as nature intended them to. The breeding programmes aim to increase the number, and genetic diversity, of cheetahs in Africa.

There is also the option for guests to interact personally with one of our tame cheetahs and should this not be included in your package, you can choose to include it as an extra. As the cheetahs are sensitive creatures every care must be taken to minimise their stress. However, should the weather permit, every effort will be made to provide guests with the opportunity to spend intimate time with the cheetahs.

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to assist with the cheetahs' daily care and exercises. If you have a passion for wildlife and conservation, especially cheetahs, contact us now in order to become part of our volunteer program. You will assist in taking them through their daily paces, including the runs. There is much to learn and you will be duly enriched by this experience, while doing your part to conserve this precious big cat. Apply Here!

 

* Cheetah interactions are subject to the right weather conditions and availability. They are NOT available in the winter season (1 May - 30 September), except with a 5-star accommodation booking. Children aged 16 and under will NOT be able to partake in cheetah interactions. Babysitting services are available for a nominal fee. 

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Donation To Inverdoorn / Capecheetah

Save Cheetahs and Rhinos

All donations go directly to Inverdoorn Game Reserve to assist in the conservation work undertaken by the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation and RhinoProtect.


Your contribution goes a long way in assisting the efforts of these initiatives, including the rescue and rehabilitation of cheetahs and increasing security measures for the rhinos, in an effort to deter poaching.

 

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Donations Sheet

Below is a guideline to how your donation will help:


€5 = A meal for our tame cheetahs
€10 = A meal for our pride of lions
€20 = Feed a baby rhino for a week
€50 = Rhino night patrol for one week


* Paypal accepts all currencies and credit cards

Meet The Team

  • Meet the team: Caroline

    Meet the team: Caroline

    Thursday, 14 August 2014

    Inverdoorn – What better way to get to know someone than in their own words?   Meet Caroline, happy, young and in love with Cheetahs.    Below, you can read about what’s it’s like to hang out with our baby Cheetahs and work with animals under the guidance of experts.    It’s not all cat kisses 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...
  • Meeting the Interns: Victoria Paillusseau

    Meeting the Interns: Victoria Paillusseau

    Friday, 04 April 2014

    Leaving one paradise for another, Victoria Paillusseau has come from her home in Mauritius to work at Inverdoorn as a lodge volunteer. This is her first time in South Africa and she decided to come here because "I love Africa. I already lived in the north, like Morocco, and I wanted to see how it was in the south." It doesn't end there...
  • Meeting the Volunteers: John McIlvaine

    Meeting the Volunteers: John McIlvaine

    Thursday, 06 February 2014

    I mentioned previously that the cheetah team could no longer be referred to as the cheetah girls, and this is due to the presence of John McIlvaine. Coming from Seattle in the United States, this is his second time working with cheetahs in South Africa. “Everything about them is awesome,” he says when naming the cheetah as his...
  • Meeting the Volunteers: Annami Grabe

    Meeting the Volunteers: Annami Grabe

    Wednesday, 05 February 2014

    Something I loved about meeting the volunteers and talking to them was the way they carefully contemplated each question I put forward to them – and none more so than Annami, a local volunteer, hailing from Somerset West. She has found a perfect haven in Inverdoorn’s open spaces as she explains that she’s an outdoor person. “I...
  • Meeting the Volunteers: Cynthia Knuppe

    Meeting the Volunteers: Cynthia Knuppe

    Monday, 03 February 2014

    The lodge is abuzz with activity, and not only because it’s summer season. The other reason for all the energy coursing through the reserve is the interns and volunteers. I have never seen so many at one time, and considering the passion and enthusiasm they bring with, you can just imagine the spirit in the place. I caught up with...
  • Dutch Delight

    Dutch Delight

    Friday, 17 January 2014

    I am Cynthia Knuppe, a 28 year old woman with a Dutch nationality. In the Netherlands I used to work as a dental hygienist for about six years. In the beginning of 2012 I decided to take a sabbatical and that’s when I came to South Africa. I like to travel and have already seen a lot of this beautiful country. I have a passion for...
  • An American in South Africa

    An American in South Africa

    Thursday, 16 January 2014

    My name is John McIlvaine and I am from Seattle, Washington, USA. This is my second trip to South Africa to do volunteer cheetah conservation work, but this is my first time at Inverdoorn. I am here because I love animals, especially cheetahs, and want to work with wildlife and do conservation work as a career. My first week at...
  • Meet the Team: Martial Viot

    Meet the Team: Martial Viot

    Monday, 06 January 2014

    The staff at Inverdoorn hail from various parts of South Africa, and even other parts of the world. As a result they all have very different and diverse backgrounds, but are connected by their passion for wildlife and conservation. Martial Viot, the Online Marketing Manager for Inverdoorn, was born in Brittany, France. He speaks...

Join us now!

You always wanted to make a difference and help with Rhino or cheetah Conservation?

Join our Capecheetah or Rhinoprotect team and live a unique wildlife experience.

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Close to Cape Town

Just two and a half hours from bustling metropolis of Cape Town, guests will encounter wildlife in all its natural splendour, including the Big 5. This term initially referred to the five most challenging animals to hunt in Africa, but have now become the most sought after animals on a safari.

Day and Overnight Packages

Inverdoorn offers day visits which entail a three-hour safari and lunch back at the safari lodge. Day visits are ideal for those limited on time and budget or even just for those looking for a quick escape from the city. Overnight guests encompass two safaris: one at sunset and one at sunrise the next day. All meals are included and are served at the boma under the stars for a real South African safari experience.

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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