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Exclusive Cheetah Interaction

Saving the fastest running animal on Earth

The first time you see a cheetah in close proximity at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge may be when the resident tame cheetahs, Velvet or Iziba, go on walkabouts with their handlers around the lodge. This is a truly magical experience. Many of the rescued cheetahs have a heart-warming, and sometimes heartbreaking, story that the handlers will eagerly share with you.

Inverdoorn offers guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to grips with a cheetah through the exclusive chance to spend time interacting with them. Whether stroking and petting the cheetahs or giving them water, it is an amazing experience. 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.

The cheetah is a very sensitive animal and so every care is taken to minimise their stress when being exposed to guests. We will make every effort to ensure an encounter, but there are certain conditions to be strictly adhered to:

 

  • Cheetah interactions are subject to the right weather conditions and availability.
  • Cheetah interactions 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.
  • Do not wear sunglasses or loose clothing that can flap in the wind.
  • Do not call or whistle at the cheetah.
  • Always listen to the handlers.

 

These packages are designed to give you an exciting experience and to educate and encourage you to get involved. The money raised through these packages goes directly towards the work at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation for the continued rescue, rehabilitation and research into saving the cheetah for generations to come.

Book your visit to Inverdoorn today and get to know our cheetahs.

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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


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Meet The Team

  • 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...
  • Meet the Team: Lana Simon

    Meet the Team: Lana Simon

    Wednesday, 04 December 2013

    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. Lana Simon, a reservation agent for Inverdoorn, was born in Luderitz, Namibia; but grew up in Beaufort...
  • Meet the Team: Wilna Paxton

    Meet the Team: Wilna Paxton

    Monday, 11 November 2013

    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. Wilna Paxton, the General Manager of Inverdoorn, was born in a small fishing village on the West Coast...

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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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