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Panthera pardus

The mysterious leopard is a secretive and stealthy big cat. Its coat, valued in the past as ceremonial robes and a coveted fashion item, is covered with black spots and rosettes and the tail is longer than its body length. Solitary prowlers, they are nocturnal and often hunt long after the sun has gone down. They further add to their allusive air by residing in riverine forests, dense bush or mountainous areas. In the Cape they have been largely driven out by farmers, thus opting to hide out in the mountains.

Extremely territorial, they live alone; urine and claw marks on trees serve as markers of their territory, keeping other leopards away. They will only come together to mate and the females will then stay with the cubs for up to two years. They love trees and as powerful climbers can drag prey twice their own body weight up a tree. This keeps their catch away from scavengers and other predators and allows them to store it for when they wish to feed again. Their diet is quite versatile ranging from rodents and birds to dassies, monkeys and large antelope.

Their solitary and oft fierce nature keeps their predators to a minimum, with the biggest threat being humans. A glimpse of a leopard is rare due to its nighttime activities and their preference of the shade and solitude of trees and caves during the day.


Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve


112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 71 50


Big Five Safaris

  • Safari Getaway

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and enjoy a safari day trip full of engaging animal encounters on game drives and excellent meals enjoyed in the cool shade....
  • Volunteer

    Since 2001 the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) has been rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs at a special facility at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. The WCCC is...
  • Overnight Safaris

    Seeing the warmth rise off a herd of buffalo, silhouetted in the glow of a bright Karoo sunrise, or a stealthy cheetah enjoying an early-evening run, is but a small part of the excellent...

Fauna and Flora

Mammals, birds, insects and an abundance of plant life can be found at Inverdoorn from giant elephants and fat hippos to floating butterflies and a colourful array of flowers in the spring. The Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Thousands of Animals

Whether you are searching for the celebrated Big 5 or are an avid bird-watcher, your trip to Inverdoorn will not leave you disappointed. White rhinos graze with African buffaloes, whilst wildebeest frolic in the background. Giraffes are gentle and magnificent giants who will even allow guests to walk among them. South Africa Shellducks and Egyptian Geese splash together through the water and flamingos have been spotted at Inverdoorn during their migration.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 7150


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