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Panthera leo

The lion is known as the king of the jungle. This is not due to any special skill or characteristic, but merely due to its ability to let others do his work for him. Lions are notoriously lazy, spending 16 – 20 hours of the day lying down. They will only be active for about six to eight hours, mainly at night and in the early mornings, and the lionesses are the ones who do the hunting. Two or three males (usually brothers) will find a territory and attract four to six females. Lions are the only social cat in the African bush and always live in groups, known as a pride.

They are not the most successful hunters in the bush, often targeting prey that is not particularly logical, such as an animal that is too far away and thus not a guaranteed kill. Their success rate is typically only between 20 – 30%. The lion will try to kill anything, no matter its size or proximity.

Inverdoorn is home to three lions, one male and two females. Robby, the male Cape Barbary lion, has a special story as he was rescued from a terrible fate as a canned lion. Canning refers to trophy hunting, which entails trapping an animal in an enclosed space and unleashing hunters upon them in order to ensure a successful hunt.



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

  • Day Trip Safaris

    A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a trip to Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. Only 2.5 hours outside of the city a Big 5 Day Trip Safari with a visit to a...
  • 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,...
  • 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...

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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