Big 5 Experience in a 5 star Game Reserve at 2.5 hours from Cape Town
Inverdoorn Game Reserve stretches across 10 000 hectares of the Ceres Karoo and is home to a growing number of free-roaming wild animals. Inverdoorn is a Big 5 game reserve with a special interest in cheetah conservation. Since 2001 their organisation, the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation, has been rescuing these magnificent cats and today provides sanctuary to 14 cheetahs.
The game reserve offers day and overnight packages that include a three-hour game drive tracking antelope, giraffe, hippo, zebra, the Big 5 and several other species across an area the size of 5 360 football fields side by side.
Given the vast area that is traversed, and the unpredictable nature of the animals, it is not always possible to locate all the animals; but the skilled rangers know just where to look and will do their best to track them down.
Cape Barbary Lion
If you are pressed for time, a day trip to Inverdoorn is the perfect option. You will enjoy a jam-packed, mid-morning to afternoon safari filled with the sights and sounds of the bush. You can choose to drive to Inverdoorn yourself or make use of the shuttle service from Cape Town to the lodge. If you drive yourself it is advised that you arrive at 10:00AM as the safari kicks off promptly at 10:30AM. Day trippers enjoy a safari tracking herds of giraffes, zebra and antelope through the scrub while dedicated rangers share anecdotes about the game reserve and its inhabitants. You will have the chance to see animals such as lions, elephants and hippos before returning to the lodge for a delicious buffet lunch. Served in an exquisitely manicured succulent garden beneath the shade of giant Eucalyptus tree, you will have a chance to relax and share your experience with other guests. After a leisurely lunch that may include some surprise guests, you will be back on the scenic road to Cape Town.
If you have a little more time on your hands then the overnight safari packages come highly recommended. Overnight guests enjoy two, three-hour long safaris – a sunset safari and a sunrise safari the next day. The animals are at their liveliest in the mornings and at dusk so you are guaranteed to see much more. To see buffalo or rhino illuminated by the rising sun on a cool Karoo morning, or a cheetah being put through its paces at their sunset training sessions is what travellers' dreams are made of. With a variety of luxury accommodation packages to choose from, you will be sure to find an option suited to your personal preference and budget. Overnight guests enjoy a buffet style three-course lunch; a five-course dinner and a wholesome breakfast, also served buffet style. All the meals are included in your safari package.