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  • button-elephantFree-Roaming Elephants at Inverdoorn!

    In 2012 Inverdoorn Game Reserve was proud to announce the introduction of free-roaming elephants in the Ceres Karoo for the first time in 150 years

  • button-capcheetahThe Western Cape Cheetah Conservation Program

    Inverdoorn strives to rehabilitate Cheetahs in their natural environment. From our Successful Rehabilitation program to the latest release of the cheetahs in the main reserve.

  • button-capcheetahVoluntering at Inverdoorn

    Do you want to make a difference and contribute in saving the cheetahs, become a volunteer and be part of the vibrant Inverdoorn team apply now!

  • button-capcheetahA Big 5 Safari Adventure

    Search for the Big 5 close to Cape Town while enjoying the tranquillity of the Karoo and the luxury of the finest safari accommodation

  • button-capcheetahA conservation stronghold

    Many of the wild animals been rescued and rehabilitated and now roam free in the Ceres Karoo.

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Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge is located in the Ceres Karoo, just two and a half hours from Cape Town. Stretching across 10 000 hectares, Inverdoorn is the largest private game reserve in the area, providing sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife. The game reserve offers a premier safari experience including game drives, luxury accommodation and incredible insight into the rescue and rehabilitation of the cheetah.

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 A Wildlife Sanctuary

Driving over the well-beaten track that winds through the reserve, you may come across any number of animals. Making their way through the succulent plant life that characterises the floral diversity of the Karoo, you will find a myriad of antelope such as kudu, eland, impala, springbok and gemsbok. You will be captivated by the distinct markings of the zebra and the graceful gait of the giraffe, while the brute power of the buffalo and the majestic beauty of the Cape Barbary lion will astound you.

Perched atop a safari vehicle or standing in a lookout point within the heart of the reserve you will be lost in the awesome vastness which surrounds you, as well as the solitude of the Karoo. Rangers add a rich element of humour and storytelling to the safari with anecdotes of the animals, wildlife facts and, most importantly, the threats facing many species today.

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At the safari lodge guest have the opportunity to unwind, and may even see the cheetahs going on daily walks with their handlers. This beautiful, big cat is the heart and soul of Inverdoorn. In 2001 Cape Cheetah was established, which seeks to rescue and rehabilitate cheetahs and, ultimately, release them into the wild.

In 2012 Inverdoorn became home to the Big 5. Since its inception, the reserve has re-introduced many of the members into the region through their conservation efforts. The male lion was rescued from trophy hunting, while rhinos have a long history at the reserve, with their conservation led by RhinoProtect. This organisation developed a horn treatment to ward off poachers, and established an orphanage for calves victimised by poaching. Free-roaming elephants are also back, having been eradicated from the area for 150 years.

The buffalo herd is healthy and continually expanding. You are bound to see these volatile creatures on safari. The Cape leopard has long been an inhabitant of the vast mountain ranges, but its solitary and nocturnal habits make it an elusive creature. The search for the Big 5 is the highlight of many safaris, and Inverdoorn delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience searching for these famous creatures.

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  • Inverdoorn is doing a fabulous job of making sure that my grandchildren will be able to come to Africa with their grandchildren to see the wild animals of Africa.
    ozricko75 - Trip Advisor
  • The drive from Cape Town was an added bonus winding our way through spectacular mountainous scenery and colourful vineyards.
    PandanBear, Australia - Trip Advisor


  • What an amazing place...we were bowled over by our experience.
    Disco_Al - Trip Advisor


  • You leave Inverdoorn with a sense of accomplishment and wonder.
    Sweetiemine, Singapore - Trip Advisor
  • As an introduction to African safari, the Big Five, and the very real work needed to protect and conserve these amazing animals and their habitat, Inverdoorn is perfect.
    Brittus, England - Trip Advisor
  • The tour guides are exceptionally passionate and knowledgable which made the safari drives even more enjoyable.
    Kate R, England - Trip Advisor
  • Totally enjoyed the stars we saw every night at our balcony!
    Yagiza, Singapore - Trip Advisor
  • From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, Inverdoorn filled our days with fantastic safari, expert knowledge, new friends and laughter.
    Brittus, England - Trip Advisor
  • Inverdoorn is a must for time-limited travellers in the Cape Region who would like an introduction to Safari.
    HenryXKnight, England - Trip Advisor 
  • The guide was excellent – he really knew his stuff and provided an interesting an informative commentary.
    Andrew C, England - Trip Advisor 

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Cheetahs

    Cheetahs

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014

    In the 1970s, the cheetah population was estimated at 15 000 in Africa. Today, the known cheetah population in the wild is approximately 6 000; half the population is located in Namibia. A decline of at least 30% is suspected over the next 18 years. The decline is primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as the killing...
  • A Farewell to Animals

    A Farewell to Animals

    Monday, 14 April 2014

    This weekend wrapped up my last few days at Inverdoorn. I have been here just over three months and what an experience it has been. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I first arrived, but it didn't take long to figure out that even though every day's routine was similar, it was also always different. The work wasn't always fun...
  • Meet the Cheetahs: In the Reserve

    Meet the Cheetahs: In the Reserve

    Friday, 11 April 2014

    These two cheetahs were released into the main reserve in mid-November last year. Every morning and every evening we go out to track these two to make sure they are all right and adapting to life as a free cheetah. Female The female is the one we usually spend most of our time with during tracking since she has hot spots all over the...
  • Rhinos

    Rhinos

    Thursday, 10 April 2014

    Every year since 2008 the number of rhinos being poached for their horns has increased. In 2013 over 1 000 rhinos were poached. This year the number of rhinos already killed is on track to beat the previous year. Both the Black and White rhino have a long history of being overhunted. Populations have fluctuated from being decimated to...
  • The Return of the Cheetah Girl

    The Return of the Cheetah Girl

    Monday, 07 April 2014

    Hello, I'm back! As Leah mentioned last week, I volunteered here at Inverdoorn last year and was lucky enough to be offered a job. After a long while back home in the UK battling visa paperwork, I arrived just over a week ago and I couldn't be happier. We've got a great team of staff and volunteers and I feel privileged to work amongst...
  • 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...
  • Feathered Friends

    Feathered Friends

    Tuesday, 01 April 2014

    This week started with some rain again. On Tuesday Wilna, our General Manager, called me over the radio. She had found four baby mousebirds that must have fallen out of the nest, because of the wind. One was already dead and the other three barely alive. They were stiff, cold, wet and full of ants. With the help of my blow-dryer all...
  • Tracking Cheetahs

    Tracking Cheetahs

    Wednesday, 26 March 2014

    This week started with a successful hunt for the male cheetah. He caught a large female lechwe close to the dam, so we put up the bush-cam near his kill. The first two days we caught pictures of the male cheetah feeding, but no other animals, so we put the bush-cam back up to see if we could find other animals feeding on the kill. We...
  • Cheetah Tales

    Cheetah Tales

    Monday, 17 March 2014

    This week, like any other week at Inverdoorn, had some exciting events happen. We have been moving a lot of the cheetahs around in the breeding camp, as a few of the females have been in heat. Moving in the females with as many different males as we can will give us the best chance of them mating. It’s been a little frustrating as...
  • Meet the Cheetahs: The Wild Ones

    Meet the Cheetahs: The Wild Ones

    Friday, 14 March 2014

    These five cheetahs call the cheetah facility their home for now, but they too will one day be able to live the cheetah dream and feel the free wind brushing through their fur as they make their first kill. Every night they get the chance to let all their energy out and run after the lure during cheetah runs. If you think they cannot...

Why choose Inverdoorn?

Amongst the wonders of Nature exists a splendid place situated in the magnificence of the vast open Karoo landscape, Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge. The 10 000 hectare property is a resourceful and stylish 'oasis' destination, only a 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town city centre.

Exclusive Cheetah interactions

Inverdoorn offers guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really get to grips with a cheetah through its Exclusive Encounters package that allow guests to spend time interacting with the cheetahs through stroking, petting and giving the cheetahs water. 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. Learn More...

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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