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  • 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-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-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-capcheetahA conservation stronghold

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

  • 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!

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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 wildlife 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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  • Cheetah Report 16th February

    Cheetah Report 16th February

    Thursday, 26 February 2015

    My name is Marie-Anne, I’m 23 years old and I am French. I am at Inverdoorn for about 2 weeks now and it was amazing. I always wanted to work side by side with wild animals. This is unfortunately impossible in France so when I saw that emission on TV about Inverdoorn I applied and here I am. Since as far I remember, my favourite...
  • Cheetah Report 8th february

    Cheetah Report 8th february

    Friday, 13 February 2015

    After Caroline had to say goodbye last week now it is my turn, after three months my time here at Inverdoorn is over. I am looking back to three months of amazing moments, insane memories and a lot of fun. I got the chance to learn so much, not only about working with cheetahs but also about myself.   Looking back now it is...
  • Meet the team: Lena Pailler

    Meet the team: Lena Pailler

    Wednesday, 04 February 2015

    The staff at Inverdoorn comes from various parts of the world as well as different continents within South Africa. As a result they all have very different and diverse backgrounds, but are connected by their passion for wildlife and conservation. Léna Pailler, Marketing Assistant for Inverdoorn, comes from France. She is a social...
  • Cheetah Report 25th January

    Cheetah Report 25th January

    Monday, 02 February 2015

    A very happy New Year from myself to everyone-this is my first cheetah report of 2015, and it has been a very exciting week for us cheetah girls!   I actually began my week with an amazing encounter with a different feline species, not a cheetah. As me and Leah were tracking on Monday morning, we were lucky enough to have a very...
  • Cheetah Report 19th January

    Cheetah Report 19th January

    Monday, 19 January 2015

    For the first time in two Months we had a cold day this week, which didn`t only mean less sweat for us cheetah girls but also playtime for our beloved cheetahs. When Daniella and me took Velvet and Iziba out to the Playground that day they did not just run to the first tree and stayed in the shade for an hour, they ran right past it...
  • Cheetah Report 11th January

    Cheetah Report 11th January

    Monday, 12 January 2015

    Things have been extremely busy around here and the days have been flying by. Every morning, I am now waking up to the sounds of Cicada beetles singing their high pitch constant tones, just to remind me that the days are getting hotter and hotter.I am on a constant lookout for snakes around here. Twice now, I have come way to close for...
  • Cheetah Report 4th January

    Cheetah Report 4th January

    Sunday, 04 January 2015

    First of all Happy New Year to all of you, we had a great new years eve at Inverdoorn and hope that the guest that spend it with us had an amazing time. Last year has been so exciting and so many things have happened here at Inverdoorn. For Cape Cheetah it has been a very successful year since we had our first born litter ever. In...
  • Cheetah Report 28th December

    Cheetah Report 28th December

    Sunday, 28 December 2014

    The last weeks have been very busy for us, not only because it is busy season but also because one of our Cheetah-Girls, Seonaid, left us to become a Ranger here at Inverdoorn, so there is only five of us left. Our Cheetahs also had an exciting time, first Iziba decided to have a swim at the pool when Kirstine and Leah took her and...
  • Cheetah Report 21st December

    Cheetah Report 21st December

    Sunday, 21 December 2014

    Phew, it’s getting hotter and hotter, and busier and busier here at Inverdoorn! In this last week before Christmas week everyone has been going a bit crazy, but even with all the extra work that we have all had to do with the extra numbers, the whole team has been coping very well, and just getting down and dirty, and focused on...
  • Cheetah Report 14th December

    Cheetah Report 14th December

    Sunday, 14 December 2014

    Lotta’s 3 beautiful cubs are growing by the day. They are eating meat everyday now and like to fight about it, even with mum. We think that it is 2 boys and 1 girl and the comparison to their older Brothers and sister is crazy. They look so much alike and I can’t wait to see if it will stay that way as they grow up. Lula, Clyde...

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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...

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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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