The Little Karoo cuts a dry and dusty swathe across South Africa's interior. At first glance the Karoo seems like an isolated panorama, but the region teems with life of every kind. Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge has made a significant contribution to the biodiversity of the magnificent Karoo. Boasting 1 200 wild animals, including the Big 5, the sprawling 10 000 hectares of the reserve is also home to one of the most successful cheetah rehabilitation centres in the world.
This year Inverdoorn has proudly become a luxury Big 5 safari and game lodge destination, with all members of the Big 5 – lion, buffalo, the elusive leopard, the critically endangered rhino and elephant – represented at Inverdoorn. The reserve is also famous worldwide for its cheetah rehabilitation program. Since the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation organisation was founded in 2001, they have rescued 14 cheetahs, adding a rich element of diversity to an already unforgettable safari experience.
Inverdoorn prides itself not only on being a premier Big 5 game reserve, but also on offering guests superior luxury accommodation and facilities for guests to enjoy on their stay. The lodge accommodation provides welcome respite and comfort from the Karoo elements and is nestled between a remarkable succulent garden and the great expanse of the Karoo.
Inverdoorn creates an unforgettable experience for all guests and is merely a mere two and half hour drive from the bustling metropolis of Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City.
With a myriad species of antelope and other mammals – including hippo, zebra and giraffe – and hundreds of bird species, Inverdoorn offers an unparalleled safari adventure. The Karoo, once teeming with members of the Big 5, cheetah, hippos, giraffes and more, were all but wiped out some three hundred years ago to make way for agriculture.
Private game reserves and safari lodges such as Inverdoorn play a significant ecological role In South Africa through the re-introduction of endemic species to the region. In some instances, as with the cheetah, it is the difference between survival and extinction.
With less than 3 000 cheetah left in the wild, initiatives such as the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation, founded by Inverdoorn in 2001, pioneer the way forward for its survival. The safari lodge has five tame cheetahs that guests have the opportunity to interact with, one-on-one. Guests choosing five-star accommodation automatically have this magnificent experience included.
A trip to the cheetah enclosure is the last stop on your three-hour long safari and promises a very special addition to the safari experience. The unsurpassed privilege of seeing a cheetah reach speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour will be unlike anything you have experienced before.
Iziba Safari Lodge caters for all tastes and budgets. With four- and five-star options, there is a luxurious, stylish and comfortable option available for all. Guests can choose from two guesthouses; seven, four-star chalets; four, five-star luxury chalets and one five-star Ambassador Suite.
Only two and a half hours outside of South Africa's most popular city, Cape Town, the journey to Inverdoorn is quick, but packed with interesting sightseeing opportunities. En route to the lodge, guests are encouraged to stop along the wine route to sample some of the region's choice wines; stock up on cheese and olives or enjoy refreshments at one of the many farm stalls or roadside attractions, all while enjoying the charm and warm verve of South African hospitality.
Inverdoorn is the only game reserve in the region to offer such intimate insight into cheetah conservation. Add in the unmatched biodiversity and superior luxury lodgings and Inverdoorn is undoubtedly a must-do on your Cape Town holiday.