The Little Karoo cuts a dusty swathe through 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 sustaining the biodiversity of the Karoo. Boasting more than 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 rescue and rehabilitation centres in the world.
In 2012 Inverdoorn proudly became a luxury Big 5 safari and game lodge destination, with all members of the Big 5 – lion, buffalo, the elusive leopard, the threatened rhino and elephant – represented at Inverdoorn. The reserve is also famous worldwide for its cheetah rehabilitation program. Since the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation 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 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 a mere two and half hour drive from the bustling metropolis of Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City.
With myriad species of antelope and other mammals – including hippo, giraffes and zebras - and various bird species, Inverdoorn offers an unparalleled safari adventure. The Karoo once teemed with members of the Big 5, cheetah, hippo, giraffe and more, but were virtually 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 10 000 cheetahs 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 two tame cheetahs that guests have the opportunity to interact with, one-on-one. Those booking 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 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 stylish and comfortable option available for all. Guests can choose from three 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 wines; stock up on cheese and olives or enjoy refreshments at one of the many farm stalls and roadside attractions, all while enjoying the warm charm of South African hospitality.
Inverdoorn is the only game reserve in the region to offer intimate insight into cheetah conservation. Add in the biodiversity of the region and the luxury lodgings and Inverdoorn is undoubtedly a must-do on your Cape Town holiday.