The Karoo forges an arid path across the South African heartland. At first glance it is an apparent desert wilderness; however, the region overflows with life and Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve has made a significant contribution to this fact. Offering 1 200 wild animals, with the inclusion of the Big 5, this sprawling 10 000 hectare reserve also happens to be home to one of the most prominent cheetah rehabilitation centres worldwide.
This year Inverdoorn became an authentic Big 5 safari destination with the addition of two male elephants. The other sought-after members of the Big 5 – the lion, buffalo, the mysterious leopard and the threatened rhino – are also present in good numbers. Located close to Cape Town, there is no need to travel far to see game in such numbers. Inverdoorn is the largest Big 5 game reserve and safari destination this close to Cape Town, boasting more wild animals than any other private game reserve and safari lodge in the region.
With many species of antelope and other mammals – including hippo, zebra, giraffe and numerous bird species – Inverdoorn delivers an unparalleled safari experience. The Karoo once teemed with cheetah, lion, buffalo and antelope; but were all but wiped out to make way for agriculture.
Private game reserves such as Inverdoorn play a very important ecological role in the Western Cape by reintroducing animals into the region and making it accessible to all through affordable day visits and overnight stays.
Most importantly at Inverdoorn is the cheetah rehabilitation program. Since its inception in 2001, the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation has saved 14 cheetahs. They are undoubtedly an extraordinary addition to an unforgettable safari experience. Inverdoorn is the largest wildlife refuge in the Western Cape; but the African cheetah is heading towards extinction - thus initiatives such as the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation programme lead the way forward to survival.
Guests have the opportunity to meet the cheetahs* (for guests opting for five-star accommodation, this is inclusive) and the unsurpassed privilege of witnessing a cheetah reach speeds of up to 120km p/h is simply awe-inspiring.
Iziba Safari Lodge provides luxury safari accommodation for all tastes and budgets. With four to five-star options, there is a luxurious option available for all. The lodge accommodation provides peace and quiet and allows visitors unparalleled vantage points from which to enjoy the scenery.
Just two and a half hours away from South Africa's most popular city, Cape Town, the drive to Inverdoorn is short but infinitely sweet, as it is packed with charming roadside attractions.
Now that you know what you can look forward to, what are you waiting for? If you want to experience a stylish and authentic safari just 2.5 hours from Cape Town with plenty to see and do – book now!