Seeing the warmth rise off a herd of buffalo, silhouetted in the glow of a bright Karoo sunrise or a stealthy cheetah enjoying an early-evening exercise run, is but a small part of the excellent value you can expect from an overnight stay at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge.
Two indulgent Big 5 safaris, luxurious accommodation, wholesome food and outstanding service is a guarantee of an Inverdoorn overnight safari stay.
Iziba Safari Lodge has many comfortable and luxurious accommodation options to choose from. Ranging from the five-star Ambassador Suite with opulent finishes to superb four-star guests houses perfect for a family travelling with young children – the lodge caters for all tastes and personal preferences.
All meals are included in an overnight stay and are hearty, flavourful and beautifully presented occasions at every turn. Should you have a special dietary requirements, the lodge will gladly cater accordingly.
With your taste buds tantalised and an invigorating night's rest, you will be ready for an unforgettable Inverdoorn safari experience!
The late afternoon safari gets underway just as the sun starts sinking into the horizon and everything is bathed in warm light and the sky painted in an array of colour. As your safari begins you may find yourself surprised by a herd of Red Lechwe, a species of water buck, foraging near the water's edge before the trail dips down towards the lion's reserve.
Lions are the most popular members of any Big 5 safari, and our beautiful male and two females do not disappoint. The ranger will locate them and park at a safe distance from where you can observe them.
Along the way the other members of the Big 5 – the elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard could be encountered as well as a multitude of other game such as zebra, oryx, wildebeest, eland, steenbok and springbok. The late afternoon safari will conclude at the cheetah sanctuary where you will enjoy light refreshments and snacks while watching the cheetahs be put through their paces at the sunset training runs. The cheetah rehabilitation and conservation program is the heart and soul of Inverdoorn. To date, 14 cheetahs have been rescued, five of which are tame. There are plans to release the cheetahs into the game reserve in the future, raising the Big 5 safari and cheetah experience at Inverdoorn to an unmatched level in the region.
As the sun sets on a perfect safari spent in the company of the Big 5 and the cheetah, you will return to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.
Waking up before dawn on a cold Karoo morning is easy when embarking on an exciting Big 5 safari. Warm yourself alongside the boma fire while you wait with other guests for the safari to begin. Remember to bring along a warm layer of clothing as the early morning hours in an open safari vehicle can be chilly. The rangers will supply you with a blanket should you need it.
The safari gets underway as the first rays of the sun peep over the distant horizon. Entering the reserve with the sun at your back you can relax into your seat and look forward to seeing the reserve's abundance of animals.
Your first sighting could be a herd of zebra - the foals suckling on their mothers; the female rhino with her calf enjoying the first drink of the day or any of the myriad of game dotted across the plains. The buffalo herd with the impressive dominant male is also a popular sighting on safari. After a little while you're off again and onwards to the hippo dam. Viewed from a lofty vantage point it is fascinating to watch these hefty creatures leave their aquatic home to enjoy the rich feed provided for them.
You could spot a herd of giraffe browsing amongst the trees for some juicy leaves and, if the conditions are right, a unique opportunity to walk with the giraffes might present itself. You will be mesmerised as the 15-strong herd pass within metres of where you are standing and stride off into the wide open expanse of the reserve.
Your safari experience will be capped by a hearty breakfast back at the lodge, but not before you drive back in the safari vehicle and head off in search of more game on the return drive.
With so much fantastic value packed into an overnight stay at Inverdoorn, you would not want to miss out! Book your overnight safari today!