"Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." - Edward O. Wilson
While each of our safari options are wonderful experiences, early-morning safaris start just before sunrise and are the reason why overnight stays come so highly recommended. The animals are just waking, the rising sun casts a golden light over everything and the bush is alive with the sound of birds waking up. On your game drive you might encounter young buffalo calves enjoying their first morning feed or the female rhino and her almost fully grown calf taking their first drink of the morning or a trip to the lion's reserve where you might find them feasting on a fresh carcass. Further on you might encounter the hippo wallowing leisurely in their dam or just round the corner you could encounter a group of beautiful impala plucking juicy berries from an overhanging tree.
Around yet another corner you might come across what must be one of the most special encounters at Inverdoorn. Our 15-strong and growing herd of adult and baby giraffes are a group of gentle giants. Under the supervision of the rangers, if the conditions are suitable and if there are no rhino or buck in the vicinity, you may be allowed to step out of the safari vehicle and walk amongst them.
Giraffes are strangely beautiful and graceful creatures and with their elongated necks they have a decided advantage over other wildlife in the reserve with the exception of perhaps only the elephants. The elder male and patriarch of the herd is the largest of the group and easily distinguishable from the rest by its darker markings while females are noted by the calves that stay close to their sides. In the wild the giraffe is not without natural enemies, but here at Inverdoorn they are allowed to thrive and are free from harm or poaching.
As you step out of the vehicle and walk towards the herd they could peacefully pass within inches of where you are standing, gently sauntering off into the distance, the memory lasting forever in your mind.