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Elephants now Free Roaming at Inverdoorn

elephantsidebarIn 2012 Inverdoorn Game Reserve was proud to announce the introduction of free-roaming elephants in the Ceres Karoo for the first time in 150 years, yet again raising the bar in conservation as they brought the Big 5 to Cape Town's door step. The elephant introduction and release is one of three major projects which Inverdoorn has pioneered. In 2001 the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) was launched to further cheetah conservation by rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs; and in 2011 RhinoProtect was established to aid the fight against rhino poaching with a revolutionary horn treatment.

The two bull elephants, Bully and Nduna, were raised in captivity. Their relocation to Inverdoorn marked the first time in their lives that they experienced the freedom of wide, open spaces. The game reserve encompasses 10 000 hectares of the Ceres Karoo, allowing all the animals to roam free as nature intended. This effort, once again, marked Inverdoorn as a conservation stronghold. Having been restricted for so long in terms of space, the elephants spent time adapting to their new environment in a specially-designed enclosure, guided with the utmost care and devotion by their handlers. After a sufficient period they were released into the main part of the reserve, where they continue to roam free to this day.

Elephants are endemic to the Karoo and the team at Inverdoorn was excited to re-introduce them back into the area, thereby moving a step closer in restoring the region to its ancient glory. Guests on safari are now able to share in the joy of the elephants' freedom, as they see them roaming through the open expanse of the Karoo and playing in the dam from time to time. Bully and Nduna are carefully monitored by their handlers in order to ensure a continued smooth transition, maintaining their comfort and safety, so that they can enjoy their freedom for years to come and South Africa can retain its natural history and heritage in the Big Five.


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Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve


112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 71 50

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

Big Five Safaris

  • Overnight Safaris

    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 run, is but a small part of the excellent...
  • Volunteer

    Since 2001 the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) has been rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs at a special facility at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. The WCCC is...
  • Walk with Giraffes

    While each of our safari options are a wonderful experience, early-morning safaris start just before sunrise and are the reason overnight stays come so highly recommended. The animals are...

Close to Cape Town

Just two and a half hours from bustling metropolis of Cape Town, guests will encounter wildlife in all its natural splendour, including the Big 5. This term initially referred to the five most challenging animals to hunt in Africa, but have now become the most sought after animals on a safari.

Day and Overnight Packages

Inverdoorn offers day visits which entail a three-hour safari and lunch back at the safari lodge. Day visits are ideal for those limited on time and budget or even just for those looking for a quick escape from the city. Overnight guests encompass two safaris: one at sunset and one at sunrise the next day. All meals are included and are served at the boma under the stars for a real South African safari experience.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 7150

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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