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Loxodonta africana

The African and the Indian elephant are the largest land animals, with the African being the larger of the two. In addition to their size, they can also be distinguished from each other by the shape of their ears. Remarkably, the African elephant has ears shaped like the African continent, while the Indian elephant's are shaped like India.

Elephants are continually eating, as they only digest 40% of what they eat. They stop growing at 35 – 40 and can live for up to 70 or even 80 years of age. Their lifespan is controlled by their teeth and once they lose their teeth they cannot live.

elephant-logo-v2bisAs legend has it, an elephant never forgets...and this is entirely true! Inverdoorn is proud to be the home of two, free-roaming elephants; namely, Bully and Nduna. These two elephants grew up together. Bully is between 25 and 28 years of age and Nduna is between 10 and 12. Both were bred in captivity. Bully was a movie star and has sadly lost one of his tusks. Nduna was also fated for a future in film; until he and Bully were transferred to Inverdoorn for a happier existence in their natural home, in a much larger space. 


Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve


112 LOOP STREET 8001

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


Big Five Safaris

  • Volunteer at Inverdoorn

    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...
  • Safari Getaway

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and enjoy a safari day trip full of engaging animal encounters on game drives and excellent meals enjoyed in the cool shade....
  • Track a Free-roaming Cheetah

    Track a Free-roaming Cheetah

    The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. After a lot hard work and high hopes from the dedicated team at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC), the second step...

Fauna and Flora

Mammals, birds, insects and an abundance of plant life can be found at Inverdoorn from giant elephants and fat hippos to floating butterflies and a colourful array of flowers in the spring. The Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Thousands of Animals

Whether you are searching for the celebrated Big 5 or are an avid bird-watcher, your trip to Inverdoorn will not leave you disappointed. White rhinos graze with African buffaloes, whilst wildebeest frolic in the background. Giraffes are gentle and magnificent giants who will even allow guests to walk among them. South Africa Shellducks and Egyptian Geese splash together through the water and flamingos have been spotted at Inverdoorn during their migration.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

112 LOOP STREET 8001

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


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