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Hippopotamus amphibius

Considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in the world, they have very big teeth (almost 16cm in length) and a powerful bite, deadly enough to chomp a 3 metre-long crocodile in half. As they are aquatic, they feel very frightened when they are not in the water and will attack on the ground. They spend most of the day in the water and can stay submerged for up to six minutes, their extended bladder enabling them to take in more oxygen. As grazers, they will walk about at night in search of food.

Many of the most important aspects of their lives occur in water: they mate, deliver their calves and suckle their young in water. Hippos have 8cm of fat under their skin, but they have a thin layer of skin which is why they prefer to stay in water as long periods in the sun will burn them. Centuries ago English and Dutch settlers hunted down hippo in order to use their fat.

Lions, leopards and young crocodiles are some of their natural enemies; but fully-grown hippos are extremely difficult to take down. At two and a half to three tons this is perfectly understandable and despite their size, they are surprisingly fast, capable of running up to 36km/h.


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

  • 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...
  • Rhino Orphanage

    In 2012, the RhinoProtect project was expanded. In December of that year two rhinos were introduced to Inverdoorn Game Reserve, bringing the total number of rhinos up to five. The new...
  • 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...

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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