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The meerkat is part of the mongoose family. It is quite an amusing-looking, yet still adorable, creature of Africa. Highly gregarious, they live in groups known as mobs – several of which may even form a community. Their natural predators include hawks and eagles and for this reason they work together as lookouts and guards. The lookouts will give out piercing calls to warn the others of danger. After they have scampered for cover, a few will remain to stand guard over the group.

There is a distinction between alpha and beta meerkats. The alphas are known as the leaders, whereas as the betas and the young meerkats make up the rest of the group. Interestingly, young meerkats are known as pups. The alpha male and female are the dominant couple of the mob. As matriarchal animals, the alpha female will choose the alpha male. Betas are subservient to the alphas until they leave the mob at the age of three.

These diurnal creatures work together when hunting and their diet typically consists of lizards, birds, insects, fruit and even scorpions. Meerkats have developed a method which allows them to handle the venom in scorpions. They live in burrows, which consist of an intricate underground system of tunnels. The burrows are used as protection from predators and the hot African sun, as well as a place for sleeping and breeding. Meerkats have a fairly short lifespan, usually 10 to 12 years; but can reach up to 15, when in captivity.


Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve


19 Regent Road SEA POINT 8005

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157


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...
  • 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...
  • The RhinoProtect Treatment

    In the past few years there has been an increase in rhino poaching, with South Africa as a prime target for poachers. With hundreds of rhino being poached annually for their horn, which...

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

19 Regent Road 8005 Sea Point

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157


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