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Ceratotherium simum

Two types of rhino typically abound in the African bush, the white rhino and the black rhino. The distinction between the two lies mainly in their feeding habits. The white rhino are grazers; the black rhino, with their hooked lips, are browsers. Both teeter on the verge of extinction, particularly the black rhino, due largely to an explosion in illegal rhino poaching in pursuit of the animal's horn. The horn is largely made up of keratin and utterly useless for the mythological purposes that are purported. In an attempt to impede poaching, many rhinos have been dehorned; but sadly this affects their behaviour and can cause them to become more aggressive.

Rhinos have particularly poor sight, but a strong sense of smell and hearing, and may thus attack if they feel threatened – their charges are notoriously violent and these creatures are considered one of the most dangerous animals in the bush. When attacking, rhinos will lower their heads, snort and start charging in order to run through the threat with its deadly horn. Female rhinos will stress when they give birth, becoming very aggressive and attacking anything that comes close to them. Rhinos can live for up to 45 years and females will generally only give birth to one calf in her lifetime.

One of the most famous relationships in the bush is that of the symbiotic one between rhino and oxpeckers. The birds will feed on ticks they find on the rhino, while acting as a "guard", nosily making the rhino aware of any danger.

Inverdoorn is home to five rhinos: two females, one male and two calves.


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...
  • 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....
  • 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...

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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