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Zebras exist in a harem structure. The dominant male will establish a territory and then proceed to attract females. A male zebra can have between four to seven "wives" and a consequent hierarchy is created between the females. There are three subspecies of zebra: the Grevy's zebra, the mountain zebra, and the one found at Inverdoorn, the Burchell's zebra. The latter is sometimes referred to as the Plain's zebra, and this sub-species has brown "shadow" stripes between the black and white. 

Each zebra is unique, because no two coats are identical. A popular wildlife guessing game is whether the zebra is black with white stripes or white with black stripes. The answer is black, because that is the colour of the embryo.  Their stripes are said to assist in camouflaging them from predators, but this theory has been disputed.

Lions are one of their natural predators, but zebras are capable of killing them with a kick far more powerful than that of a horse's. The herd will also come to the defense of an attacked zebra, circling it in order to drive away the threat.

Zebras are herbivorous grazers, feeding mostly on grass. When a foal is born, the mother will keep all other zebras away, until it learns to recognise her by sight, sound and smell - this is referred to as imprinting. The foals become close to their fathers as well, but leave the herd when they are between one and four years old to join a bachelor group of males. When they are strong enough, they head their own family. 


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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Day Trip Safaris

    A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a trip to Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. Only 2.5 hours outside of the city a Big 5 Day Trip Safari with a visit to a...

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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