English Afrikaans Arabic Chinese (Simplified) French German Italian Japanese Portuguese Russian Spanish

Diary of a Canadian South African

WRITTEN BY // Kirsty Woodhead CATEGORIES // Capecheetah-blog | Inverdoorn-blog

A Typical Day at Inverdoorn

Diary of a Canadian South African

Every day at Inverdoorn is different, but there is a tentative schedule that most days follow. There are many things that students will be helping with and taking part in each day. Flexibility is key at the reserve though as every day new surprises and tasks arise that must be completed. 


7:50 am

Morning Meeting

8:00 – 9:30 am

Morning Routine 

(feed the rhinos, feed the rabbits, clean Velvet and Izibas camp, prepare Velvet and Izibas food and feed them, check on the cheetahs in the breeding camps)

9:30 – 10:30 am

Prepare set up for guests’ Cheetah Interaction 


Chores (e.g. fetching lucern and straw for the rabbits and rhinos, cleaning rabbit camps, meat work, cleaning the cheetah kitchen, cleaning the cheetah enclosures in the breeding camp, untangling the pulleys, etc.)


Time with Velvet and Iziba (e.g. Taking them to the dam or the playground, taking them for a walk, doing a run with them at the landing strip)

10:30 – Noon 

Cheetah Interaction with guests (location varies)

*If no guests have signed up for a cheetah interaction then chores continue till noon

Noon – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Odd chores (see examples above)

*Sometimes depending on the number of visitors for lunch we help serve drinks to guests

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Take Velvet and/or Iziba out to the lawn in front of the lodge over guests’ lunch break for them to see

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Chores/Walk the cheetahs

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Set up and conduct the cheetah run with the wild cheetahs for the overnight guests

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Feed the rabbits and rhinos

5:00 pm

End of the day

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Aperitif at the Tower in the main reserve

*If there are more than 10 overnight guests then we prepare drinks and light snacks for the guests


Every day at Inverdoorn is different, but each day starts out with the morning routine. After the morning meeting we go off to conduct our morning chores. This consists of feeding the two rhino babies (Bundu and Livinia), feeding the rabbits, cleaning Velvet and Iziba's enclosure and feeding Velvet and Iziba. After the morning routine is complete the rest of the day’s tasks largely depend on the number of visitors at the lodge, their requests and the weather. Most days will involve some odd chores that need to be done such as cleaning the cheetah kitchen, cleaning the rabbit camps, meat work, untangling the pulley machines, etc. Each day also involves time spent with Velvet and Iziba too though. They are very affectionate and energetic cheetahs and need to be given attention every day. Some days there will be Cheetah Interactions if guests have signed up for them. If there are no Interactions scheduled for the day we like to take the cheetahs out to the dam or the playground where we can let them off their leashes to explore and play. Sometimes at the dam they even try to hunt buck. Our lunch break is typically from noon till 1pm, but this can change depending on the day’s activities. After lunch we check on the rabbits and refill their water bowls and clean up the cheetah kitchen a bit. Over the guests’ lunch break, if the weather permits, we take Velvet or Iziba (sometimes both) out to the grass area in front of the lodge for the guests. This is a very important part of the educational component at Inverdoorn, because it gives guests the opportunity to see the cheetahs and ask questions about them.

Cheetah conservation is one of the main focuses at Inverdoorn. At 3pm we leave to set up the cheetah run with the wild cheetahs for the overnight guests. Afterwards, before going home for the day, we feed the rhinos and rabbits in the evening.




About the author

Kirsty Woodhead

Kirsty Woodhead

Kirsty Woodhead was born in South Africa. When she was still a young girl she moved to Canada, where she is completing her education. Her studies incorporate a focus on wildlife and she is a strong proponent of eco-tourism. She has travelled extensively, including various game reserves and national parks across southern Africa, and her pursuit has led to...

Comments (0)

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest. Optional login below.

Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve



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


Meet The Team

  • An American in South Africa

    An American in South Africa

    My name is John McIlvaine and I am from Seattle, Washington, USA. This is my second trip to South Africa to do volunteer cheetah conservation work, but this is my first time at...

  • Meeting the Interns: Thomas Prevot

    Meeting the Interns: Thomas Prevot

    Travelling from one famous wine region to another, namely Bordeaux to Cape Town, Thomas Prevot has come to South Africa to "discover a new culture and a new kind of work." Studying...

  • Meet the team: Caroline

    Meet the team: Caroline

    Inverdoorn – What better way to get to know someone than in their own words?   Meet Caroline, happy, young and in love with Cheetahs.    Below, you can read about...

  • Meeting the Volunteers: Kirsty Woodhead

    Meeting the Volunteers: Kirsty Woodhead

    Before meeting Kirsty Woodhead, I knew that she had South African roots and was curious to hear her accent. Having moved to Canada at a young age, she has lost her accent and laments this...

Keep up to Date

For all the latest news about your favourite animals at Inverdoorn like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest news and blog posts about the cheetahs, the rhinos, the lions and all the other animals that live on the reserve. Read about the people who look after them and have dedicated their lives to wildlife and its conservation.

Share Your View

Did you enjoy your trip to Inverdoorn? Submit a review to Trip Advisor or send us a review via our website. We want to hear all about your trip: what you liked, what you saw, the best parts and any suggestions and ideas for how we can improve the experience for YOU are also welcome. You can read what others have said about us by checking out some of the articles and press releases or chat to other guests on Trip Advisor. You can even join our Inverdoorn Community and stay in touch with our rangers, animal handlers and other guests.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve


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


footer map inverdoorn