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Safari Newbie

WRITTEN BY // Sophie Jacquet CATEGORIES // Inverdoorn-blog

Safari Newbie

Hello, my name is Sophie Jacquet and I come from France. I am doing an internship at Inverdoorn as a digital marketing assistant for six months. In other words, I am helping with Inverdoorn's websites and social networks. Obviously, it is better to know about safaris before you talk about them and it is for this reason I went to the game reserve.

I had never been on a safari and it was my first time. I was so excited to go there and meet real wild animals. I mean free-roaming animals, because I have already been to a zoo. But what I discovered at Inverdoorn was totally different!

I remember when I first arrived on the dirt road with the desert around me. You feel that this is it! The real thing – especially for foreigners, because we are not used to seeing the bush. The lodge seems like an oasis in this desert with all its greenery. After I had a look around, I was invited to meet Velvet, a cheetah. She came near me and lay down. I listened to her purr like a big, sweet cat. I was a little nervous when I stroked her, but very excited!

Then I was invited to board a 4x4 and do a safari with the guests. There were lions, rhinoceros, buffalos, zebras, antelopes and ostriches! Then we watched the daily training of the cheetahs, the sprint – 110km/h, it was impressive!

Three hundred pictures later, we came back at the lodge. I enjoyed a nice meal and went to bed because the next safari started at 6:30AM the next day. We met cheetahs, rhinos and buffalos again, but wait! We saw giraffes, elephants, several species of antelopes and hippos wading in a lake too. With the sunset, pastel colors and light, the wildlife seemed magical!

I really enjoyed my trip to the lodge. To be so close to wild animals and to observe them was an amazing experience and trust me, I made my friends envious – especially with my picture of Velvet and me. It is definitely better to do this internship in South Africa than in France!

About the author

Sophie Jacquet

Sophie Jacquet

Sophie Jacquet is an intern at Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge. Passionate about the digital world, she is assisting the digital marketing team in the Cape Town office. She was born and raised in France and is enjoying her time travelling, discovering foreign countries and improving her digital knowledge.

Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve


112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 71 50


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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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