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!