1. Big 5
The game drives are one of the biggest attractions at Inverdoorn and the reason most guests visit. Encountering wildlife in Africa is a great travel experience, particularly when you can do it this close to the city. Home to more than 1 200 free-roaming animals on the reserve, Inverdoorn is proud to be home to the Big 5. White rhinos and Cape Buffalos were some of the first members when Inverdoorn started as a game reserve, with the Cape Leopards lurking in the shadows as they have done for many centuries. Soon thereafter a male lion, known as Robby, was introduced. He was rescued from canned hunting, along with two lionesses. In 2012, the group was completed when two male elephants, Bully and Nduna, were brought to the reserve to roam free for the first time in their lives.
2. Rhino Orphanage
The numbers of the Big 5 expanded at Inverdoorn when two rhino calves were rescued and relocated to Inverdoorn. They were affectionately named Bundu and Livinia and looked after in the newly created rhino orphanage. They had lost their mothers to poachers and needed extra care and attention after the trauma. The young rhinos are living healthily and happily on the reserve, growing bigger and stronger every day.
3. Cheetah Interaction
Another reason people come from far and wide to visit Inverdoorn is to meet the cheetahs. The game reserve has a rescue and rehabilitation centre for the big cat on site. In order to educate guests about the plight of the cheetah, the centre offers interactions with the tame cheetahs Velvet and Iziba. As travellers pet the cheetahs, give them water and watch them run, the handlers and volunteers will enlighten guests about the many factors contributing to the decimation of the species.
4. Cheetah Runs
There is more cheetah action on hand after sunset safaris at Inverdoorn. The cheetahs need to be exercised every day as part of the breeding programmes and in order to hone their hunting skills. The wild cheetahs form part of the cheetah centre's rehabilitation and breeding programmes. They will be released into the main part of the reserve once they have been properly rehabilitated. Guests are able to witness the wild cheetahs go through their daily exercises, chasing a lure and reaching speeds of up to 120km/h.
5. Walk with Giraffes
From the fastest land animal to the tallest land animal, guests are able to see both at Inverdoorn. Giraffes are plenty at the reserve and move sedately in herds across the plains of the Karoo. When the weather is just right, guests may step out of the safari vehicle and walk amongst these graceful creatures.
6. Sunrise and Sunset
Set amidst the vast luxury of the Karoo, Inverdoorn boasts glorious panoramas illuminated by the rising sun in the morning and the setting in the evening. Safaris take place at these times so that guests can encounter the animals, while appreciating the full beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Once the sun goes down, the splendour continues. Situated in the quiet solitude of the Karoo, the reserve is devoid of endless city lights which means that the stars really come out to play at night. Set against an inky black sky, not only are the stars bigger and brighter at Inverdoorn, but there are far more than you have ever seen before. A whole carpet of stars adorns the skies, giving you a completely new and different experience of the night sky.
8. Biodiversity Hotspot
Inverdoorn is situated in the Succulent Karoo. This biome is an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot, as well as the world's only arid hotspot. More than 6 000 types of plants can be found in this biome, almost half of which are endemic. In addition to this magnitude of plantlife there are the animals and birds which guests will see on safari. The real standout feature of the hotspot is the rich flora and you will see all kinds of beautiful and interesting plants during the game drive and at the safari lodge. In spring, the game reserve blooms to life with a gorgeous swirl of colour to beckon the new season.
9. Luxury Accommodation
The game reserve may be isolated and surrounded by wildlife, but guests do not have to give up any of the comforts of home. Various luxury accommodation options are available, which will leave guests comfortable and relaxed while still being able to enjoy their surroundings from open verandas and roof terraces. A swimming pool and TV lounge are added luxuries to make the stay that much more welcoming. Meals are served outside on a hot day in summer or next to the dining room's roaring fireplace in winter.
10. Road Trip
South Africa is a beautiful and diverse country...and not just when it comes to its people. The landscape constantly changes, promising a new and magnificent sight around every corner. Take advantage of the gorgeous countryside by taking a road trip to Inverdoorn winding through the little towns dotted along the way. Buy local produce from the various farm stalls or stop at a vineyard to taste some of the best wines in the world. There are various scenic routes which can be traversed en route to Inverdoorn, including Bain's Kloof Pass.