The Little Karoo

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The Little Karoo

The Klein Karoo - a magnificient wildlife view

The Little Karoo or, as it is locally known, the Klein Karoo, is a semi-arid valley surrounded by mountains. At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking the Little Karoo is a barren, dusty and dry tract of land; but on closer inspection you will be surprised to see the amounts of life it holds. With dry, hot summers and wet, cold winters, the land is perfect for fruit, wine and livestock farming.

Early European settlers saw the potential of the region and soon the abundant wildlife, which once roamed these vast plains, was all but wiped out to make way for the growing demand of human settlements and agriculture. Today Inverdoorn Game Reserve plays a vital role in the re-introduction of endemic species such as lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo back into the region.


Towns of Interest

A visit to the Little Karoo is a visit into the heart of South African history and culture. Starting in the south with Ceres, the gateway to the Little Karoo, it reaches all the way north to the ostrich "capital" and home of The Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn. The lush, hikers' paradise of Barrydale in the west and the historic town of Uniondale in the east, complete the circumference. With many more historic sites and natural attractions to enjoy in between, this is a very special region.

A Succulent Forest

Inverdoorn Game Reserve is instrumental in the conservation and rehabilitation of endangered species in the Little Karoo and are also custodians of the rich and diverse succulent plant life that characterisesthe Little Karoo. Interesting plants with the tiniest of flowers and large, bulbous cacti with spiky thorns are but a few of the wonders you will discover here. If you are lucky enough to be here during the spring, the Karoo will greet you with a carpet of blooming wildflowers in a variety of colours. 


When the day has passed, the night sky will reveal a few secrets of its own and it is clear why the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere is found in Sutherland, which lies just a little deeper into the interior of the Little Karoo. However, you do not need to travel any further than Inverdoorn Game Reserve for a spectacular show of stars.

The Inverdoorn team will be happy to assist with more information on sightseeing and attractions in this wonderful region.inverdoorn-divider




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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Overnight Safaris

    Seeing the warmth rise off a herd of buffalo, silhouetted in the glow of a bright Karoo sunrise, or a stealthy cheetah enjoying an early-evening run, is but a small part of the excellent...

Close to Cape Town

Just two and a half hours from bustling metropolis of Cape Town, guests will encounter wildlife in all its natural splendour, including the Big 5. This term initially referred to the five most challenging animals to hunt in Africa, but have now become the most sought after animals on a safari.

Day and Overnight Packages

Inverdoorn offers day visits which entail a three-hour safari and lunch back at the safari lodge. Day visits are ideal for those limited on time and budget or even just for those looking for a quick escape from the city. Overnight guests encompass two safaris: one at sunset and one at sunrise the next day. All meals are included and are served at the boma under the stars for a real South African safari experience.

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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