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Otocyon megalotis

Deriving its name from its large ears, these creatures are nocturnal and live in pairs, which are usually monogamous. Females give birth to anything from one to five cubs and both the male and the female will raise them. Their diet mainly consists of grasshoppers and termites; but they will also eat small birds, eggs, lizards and fruit. They will forage for food in groups, laying their ears to the ground as they hunt in order to detect the underground movement of insects. They are also good at digging out prey or burrowing their own dens, but prefer to adapt an abandoned den left behind by other animals such as the aardvark. Due to its curious habit of turning rapidly, even at high speeds, it has been nicknamed "draaijakkals", which is Afrikaans for turning jackal. Their natural predators are hyenas and large birds of prey. Humans are enemies as well; but largely due to farmers' dogs confusing them with black-backed jackals, which destroy farmers' livestock.

Preferring short-grass or open shrub country makes Inverdoorn in the Karoo a perfect home for them.


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

  • Cheetah Runs

    Cheetahs are the fastest living animals on land, capable of reaching speeds of up to 120km/h when chasing their prey. Running is essential to their overall health and wellbeing,...
  • Volunteer

    Since 2001 the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) has been rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs at a special facility at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. The WCCC is...
  • Exclusive Cheetah Interaction

    The first time you see a cheetah in close proximity at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge may be when the resident tame cheetahs, Velvet or Iziba, go on walkabouts with their...

Fauna and Flora

Mammals, birds, insects and an abundance of plant life can be found at Inverdoorn from giant elephants and fat hippos to floating butterflies and a colourful array of flowers in the spring. The Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Thousands of Animals

Whether you are searching for the celebrated Big 5 or are an avid bird-watcher, your trip to Inverdoorn will not leave you disappointed. White rhinos graze with African buffaloes, whilst wildebeest frolic in the background. Giraffes are gentle and magnificent giants who will even allow guests to walk among them. South Africa Shellducks and Egyptian Geese splash together through the water and flamingos have been spotted at Inverdoorn during their migration.

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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