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RED LECHWE

RED LECHWE

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The Red lechwe is not actually indigenous to South Africa. They originally come from Namibia, but as semi-aquatic mammals they are happy as long as there is water around, which is why Inverdoorn has been able to introduce them into the reserve, and one of the dams has even been named after them. They love the water and it forms a great part of their existence.

When the Red lechwe is startled, it will jump into the water so that predators, such as lions and leopards, cannot follow suit. The lechwe's hooves have a semi-webbed piece of skin which prevents them from sinking into the mud. Their back legs are slightly longer and more developed - this adapatation assists with jumping in the water. The lechwe's glands produce oil which makes their skin waterproof and thus they are comfortable in water. The oil also results in the taste of their meat being tainted, so if anyone offers you lechwe biltong, it would be best if you turned up your nose. This is also a handy defense mechanism against predators, because the poor taste means they will only prey on these antelope as a last resort. You can distinguish between the sexes, as the males have horns and the females do not. They are grazers and, unsurprisingly, will sleep next to the water. 

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Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

 

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

Big Five Safaris

  • Day Trip Safaris

    A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a trip to Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. Only 2.5 hours outside of the city a Big 5 Day Trip Safari with a visit to a...
  • 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...
  • Walk with Giraffes

    While each of our safari options are a wonderful experience, early-morning safaris start just before sunrise and are the reason overnight stays come so highly recommended. The animals are...

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

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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