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Antidorcas marsupialis

Springboks hold a special place in the heart of many South Africans, because it is the country's national animal and the name of their national rugby team.

A magnificent sight in the bush is most certainly watching the springbok jump. Their name literally translates to "jump antelope". When they jump they arch their back and their feet come together, off the ground, as they leap gracefully through the bush. This is a bit of a playful taunt to predators, signalling that the springbok is not only aware of the predator's presence, but too fit and fast to be hunted down. When springboks engage in this activity it is known an pronking. It is also used to startle predators by leaping suddenly out of the grass, also serving as an alarm to other animals that predators are close by. Pronking is also used to attract potential mates, by showing off how fit and healthy they are.  

There are occurences of black springboks in the bush as well. This distinction in colour is merely due to an excess of melanin, which gives them a darker appearance. The black springbok usually does not live as long, because their darker colour makes them more conspicuous during the day and thus they cannot protect themselves by blending into their environment. This melanistic aspect is also found in leopards and cheetahs. When the opposite occurs, the animal is known as an albino – an example being the white lion.

Springboks are abundant at Inverdoorn and even black springboks have been spotted.


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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Newborn Rhino at Inverdoorn

    Newborn Rhino at Inverdoorn

    The birth of a rhino at Inverdoorn Game Reserve has given hope for the future of the species. We find it greatly significant, as it gives hope to the future of this critically endangered...

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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