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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

  • Safari Getaway

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and enjoy a safari day trip full of engaging animal encounters on game drives and excellent meals enjoyed in the cool shade....
  • 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...
  • 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,...

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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