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Literally translated wildebeest means "wild beast", but they are fairly docile creatures if there is enough food in the region. In the Serengeti these animals migrate annually. During this time up to 250 000 may die, but during mating season up to 500 000 may be born.

Newborn wildebeests can stand up within the first few seconds, and are running within minutes. If they do not stand up promptly the mother may leave them, as the crying attracts predators, and wildebeest are a favourite among lions, hyenas, painted dogs and cheetahs.

There are two types of wildebeest: namely, the blue and the black wildebeest. The black wildebeest has a white and bushy tail and is sometimes known as the white-tailed gnu, whereas the blue wildebeest is typically larger. 

You may be surprised to learn that the blue wildebeest is one of the fastest animals in the world. It does not compare to the cheetah, of course, but they can reach speeds of up to 80km/h, which is also pretty impressive.

The wildebeest is a herbivore and enjoys eating long grass. Zebras can often be found close on their heels, because they prefer short grass. The grazing of the long grass by the wildebeest clears the way for the zebras to enjoy the shorter grass.



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...
  • 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...
  • 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....

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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