18 years of safari expertise
Inverdoorn was once the second largest dry fruit farm in the southern hemisphere. It focused on agricultural farming until 1962, when a ten-year drought in the area resulted in unforetold loss. Consequently, the farm was sold in 1972.
When Jean-Michel and Cathy Vergnaud first bought Inverdoorn in 1994, it was a barren and lifeless expanse, decimated by a century of fruit and livestock farming. Having spent years working and raising their family in the jungles of the Ivory Coast and Gabon, their deep love for wildlife and commitment to conservation fuelled their dream to restore Inverdoorn to its former glory: teeming with wildlife of every description.
Jean-Michel, a mechanical engineer and road architect, and his wife Cathy saw the potential of the land and worked tirelessly to re-introduce species once endemic to the region. Inverdoorn was the first to release free-roaming white rhino, zebra and kudu back into the Karoo in the nearly one hundred and fifty years since they had come close to being wiped out through hunting and agriculture.