I spent a lot of time researching game reserves and so glad we chose Inverdoorn. The Cheetah interaction sold us but more on that later. It's about a 2.5 hour beautiful drive from Cape Town (especially via the mountain route). We decided on an overnight stay in the Luxury Chalet, which included a safari at dusk on the day of arrival and a safari at dawn the following morning. My wife and I are big animal people so we were pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of the animals in the reserve are rescued. Three lions were rescued from a canned hunting operation, two baby rhinos were rescued after their mom was poached, two elephants, and of course some of the cheetahs in the rehabilitation program. Lions and cheetahs are kept in two separate enclosures, independent of the main and very large enclosure. Accommodations are exceptional! Very modern, clean and comfortable. The staff is very professional and friendly. I highly recommend an overnight stay because you the safari will be less crowded than the day-trippers who go out at 10:30am. Also, if you stay in the Luxury Chalet or Ambassador Suite you'll get to interact one-on-one with a rehabilitated Cheetah. This basically means you pet one while they purr, and if you do it right you may even put one to sleep like my wife did. We really enjoyed this reserve because they put the animals first and you'll get to see the big 5. We'll be back!
- Also Known As:
- Inverdoorn Game Reserve Hotel Western Cape