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Inverdoorn Game Reserve Safaris
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

At the end of February 2013 we spent 24h at this Safari Reserve. I had rented a luxury accomodation which was very nice, the site itself is nice, we saw many animals on our 2 outings and our guide (Christen) was very knoledgeable. However, the food was very disappointing. We had very average food, the kind of food you would find in a 2* restaurant. And so was the way we were welcomed as we arrived. We felt like a number. We paid 800$C (=800$US) for 2 people staying for less than 24h.
Example of food: For lunch: sliced tomatos, very average pasta salad, cold and dry chicken pieces, slices of quiches, some bread, and very simple desert. For dinner: a bowl of soup, a little single portion quiche, sweet-sour fish (tasted awful !), desert. Wine to be purchased on the side, at lunch and dinner. Very average wines. For breakfast: a selection of things, and I must say, it certainly was the best meal we had...
I would never go to Inverdoorn again. When you pay such a price, you expect better quality food.
My husband has been to Kruger N.P. a few years ago and for the same price had excellent 5* food and service, and an excellent selection of wines included throughout the stay.

Thank djksaiebs
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

A wonderful experience you really should go and see for yourselve. Very Nice people. A beautiful safari.
Beautiful resort with delicious food, beautiful guesthouse, and the nature is outstanding!
We enjoyed every minute of it! Also the breakfast at the swimmingpool was very nice with fresh coffe, bacon and eggs en al kinds of other things.
The drive from capetown towards it is also very wonderful.
The guide on the safari told us a lot about the animals .
The cheetah program is very interesting.

Thank Mona M
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

My friend and I booked a day trip at the Inverdorn Game Reserve and we really enjoyed it! After a 2.5 hour ride from cape town we arrived and were welcomed with a fresh made juice. After we finished it we got to meet our tour guide. Luckily we were the only ones and so we could really enjoy the safari. Another great fact was that we could see a lot of animals and that our guide gave us some really interesting information about those and what we liked the most was that Inverdorn also takes care of abused animals like elephants and lions. We could get really close to those and take some good shots. We definitely recommend the service and the reserve.

1  Thank Nasa0203
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This game farm is very much a lesson in expectation management. It's not particularly expensive compared to the other game reserves and you get what you pay for. We actually stayed 2 nights which we now realise was 1 too many but it's how we've always done it in other game reserves (such as Sanbona - amazing and Samara - very good).

The people were friendly, we got to see the animals we wanted and it wasn't really that off-the-wall priced however, the food isn't great, the accommodation a little average and it is a little bit zoo-like. The lions were really in a caged off area which is a bit sad and they all get fed by man which ruins the experience a little.

On the plus side, the cheetah experience was amazing - we've never seen so many so close up and we were there having a laugh with family - it is what you make it I think.

Thank Faye d
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Inverdoorn is a lovely game reserve about 3 hours out of Cape Town.
The chalets were lovely and the staff were very friendly.

Rent a car from Cape Town (medium or large), the drive is beautiful It takes about 3 hours. This might obviously fluctuate, which is normal.
You will see the Big 5 and these will be in enclosures. Inverdoorn runs rehabilitation programs for these animals, so you are supporting a very good cause. Other animals (antelopes, wildebeest, etc) are in much vaster areas. The rangers are very knowledgeable and the information they share is fascinating.

The level of service offered by the resort is a little inconsistent. They are trying too hard with the food, which is unnecessary (keep it simple!) and they can't get certain basic things right:
1) there are safes in the rooms but they don't have the keys for them
2) the gift shop opening times are inconsistent (which is a shame as it's an easy way to make money for them, considering the high markup on the items they sell)
3) the aperitif at the end of the first safari was a disappointment as they didn't bring enough glasses so most people didn't get a refreshment

Needless to say, it was a wonderful experience and a great way to see animals and some countryside. If you can't get to the big parks up north then this is a great option. And you are supporting some wonderful programs designed to help animals and their environment (and minimise the damage done by humans).

Thank stephoid
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