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“Well worth the drive from Cape town”

Inverdoorn Game Reserve Safaris
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Visiting from NZ we enjoyed the drive through Bains Kloof and found the Game Reserve easily using the map they supplied. The welcome was lovely and found the accomodation very comfortable for our family of 5 ( we had the family units 5&6) The safaris were very informative and we saw most of the wildlife that was on the Reserve. The evening dinner was first class, beautifully set around the pool area. Overall a great adventure.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Just spent 2 days at Inverdoorn. What a fantastic place, if you love animals and you're in Cape Town on vacation you must visit.

Just a 2 1/2 hour easy drive from Cape Town, great roads for the most part. On arrival welcome drinks, shown to lovely luxury chalet. Great lunch under the trees and a free afternoon to use the gorgeous pool area. 4:30 tea time then 5pm off for 3 hour safari. We can Erica as our ranger. Such a knowledgeable lady, her love of animals really showed. We go to see Lions, Springboks, Giraffes Rhinos Ostrich.

The highlight of the evening tour was watching the cheetah running at sundown with sangria and nibbles.

The evening saw an amazing dinner around the pool.

The early morning started with tea/coffee at 6am followed by another drive out into the Karol. This time hippos, elephants, Impalas, Kudu, Oryx, Water Buffalo, Wildebeest, the list goes on. Back the lodge for full English around the pool.

Of course one of the highlights if you have the option is the Cheetah interaction. You spend an hour or more in a small group with Velvet the cheetah. A life experience, Patting her, stroking, loads of pictures. She loved the attention.

So if you want to see the big 5 (the leopard prove elusive)! That's within an easy drive from Cape Town. Huge reserve. Luxury facilities, fantastic staff please try Inverdoorn, and as a bonus help Cheetah conservation in the Western Cape

1  Thank Brighton Steve
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Knowing that visiting a Game Reserve is not the same as visiting a National Park, we went to Inverdoorn with an open mind. We had a great drive through Bain's Kloop Pass with a stop at the top. Views along the way were beautiful. We were greatly promptly upon arrival with a refreshing drink, then ushered to our cabin shortly after that. A great buffet lunch was served shortly after that. There were many delicious options along with a good wine selection(cost additional). After time for a short nap or walk around the grounds, we had tea and then headed out for our first trip into the Reserve. Our guide Erica was fantastic. We saw three of the Big 5 on this trip out. The rhinos and Cape Buffalo were fun to watch. Saw two baby giraffes(with Mom or Dad hiding in the near by trees). Lots of springboks, saw the lazy lions and then the cheetahs. After almost three hours in the Reserve, we came back in for drinks and dinner which was excellent. Up early the next morning for a quick cup of coffee, then back out into the Reserve. Followed the elephants to their breakfast site, as well as seeing the rhinos, lions, giraffes, elands, ostriches, Only one of the Big 5 that we did not see was the leopard. After a good breakfast, it was time to check out and head back to Cape Town.
I would definitely recommend Inverdoorn if you only have an overnight to spend for this activity. The staff was excellent.

Thank retaxus
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

After visiting Cape Town for last 6 years we have finally decided to go on safari. We did not want to travel too far from Cape Town and after doing some research we decided to go for Inverdoorn. As it was our first time we wanted to spoil ourselves and went for 5* Ambassador Suite. And we were not dissapointed! The suite was stunningly furnished with a huge bathroom. Having a private 4x4 and our own guide made all safari experience just perfect. The knowladge of our guide was unbelievable! Not only we saw everything we wanted but we also learnt a lot about the animals. Even though we managed to see most of the big 5 on the first day, we trully enjoyed ( and preffered) morning safari. It was just magical! Private breakfast on our terrace completed our adventure!
It was worth every penny! Don't be put off by it not being a real safari as it is a game reserve. The benefit is that you are more less guaranted to see everything you want wherelse on proper safari you could be dissapoitned and all experience could easily become tiring. The guide made it all exciting and memorable. Highly recommended!

Thank Sam K
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We stayed at the Inverdoorn Game Reserve for one night in late-January as part of a two-week holiday to Cape Town. I was really impressed with the organisation and we managed to see all the animals (including the big 5) over two safaris (one evening and one morning safari). The accommodation was good, clean with really effective air con.

In terms of the safari, they were approximately 2 hours long each. Our ranger (Andrew) was excellent - really informative and you could see how passionate he was about his field. The morning safari also offered the opportunity to get out of the jeep and walk with the giraffes - great experience.

The only real downer, was the food which I would describe as average and drinks were pretty expensive. However, it probably met my expectations for this type of reserve.

Overall though, thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would recommend a short trip such as ours to anyone interested in seeing all the animals associated to South Africa.

Couple of points for people should be aware of:

All advertising suggests the park is 2.5 hours away from Cape Town. I would say this is optimistic and is closer to 3-3.5.
There are also 20km of dirt track to travel down before you reach Inverdoorn, just something to bear in mind if, like us, you don't have a particularly suitable car for that type of road!

1  Thank Rob W
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