My husband and my parents went to this place only yesterday. We loved it. I’ll start from the top anyway.
We drove from Cape Town in a hire... read more car. It’s a scenic drive and takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. One thing to note is that some of the roads are pretty much stones so drive carefully. This is pretty much after the mountains near Ceres.
We arrived late due to some traffic and got there at about 1.30. Check was really smooth and we had lunch which was buffet style but really nice. You have until about 4.30/5 until your first safari. During this time you can use the facilities. As we stayed over we got to use the pool. We stayed on the lodges which were excellently air conditioned and were nicely decorated. Word to the wise, bring mosquito repellent as you will be bitten even if you are not normally the feast of choice.
Our driver was Antonio. Really nice chap. Clearly cares about his role at the reserve and took us to see (in no particular order) oryxes, springbok, a rhino, cheetahs (really good as we were not expecting to see them) zebras, hippos and ostriches. This lasts about 2 hours. To make it clear the animals roam about but they are in separate areas of the reserve. He explains why as he goes through the trip and also make clear that it isn’t a zoo. But it isn’t a safari as you might get in Kenya.
Evening we went for dinner. It went down well with the family. That was about 8 and then pretty much lights out as you are up at 6 for the morning for the morning safari.
Morning was probably my favourite part. Lions, wilderbeast, elephants, giraffes and buffalo. It was lovely! We got back about 8.30 and had a buffet breakfast. Freshened up and were out for 10.
As this is the closest I’ll ever get to a proper safari I loved it. I have read reviews and I think if you expect real life David Attenborough where animals attack each other and fight to the death etc.. then this isn’t the place. If you want to see animals in their natural habitat and are in the process of being rehabilitate (some not all though) then give this place a whirl.
Drinks are extra but not massively expensive. You can take your own wine and with a R60 corkage charge. Staff are lovely. I would recommend it.
We fond the place very beautiful, BUT, it is not luxurious, there is very little animals inside the reserve. 3 giraffes, 2 elephants, 3 rinocerontes... zebras and really expensive prices... read more for what you get. THERE IS NO LIONS ON THIS RESERVE. Very disappointed. It is clean, but the place is soooo far way for any hospital. One accident means that you will maybe die before get rescue. I saw a accident and The staff was completely lost to give first help. Also it is 14km from the road. The view of the savana is very beautiful, but I can imagine that booking a game you want to see the animals...
I spent three nights at Inverdoorn last week, and have a wealth of memories, and some great photos, to treasure. The reserve is remote, on a plane surrounded by mountains... read more that change through purples and oranges with the light. I saw so many animals. There is nothing to rival the peace of sitting quietly in a jeep, watching a giraffe or a rhino, or any of the other creatures. The sounds of birds, the elephant snorting, no need to talk. Antonio, the ranger, is incredibly knowledgeable and clearly loves the area and the creatures who inhabit it. He can also spot animals I would have missed, such as a tiny rabbit that’s critically endangered and very beautiful. Springbok, oryx, buffalo and kudu roam the plane, adding to the excitement on being close to lions and hippo. Seeing a cheetah accelerate to amazing speeds is breathtaking. I can’t recommend Inverdoorn highly. enough. Many of the animals have been rescued, and they have two elephants, two lions and three rhinos, not huge herds. But that doesn’t matter. These animals range over huge distances and live their lives in a place that cares, and offers visitors a truly unforgettable stay. The food is fabulous too! And my room was nice. All the staff are friendly and helpful. All in all, it’s wonderful. Thanks Inverdoorn!
Our second one day safari was to the Inverdoorn Nature Reserve. It was an early go. We stopped for breakfast outside Ceres at a small family run restaurant.... read more And then it was out to Inverdoorn. Once we had signed entry waivers, we entered Inverdoorn. We then went out onto the range in a vehicle with about nine people. We saw four of the big five: (2) lions, rhinos, (2) elephants, and a herd of Cape buffalo. The Cape buffalo were the most watched by the tour guide. We stayed a fair distance away from them. At one spot, we came upon a herd of rhinos with zebras. There is a large size difference between the two animals. You must see them together to really appreciate the size difference. We also saw some giraffe and a number of different types of antelope. Once we returned to the safe area, we had lunch. There is a nice gift shop there to buy items. There are cottages for those who want to spend the night in a wildlife park.
Firstly , google is incorrect about its location. It is not in Ceres but 60km north east of it so it takes 2 hours from Franschhoek and not the 1hr... read more and 15 that google says it does.
See black dot on map on pictures below.
They do safaris at dawn, 1030,130 and sunset.
Keep in mind that this is a big zoo where they fee the animals and they are in an enclosed area but it’s hectares in size and they can freely roam compared to your standard zoo!
Avoid the 1330 as hot and animals then to stay away.
Lunch was provided and surprisingly good.
The area itself is like a nice glamping area with couple of tents and cottages around to stay over.
We had Antonio, we had a sand storm(light one) and got stuck on the road which took 20mins to sort.
His description was good of the various animals.
After that it got better as we saw African wild buffalo, zebras, onyx, elephants, lions.
A good experience for a safari but this is not a wild life experience in national parks such as Kruger etc.
I was not sure what to expect as Inverdoorn is quite literally in the middle of nowhere! And I'd never heard of it before.
But wow! Our cottage... read more was modern. It had aircon, a Nespresso machine...the feel on the inside was modern, while from the outside it looks wonderfully rustic.
The game drives were fantastic and the guides were knowledgeable. We saw many animals up close including a cheetah run and feeding time.
The sunsets were beyond description and the sunrise was worth waking up at 4am to see. I just felt completely relaxed and reconnected with nature. The moonlight swim was magical.
It is off the beaten track which means it is wonderfully peaceful and relaxing and it's not too far from Cape Town. Definitely worth another visit....in fact, we considered staying another night!!
Just the driving to the the reserve gives you great sightseeing, once you get there the staff always give you a smile and help all the time. The Safari ride... read more together with the ranger's explanation is something that rounds in a great experience.
I am going to start with the positives. The tranquility and wide open spaces are a joy to be in. The staff at the Lodge were super. Sadly, this is... read more where it ends. We were booked for 2 nights which includes 4 game drives.
Our first game drive our Ranger remarked that we really saw all the animals. I thought she was joking, she was not. There are a limited amount , they are all given supplementary food and fresh water as they are not able to survive in this environment. The only natives to the area are the Oribi. They have specially adapted stomachs to survive.
The only 2 lions are rescue animals. They cannot hunt, they are fed. The only 2 elephants are also rescued.
Sadly after our first 2 game drives , a new group of tourists arrived for the night and our afternoon drive, we got taken back to the same animals and got told the story of their lives again. It would have been slightly better to get taken back to these animals with a group who had also seen them before, and just appreciate them in silence , this is where the ranger had no choice as management had decided otherwise.
For any tourists that think that this is what a safari in a game park is, I would be embarrassed that they went away believing so. It is a big zoo and a retirement park to the animals that are kept there