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Reviewed 15 April 2017

We booked our experience through African Budget Safari. We travelled to the Park with African Eagle Tours, around 2.5 hours each way - both excellent drivers and comfortable mini van.

We stayed overnight in the luxury chalets at Inverdoorn Lodge and therefore had included: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 game drives and a cheetah encounter.

The rooms were lovely with a private pool area and views of the Karoo and an ostrich farm. The chalets were spacious and comfortable with enormous bathrooms. The food was good, especially breakfast and we were offered snacks regularly.

The game drives were excellent and informative, as it is a Private Reserve rather than a National Park, the animals are set up slightly differently. The cheetahs and lions have been rescued and therefore are separated for rehabilitation from the other part of the reserve. An interesting insight into animal conservation. It means that you are guaranteed to see them but not fully in the wild. We only had a couple of days to fit in a safari so this was the best option near to Cape Town to us, ideally time and money allowing you would visit Kruger National Park near JoBurg.

The downside to the experience was the disorganisation of the Inverdoorn Lodge. Everybody told us different information as to timings for meals, itinerary for the 2 days and where to go for meals etc. It wasn't too hard to find somebody to ask but just didn't fill you with confidence in the staffs knowledge and Inverdoorns runnings. Particular as we paid quite a lot for the luxury chalet we would have preferred time in the lodge to be more relaxing - instead we nearly missed meals etc by waiting in the wrong place at the wrong time, in addition to this nearly everything runs late meaning you cannot count on things being on time.

The cheetah encounter was an interesting experience, the conservationists walked with the cheetah on a lead and informed you of her background and need for rehab, then we got the chance to stroke her. Something you could never do with a completely wild animal.

Overall a great experience and an eye opener to the difference between Private and National Parks.

Room Tip: The luxury rooms were spacious but not necessary.
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Inverdoorn, Marketing at Inverdoorn Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear beachbrums,

Thank you for the feedback. It is always a pleasure to share our reserve and conservation efforts with passionate people. We do put the conservation of our animals first and focus on their well-being. That does differentiate us from the traditional parks - but we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay.

Hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards,
Marketing Team.

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Reviewed 8 April 2017

What a fantastic time we had at Inverdoorn. We went on two "safari" rides and saw an amazing number of wildlife. The highlight was the Cheetah Encounter where we were able to spend time with and pet one of the Cheetah's being rehabilitated here. Our room was big, comfortable, and had everything we needed - including fast wifi even though this is a very remote location. Food in the restaurant is delicious and plentiful. Everything was clean and very well kept up. I highly recommend Inverdoorn.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Inverdoorn, Marketing at Inverdoorn Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear Dalmar31,

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your trip with us. I hope you got some great photos with our beautiful cheetah - I know how photogenic they are!

Hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards,
Marketing Team

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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Inverdoorn Game Reserve is about 2.5hrs drive from Cape Town In quite a dry and barren area. However, arrival at the accommodation shows there oases even in the remotest places. The luxury chalet we had booked was clean, tidy and well presented. We were welcomed with a complimentary drink under a tented area by friendly staff and shortly after settling in to our rooms provided with a good quality lunch. There is a pool to lounge around and we then had our evening game drive. This is in a very large fenced area with the game animals separate from the predatory ones. All of the animals are rescued and it is primarily a cheetah rehabilitation centre. As such it is not a wholly natural environment, but the area is vast and it is as close as you'll get to it without placing magnificent animals behind bars or walls. The staff were knowledgeable about the animals and had a genuine concern for their wellbeing. On return to the accommodation an excellent evening meal was presented. The morning game drive was an early start but worth it. and then breakfast prior to leaving. There are other tour options such as walking with cheetahs or day trips, but this was my 2nd time here doing the 2-drive, overnight stay package which I would recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Inverdoorn, Marketing at Inverdoorn Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear Colin D,

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Inverdoorn. It seems that you made the best out of everything the lodge and reserve have to offer!

We hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards,
Marketing Team.

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

unfortunately it is more like a zoo 3 lions 2 elephants 2 hippos 3 rhino's and they are fed, they are however in a wild environment. If this interests you then I would suggest a day trip rather than staying at the lodge it is very expensive and not good for either service or food, if you choose to stay please not there is no phone signal and the wifi very poor.To there credit they are very committed to the conservation of animals especially the chaeta's and the game rangers are totally committed, and the area would not be possible to sustain many more animals.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

This is a game reserve, which means the animals are enclosed (they have 100hectares, TONNES of space to be "free" many of the animals here had been saved from unfortunate situations. This is the kind of safari for an animal lover like myself. Our guide was absolutely fantastic & passed on so much information. We saw a lot of different animals, but lions were unfortunatly hiding in the shade, just saw them from afar.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Victoria E
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Inverdoorn, Public Relations Manager at Inverdoorn Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Hi Victoria!

Thank you so much for penning a few lovely words about your experience at the reserve. We are over the moon that you guys had such a wonderful time and it means a lot coming from someone who understands the plight of these magnificent creatures. All of the very best for your future adventures.

Kind Regards & Many Thanks,

The Inverdoorn Marketing Team

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