A Big 5 Game Reserve 2.5 Hours From Cape Town
Placing emphasis on conservation and wildlife rehabilitation 

The beautiful city of Cape Town is one of South Africa’s biggest and most popular cities and the gateway to an excellent safari destination. Just two and a half hours from the bustling city lies Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge, the largest game reserve in the region.

With an abundance of wild animals, including the Big 5, Inverdoorn is the natural choice for discerning travellers seeking a unique safari experience that places emphasis on conservation and the rehabilitation of wildlife. Being so close to Cape Town, the game reserve is easily accessed via clearly marked roads that meander through mountain passes and winelands.

Big Five Wilderness Experience


Inverdoorn is the only game reserve close to Cape Town that offers intimate encounters with tame cheetahs*. The cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre has been central to the game reserve’s success and growth over the last ten years and is currently home to 14 cheetahs. The centre is dedicated to protecting the species, which is one of the most vulnerable big cats in Africa.

The fastest land animal on Earth, the cheetah is notoriously difficult to breed in captivity; but the staff work tirelessly to create the optimal environment in which the cheetahs can thrive and, to date, two cheetahs have been born at the centre. Visiting the site is a special addition to your safari experience and unique to Inverdoorn – and all of this merely a stone’s throw away from Cape Town.


With two rescued elephants introduced in 2012 and two cheetahs from the rescue and rehabilitation centre released in 2013, the reserve is thriving. Inverdoorn has achieved its conservation aims of reintroducing endemic species back into the region and allowing them to roam free as nature intended. The team continues to work determinedly to rescue more animals and release the other cheetahs too.


The game reserve and cheetah centre is located in the beautiful Ceres Karoo, a region teeming with life of all forms. A large variety of endemic plant species, including a plethora of succulents, capture the imagination with their intriguing shapes and evolutionary adaptations, making the Karoo worth a closer and more intimate look.

The road to this amazing region will see travellers hit Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. En route to the safari lodge, or back to Cape Town, are a number of secluded pit stops where you can enjoy the best local produce the region has to offer.

Through luxury accommodation, thrilling game drives and an amazing experience with cheetahs, we strive to make your safari adventure a memorable one. Within easy travelling distance from the city, Inverdoorn is a must on your holiday to Cape Town.


*Cheetah interactions are subject to the right weather conditions and booking.

If you’re travelling to the game reserve with children under the age of 16, for their safety, they will not be able join you when interacting with the cheetah.

Babysitting services are available if required.

Explore the largest game reserve in this region

Discover the Big Five and many more wildlife

Experience living in luxury, witness the Big Five and interact with tamed cheetahs.