Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve
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A boutique safari lodge situated 2.5 hours from Cape Town offering tranquil overnight safari stays in a variety of accommodation types.
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  • Sandi V
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience of a lifetime.
    We used the transportation available (for a fee) from our hotel in Cape Town. Our driver was wonderful. It is a 2 1/2 hour ride, so we stopped about half way at a rest stop. The last portion of the ride is on unpaved roads. Our driver warned us and did his best to avoid the big bumps. Upon arrival, staff transferred our bags to the Safari vehicle. We were welcomed at the office and invited to relax and grab a bottle of water while we waited for our ranger to take bus to the tented camp. The tented camp is the way to go. 3 tents sleeping 2 each ( king bed). We were very well cared for. 3 meals /daily prepared by the chef, one server around the fire, the rest served on the porch of our tents. 2 game drives/daily 7am and 5pm. Housekeeping was in while we were away on drives. Morning refresh and evening turn down. It gets chilly after sunset. Housekeeping turned on the electric bed warmers. Our ranger was fantastic! She had a plan every time we went out. She always had a good idea of where we would find the animals. We saw lions,ostrich, water buffalo, hippos, rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, spring buck. There was some unplanned time in the afternoon which was relaxing. The tented camp has a small pool and an area to relax with large umbrellas. The stays are all inclusive ( full board). We paid a little extra for bottles of wine. There was a small minibar- beers, cider, water, pringles, KitKats. Glenn(chef) Wilmarie(housekeeper), Cherene (ranger) worked together like a well oiled machine. Highly recommend.
    Thank you for your recommendation and thoughtful, personal review.
    Written May 17, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Jorge M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and unique experience
    I don’t understand the bad reviews about this place! We stayed one night with my girlfriend and we had a great and amazing experience. The place is stunning, amazing landscapes and concept is unique. Customer service is top. The stuff is very gentil and servicial. Always looking after small details. The food was great, even my partner is pregnant they prepared special food for for her. Highly recommended, if you want to stay for a few days relax while enjoying nature and animal sightseeing. We had a great stay, thank you! We will definitely come back!
    Thank you for your lovely review and for your recommendations. It was wonderful to host you and we look forward to your return!
    Written October 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • NaomiRGreen
    Bordon, United Kingdom209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Idyllic so close to Cape Town
    Following a recommendation from a friend we booked two nights in the Ambassador Suite. We had a great time, you couldn’t help but relax as you walked through the door. Game drives with Johannes were the particular highlight, he was extremely knowledgeable, caring and accommodating remembering the things we were interested in and making sure we got full enjoyment from our experience. We learnt so much from him and laughed plenty too. There were a couple of tiny issues we raised and the team went above and beyond to resolve them for us. We would absolutely return, it’s such a bonus it’s easily drivable from Cape Town so no need to fly off.
    We were thrilled to read your review - the antire team thanks you.
    Written January 4, 2024
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    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Malcolm D
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s brilliant, just do it....!
    OK, so travelling the last few miles from Cape Town, a few doubts might just creep in. No phone signal, no tarmac, we wondered…. But, boy, were we wrong. It’s literally an oasis - surrounded on all sides by spectacular mountains, with huge, clear skies and a delightful set up. Amazing, attentive staff, lovely rooms (go large!), great food (wine too) - all this before we even mention the wildlife. ‘Guaranteed’ to see the big 5 was a big promise, delivered with ease. We saw them on every trip, led by our brilliant, sympathetic driver (Prosper) who knows and loves the place in equal measures. A delightful 2 days I’d recommend to anyone, hand on heart.
    You write so descriptively! Thank you for your recommendation and warm words.
    Written January 4, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Global20358075013
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A new benchmark in company of high precedents
    Inverdoon challenges (and indeed exceeds) international precedents with their charismatic hospitality and peace. It is such a privilege to watch a conservation effort come together so beautifully, and meticulous attention paid to guest satisfaction and peace of mind (and actual quiet - the likes of which you'll scarcely believe). Certainly, by far and away, the premier game reserve experience of South Africa, and an absolute return-destination, as I'm confident all guests would agree. My humble gratitude for the experience!
    We are humbled by your kind words and observations. Thank you!
    Written January 4, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Susana M
    Menlo Park, California5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Time
    Just a few hours out of CapeTown, this is the perfect mini-safari experience for those short on time. We went as a group of 3 and had a wonderful time. A special shout out to Arshlee, our guide. He was fun, personable and really wanted to give you a good experience. Spent the extra time looking for the animals. We paid extra for the Cheetah Experience and it was well worth it. The caretaker is really lovely and we got to see the Cheetahs up close. The star gazing was included, although the particular evening we went, seemed like our guide was a bit frustrated with group not paying attention to her lesson. Everyone is tired at the end of the day, guests and guides alike, so perhaps a more chill approach would be more appropriate. I had a wonderful in-room massage, the food was lovely and anything you requested from staff would be accommodated. I do wish they had a morning coffee bar in the lobby for those skipping morning game drives but would def reccomend and come back.
    Thank you for your lovely review and feedback. We do look forward to your return, Susana!
    Written January 4, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Geoffrey T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    December 2023
    Big shout out to Ashlee Nyoni who was our wildlife guide for two outings into the bush, a truly professional and knowledgeable teacher and lover of animals. We saw all of the best animals in the reserve and I was the luckiest to see for the first time, and to point out to him, the first ever sighting of a newborn baby hippo, December 16, 2023. I shall celebrate it's birthday every year! Inverdoorn was a great experience and I would recommend it for anyone with just a short time to go into the wild...
    How magical! What an indelible experience. Thank you for your recommendation and warm words.
    Written January 4, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Jessica
    Island of Malta, Malta19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional stay
    Absolutely enchanting safari experience! The lodge seamlessly blends luxury with the untamed beauty of the wild. Our expert guide, Shanay, showed us an array of wildlife, ensuring each game drive is a breathtaking adventure. Accommodations are not only comfortable but also provide an authentic connection to nature. Exceptional service, delectable cuisine, and sunset views that will leave you in awe. Worth every penny for an unforgettable safari getaway.
    Thank you for your warm review. We could not be happier that you had an 'unforgettable safari getaway'!
    Written January 30, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
  • arsenalfan2015
    Toronto, Canada8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing safari experience!!
    An amazing safari and a wonderful stay. Excellent staff, superior rooms, wonderful surroundings and terrific safari guide. Shannae was such a great guide/ranger!! We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this for an overnight stay and safari. We saw sooo many animals, very close. Excellent value for the experience!!
    Thank you for your review! We love reading that our guests viewed so much wildlife in during their time with us. All of us at Inverdoorn thank you for your recommendation, and hope you'll visit us again soon.
    Written February 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2024
  • Katie
    Palatine, Illinois13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful animal experience
    We absolutely loved it there. We mixed up our reservations and the manager Storm was extremely accommodating to get us a room. The resort is beautiful, peaceful, and the views are unbelievable The staff is excellent- friendly and very helpful. The rangers that took us on the game drives were very knowledgeable about the area, vegetation and animals I can’t say enough about the resort!
    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your positive 5-star review, and are immensely happy that you enjoyed your safari with us!
    Written February 13, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
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Natasha_90
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Thank you for such an amazing experience! Nashlee our ranger was great! Special thanks to him as he knew how much I wanted to see a Giraffe. The staff were incredibly helpful from check in to check out. 100% would definitely recommend this to family and friends!
Written April 15, 2024
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GSTraveller200
San Diego, CA79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We spent two days at Inverdoorn in one of their “ambassador suites” and went on 4 game drives over 2 days. We had a good time on the first day as everything was new and fresh and were able to see all of their “big 5” animals Our driver/ranger Kevin provided good explanations of what we were seeing.

Where the resort fell down for us was in the food department. Eating off a buffet for two days (6 meals in total) was just okay. The other is that 1 day is really sufficient to see what Inverdoorn has on display.
Written April 6, 2024
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Amber D
Croydon, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had a fabulous two night stay at Inverdoorn. The location and scenery is stunning, we saw so many animals (4 of the Big 5) plus many others.
The food provided was buffet style for breakfast, lunch and dinner with tasty options to choose from including some local dishes. Our ranger Arshlee was amazing. He was so friendly and funny and knowledgeable about the area and animals. He went above and beyond for us to ensure we got the best shots of the animals and got as close as possible whilst still being safe.
The itinerary is tailored for a one night stay with welcome lunch, evening game drive, dinner then an early morning game drive before departure. So for two nights we repeated this schedule however this meant we had time to relax at the pool, get a couples massage and see even more animals. Overall an incredible stay and a beautiful holiday!
Written March 18, 2024
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Thank you for your warm and wonderful review! We couldn't be happier to read about your safari with us, and are thrilled beyond words that you enjoyed yourselves!
Written March 20, 2024
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Justine Mather
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a great place to do a safari when staying in Cape Town. The whole thing from the transfer to the game drives was brilliant. Our ranger was so knowledgeable and the staff at the lodge were all so lovely. A number of the animals have been rescued from various situations and the team are slowly introducing them to the reserve and helping them to become wild again. I cannot fault this experience and cannot wait to return!
Written February 19, 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review. We hope you'll return for an overnight safari soon!
Written February 29, 2024
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emw
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What a wonderful place! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the game drives, food, accomodation and staff were all fab! In particular, our guide, Arshlee was brilliant! He is warm hearted, humorous and a wealth of knowledge who made sure we had a great experience. Arshlee is also the guide who does the night time star experience - so interesting! Arshlee made us feel very safe and ensured we saw 4 of the Big 5 at close quarters as well as so many other animals. Would highly recommend this game reserve.
Written February 16, 2024
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Thank you for your kind words and wonderfully warm review!
Written February 29, 2024
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Julian B
Gibraltar12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Our first safari and we really enjoyed it. The food was delicious, home cooked and healthy, the resort was beautiful and relaxing. A nice distance away from the city hustle and bustle. The morning and evening game drives are great. We got to see a load of animals on each drive.
The lions are kept separate at the moment as they are waiting for the ostrich population to grow before they are released into the main reserve. But that way you get to find them easily and take great photos.
They have a special area for rescued cheetahs that they are preparing to hunt so they can be released too.
You get to see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, rhinos, hippos, lions, ostriches, wildebeest, antelopes, springboks and more.
The night time star viewing is spectacular. Recommend it.
The staff are lovely and very helpful.
Overall we loved it and recommend as a first time safari. Perhaps if you have done other safaris it’s not as big an area and maybe not for you.
Written February 15, 2024
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Thank you for your informative review! Your time with us sounded wonderful - and you certainly saw an abundance of wildlife. Thank you for your recommendation!
Written February 29, 2024
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Katie
Palatine, IL13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We absolutely loved it there. We mixed up our reservations and the manager Storm was extremely accommodating to get us a room.
The resort is beautiful, peaceful, and the views are unbelievable
The staff is excellent- friendly and very helpful.
The rangers that took us on the game drives were very knowledgeable about the area, vegetation and animals
I can’t say enough about the resort!
Written February 8, 2024
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Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your positive 5-star review, and are immensely happy that you enjoyed your safari with us!
Written February 14, 2024
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dms19642015
Cape Town Central, South Africa16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Inverdoorn offers great game viewing, beautiful big blue Karroo skies, good food and friendly, warm hospitality.
Our game range, Arshlee was amazing - his incredible eyesight, depth and breadth of knowledge and positive energy made for four fantastic game drives.
Written February 5, 2024
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Thank you for leaving this lovely review of your experience. We are so happy to read that your game drives were memorable!
Written February 8, 2024
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arsenalfan2015
Toronto, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
An amazing safari and a wonderful stay. Excellent staff, superior rooms, wonderful surroundings and terrific safari guide. Shannae was such a great guide/ranger!! We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this for an overnight stay and safari. We saw sooo many animals, very close. Excellent value for the experience!!
Written February 1, 2024
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Thank you for your review! We love reading that our guests viewed so much wildlife in during their time with us. All of us at Inverdoorn thank you for your recommendation, and hope you'll visit us again soon.
Written February 8, 2024
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steve
Reading, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great staff everyone was very friendly, approachable and couldn’t do enough for us. We had the most exceptional game warden named Mr Zulu his knowledge was invaluable and his ability to spot the animals that we couldn’t even see with binoculars was a game in itself.
Written January 25, 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review!
Written January 31, 2024
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