The tour itself is two parts -- the 2.5 to 3 hour one-way drive from Cape Town is provided by a tour company in my case, it was Shark and Safari. The scenery is stunning -- do yourself a favor and stay awake to see it keep an eye out and you may see wild baboons. Once you arrive at Inverdoorn, the staff there take over, and once you're finished with your safari, your original driver will transport you back to Cape Town.
Now, about Inverdoorn. Please set your expectations accordingly. No, this is not a wild safari. However, this is a fantastic way to see African wildlife in a natural setting without trekking to far-off corners of the continent and having to endure the risk of malaria. Inverdoorn is a very large malaria-free fenced game reserve that did NOT feel like a zoo in any way. Their primary purpose is rescue, conservation, and breeding. It's obvious the staff care very much for the animals and believe in their preservation efforts.
The game drive is approx 2.5 hours in an open-air Land Rover with a cover for shade that holds 16 people plus the driver. Beware if you're very tall, you should request the front row or the very front passenger seat, as the other rows have very limited legroom. We saw the lions which are in a separate enclosure - they'll explain why, then in the main enclosure we saw white rhinos, giraffes, bonte bok antelope, Cape buffalo, zebras, gnus wildebeest, elephants, and the one cheetah. We also saw more cheetah in the separate rehabilitation enclosure they'll explain why they're there. Essentially we saw all the major animals except the hippos and oryx -- so it's not like everything is right there and guaranteed to be seen, it's the guide's job to try and find as many animals as they can for you.
The buffet lunch afterward was lovely and very adequate. Note you'll need to pay for your drinks on your own except for the 'welcome drink' when you arrive.
Overall a great experience!
Fabulous everything it promised
It was a great day for a safari. This is good for first timers and people with kids. The ride out there is long so it's good for a nap! Lol. The scenery is just incredible if you don't want to sleep.
We did see some animals but this is not really a wild safari, more like a rehabilitation for animals.
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