Inverdoorn has two unrelated baby rhinos that were rescued after poachers killed their parents. They are kept in a large pen that was right in front of our room, so Sarah grew quite attached to them in 24 hours. There are also 3 adult rhinos who roam the game reserve.
|Sarah can make any baby animal smile|
|Apparently it’s not only dogs that like to smell each other…..|
|This is one tired rhino puppy|
|Buntu and Lafinia are the best of friends|
|Two of three adult rhinos, all unrelated to Buntu and Lafinia|
Inverdoorn has many other types of African animals, but only 3 lions and 2 elephants. It is not a full African safari experience, which we knew ahead of time. There are not large herds of indigenous animals, and some of them need to have their diets supplemented. A complete safari experience, at a place like Kruger National Park, would involve exposure to larger numbers of all of The Big Five: lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and water buffalo.
|“Do these idiots realize I could eat them in a nanosecond?”|
|“This game reserve is filling me with ennui…..”|
|The larger, one-horned elephant is retired from the TV show “Mr. Bones”|
However, we think the work Inverdoorn is doing with cheetahs, baby rhinos and other animals is definitely worthwhile. And the animals have 10,000 hectares (~ 25,000 acres = 40 square miles) of interesting desert terrain to roam around on the reserve.
Below are our favorite photos of the other animals on the reserve:
|The Cape Water Buffalo is reputedly the fiercest of The Big Five|
|The water buffalo enjoy the desert sand|
|Male kudu having an early morning snack|
|Impala and lechwe, living together in perfect harmony….|
|It’s strange but true that these hippos can outrun Usain Bolt|
|This herd of eland has adopted a lone zebra|
|The beloved springbok is the nickname for the national rugby team|
The main compound, rooms, food, service and environmental knowledge of the staff at Inverdoorn were all first class.
|The front of our luxury chalet at Inverdoorn|
|On our roof at dusk on Day 1|
We always find desert scenery to be spectacular, particularly at sunrise and sunset when the game drives take place.
|Sunrise over breakfast area before Day 2 game drive|
|Sarah on the first game drive in late afternoon|
|It looks a bit like Ayers Rock in the distance|
|The greener plants are milkweed, not good for animals or humans|
|The desert flora look magical in the early morning light|
Inverdoorn is a destination we would definitely recommend to others.