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Weenen Game Reserve

Afrikaans name: Weenen Natuurreservaat

Giraffe are very common in the bushveld areas of Weenen Game Reserve

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Weenen Game Reserve is situated 8 km from the town of Weenen and approximately 30 km from Estcourt. It is 6,500 ha in size and was established in 1975.

The main habitat is thornveld but there are large areas of savanna grasslands as well. The area is quite hilly in places.

Accommodation is quite limited in the game reserve but there is a basic campsite at the entrance gate and one cottage in the middle of the reserve.

The road network consists of about 30 km of dirt roads.

A number of species of mammals are found in the reserve including Black and White Rhinos, Red Hartebeest, Giraffe, Burchell's Zebra, Kudu, Warthog and Reedbuck. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve.

Although one must stay in ones car while driving around Weenen Game Reserve there are two picnic sites and two short walking trails.

Weenen Game Reserve is administered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Hopefully you have a better view of White Rhino than this one!

Photo © Steven Herbert

Weenen Game Reserve - savanna

Photo © Steven Herbert

Weenen Game Reserve has a mix of savanna and hilly bushveld areas. Both offer some beautiful scenery.

Weenen Game Reserve - bushveld covers the hills

Photo © Steven Herbert

Some things to look for

African Black Duck

Crested Barbet

Malachite Kingfisher

Speckled Mousebird

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Blacksmith Lapwing

Fork-tailed Drongo

Chinspot Batis

Fiscal Flycatcher

Black-backed Jackal

Black Rhino

White Rhino

White Rhino

Burchell's Zebra



Red Hartebeest




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