Weenen game reserve

Zebras in Weenen Game Reserve

Weenen Game Reserve

White Rhino in Weenen Game ReseveWeenen Game Reserve was reserve was proclaimed in 1974. The distant blue hills and undulating thornveld valleys of KwaZulu-Natal make a superb backdrop making Weenen Game Reserve one of the most scenic game reserves in South Africa. With the Bushmans River flowing through a spectacular gorge in the reserve, Weenen’s excellent road system and walking trails, visitors have many scenic and game viewing opportunities as they walk or drive around the reserve. Both black and white rhino have been introduced.


Game viewing in Weenen Game ReserveThere are 30km of tourist roads avaialble for visitors to view a wide variety of game.  Species include both black and white rhino, giraffe, kudu, hartebeest, eland, zebra, ostrich and common reedbuck.  Species such as grey duiker, bushbuck, steenbuck, blakc-backed jackal, hyeana and mountain reedbuck have recolonised in the area on their own.  Approximately 250 species of birds have been recorded in the area.  A game viewing hide is available at one of the many waterholes in the reserve.  Many species of mammals and a variety of water fowl can be viewed from here.


view from picnic spot in Weenen Game reserveThree picnic sites have been established.  All sites have braai (barbeque) facilities.  One of the sites overlooks the Bushman’s River valley. There is not much available to purchase in Weenen so stock up with you picnic supplies as you pass through Estcourt

Self-guided trails

  • The iMpofu Trail (2km) starts at the campsite and leads through an area of open savannah thronveld, past a small dam to a rocky area overlooking a section of the reserve;
  • The Beacon View Trail (3km) leads from Umbunizini picnic site in the direction of Weenen towards a beacon point which commands a magnificent view of both the reserve and the farmlands of the Weenen valley;
  • The reserve also offers a self-guided auto trails for which a brochure may be obtained at the gate.  There is also a 4×4 self-drive trail available.