This 6 500-hectare reserve is one of the few formally protected stretches of valley bushveld in the country. It is well known for its sightings of both White and Black Rhino, while another special animal to be seen here is the rare Roan antelope. Other wildlife in the Weenen Reserve include Giraffe, Hyaena, Jackal, Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Steenbok and Porcupine. Birding is also good, with 279 recorded species. This excellent reserve lies at the core conservation area of the Thukela Biosphere and conforms to international criteria laid down for biospheres by UNESCO. Weenen offers a variety of activities such as night drives, guided and self-guided walks. Well-placed water holes guarantee good game viewing. Visitors can also drive their own vehicles on the 47 kilometres of road to enjoy game viewing at its best. Weenen is one of the few reserves in the province offering a four-wheel-drive trail. However, some of the four-wheel-drive trails in the surrounding biosphere are perhaps more rugged and challenging. Accommodation is offered in a tented camp or a cottage, but most people enjoy the small but enchanting campsite near the entrance where caravans are also welcome. For those interested in Zulu crafts, there is a craft centre just outside the reserve that is very well known for its clay pots.
Weenen Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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