The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Weenen Game Reserve

Afrikaans name: Weenen Natuurreservaat

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

Giraffe in Weenen Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert


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.

Estcourt accommodation

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.

What great sightings have you had at Weenen Game Reserve?

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

Mammals of Weenen Game Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Black Rhino

Burchell's Zebra


Cape Buffalo

Cape Fox

Common Duiker




Mountain Reedbuck

Red Hartebeest


Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare



Striped Polecat

White Rhino

References and further reading

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 84

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 147

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 142

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 88

Stuarts Field Guide to National Parks & Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd ed - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Published: 2018 - Page: 75

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 271

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Published: 1995 - Page: 73

Wild Issue 23 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 72


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