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The distant blue hills and undulating thornveld valleys of KwaZulu-Natal make a superb backdrop for the scenic Weenen Game Reserve. 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 since the 5 000 ha reserve was proclaimed in 1974.
Other re-introduced game includes:
- red hartebeest,
- ostrich and common reedbuck.
Other species which have recolonised the area included grey duiker, bushbuck, steenbuck, black-backed jackal, hyaena and mountain reedbuck. These and the more than 251 bird species, the scenic landscape and the rich valley bushveld vegetation contribute to Weenen's growing reputation as a small but superbly appointed wildlife destination accessible for both day and over-night visitors.
Amenities include a game viewing hide at one of the many waterholes, a vulture feeding site and three picnic sites all equipped with barbecue facilities, one with a magnificent view site. The reserve has three self-guided trails, and guided walks can also be booked. Accommodation consists of a well appointed campground with 12 camping or caravanning sites, seven of which have electricity connections, hot and cold water ablution facilities.
There is also a fully equipped self contained 5 bed cottage with barbecue facilities and an exclusive picnic site next to a waterhole. The Nyandu Enviromental Tented Camp is situated in a pristine valley alongside the banks of the Nyandu river in the western section of the reserve. Sited under a canopy of acacia trees the camp can accommodate 20 adults or 30 children. A kitchen tent has cooking and washing up facilities as well as a freezer.