Inanda Dam and Weenen Game Reserve: two small KZN parks well worth visiting

Posted on 11 February 2015

Grand names dominate the KwaZulu-Natal nature scene. Hluhluwe, iSimangaliso, Ithala, Phinda – these parks take priority on most bush-lovers’ lists. And for good reason: when it comes to big game in the garden province, they’re unmatched. But that doesn’t mean they’re all that’s out there.


With the morning sun rising over Durban’s golden shores, Justin Fox hit the N3 heading inland in search of the smaller, two-wheel-drive-friendly nature escapes that slip through most itineraries.


Sound familiar? That’s the opening text for Justin Fox’s KwaZulu-Natal’s Smaller Parks feature in the December 2014 issue of Getaway Magazine.

I followed his dust trail to Inanda Dam, a place I have visited many a time with friends and family, and Weenen Game Reserve (where?!). It was at the latter that I discovered first-hand the difficulty of single-handedly setting up a tent in gale force wind. Turned out I wasn’t so successful – after the tent ripped I ended up sleeping in the car.

The one bonus of lying cramped up in your backseat is that when sunrise starts all you have to do is open a bleary eye, squeeze yourself into the driver’s seat (pyjamas and all), and start the engine. Fantastic time saver tip for those who battle with early morning starts but love sunrise images!

Here are a few of my images from the two days I spent on the road.


Zebraat Inanda

Amongst the bird life, the most common sighting you’ll have at Inanda are the zebra. As with all wildlife photography (and wildlife interactions in general!), let them do their thing around you and don’t go too close.


The green banks at Inanda dam

The green banks at Inanda Dam make for great picnic and camping areas, just on the shores of this beautiful expanse of water.


Giraffe at Weenen Game Reserve

At first I didn’t see this giraffe, silhouetted by the sunset at Weenen Game Reserve. When I did I did a sudden, skidding stop and reversed back up the hill until I was in the right place. Go Getz go!

Weenen Game Reserve

Weenen Game Reserve


Weenen Game reserve. giraffe, eland, red hartebeest, kudu and more in one evening

I saw so much at Weenen Game reserve. giraffe, eland, red hartebeest, kudu and more in one evening. This was such a worthwhile game reserve to visit!

Read Just Fox’s full feature on KZN’s smallest parks in the December 2014 issue of Getaway Magazine.

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