Nestled along South Africa’s breathtaking Wild Coast, Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve is one of its own class Big Five Private Game Reserves with an emphasis on luxury and thoughtful detail. The reserve is situated in a prime, malaria free zone and offers many unique opportunities as it encompasses five different regional eco-systems and a tidal estuary.
We experienced true tranquillity at the reserve as we saw the abundance of wildlife from the open 4×4 vehicle. We were able to spot a variety of animals including antelopes, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, wildebeests, warthogs, springboks, impalas, gemsboks, kudus as well as lions at a close range.
Inkwenkwezi, which translates from Xhosa to mean “under the stars”, grew out of a dream of the Umtata born Stanton brothers, Graham and Keith. Graham and Keith hail from farming stock from the Umtata area and, after completing their schooling at Umtata High School, started a dairy business – distributing milk and supplying vegetables and produce to local traders.
Visitors to Inkwenkwezi are given the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including game drives, bird watching including the rarely sighted Stanley Bustard as well as Knysna Turaco and Kingfisher to mention only a few of the 276 bird species that has been recorded in the reserve. The guides have the knowledge and passion of the African Bush.
Quick facts about Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
- The yellow-billed kite, one of the birds on Inkwenkwezi’s list of more than 280 species, undertakes the longest migration of all the big raptors, leaving our shores in May to fly north to Morocco and returning in September.
- White lions are not albinos; they get their pale colouring from a rare recessive gene.
- The wild pomegranate gets its common name from the taste of the nectar when you suck the bright orange tubular flowers.
- If you thought proteas grow only in the Western Cape, think again. Asugarbush protea also grows on a hill in the reserve against a view of the Indian Ocean.
- Ostriches have a great sense of humour: Stacey, the tame ostrich that likes to wander into Inkwenkwezi venues to check out the humans, once waltzed up the red carpet during a wedding ceremony and caused much hilarity by laying a very large egg at the precise moment the minister intoned the words about reproducing.