Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve
Zebra grazing in Cwebe © garethphoto
The beautiful Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve is a great place to stay in the Transkei as it encompasses five distinct biomes and a tidal estuary along the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast. The private, luxury reserve provides access to diverse coastal landscapes and there are some magnificent beaches nearby. The reserve is home to the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and numerous other animals; however, the main attraction from a wildlife point of view is the presence of some extremely rare white lions. Inkwenkwezi is a Xhosa word meaning 'under the stars' and the reserve prides itself on good service and attention to detail as well as natural beauty. Visitors can interact with elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary, take guided game drives, hikes and quad bike tours, and enjoy canoeing and mountain biking activities. The reserve's Sunset Lapa is a dreamy place to sip on cocktails while admiring the stunning view, and the Emthombeni Restaurant serves a variety of South African cuisine. The accommodation is of a high standard and the venue is extremely popular for weddings. Inkwenkwezi is conveniently located a short drive northeast of the East London airport, making it an easily accessible destination in a region notorious for bad roads.