Waterberg Guided Hike
Hiking in Namibia
The guided Waterberg Hike is a 4 day hike around the Waterberg Plateau. There is no set route to the hike, and the guides (armed for protection against predators and rhinos) will decide which is the best route according to circumstances. The distances covered in a day will depend on the fitness and requirements of the group, but you should expect to walk between 10 and 15km daily.
The Waterberg Plateau Park is Namibia's only mountain resort, and is a vast wilderness, with distinctive red sandstone cliffs. The term 'Waterberg' refers to the fact that sandstone of the plateau, absorb moisture, which runs off on the south-east side of the plateau as springs. Hence, the name 'Waterberg,' or water mountain.
There are approximately 200 species of birds located within the confines of the park. The Okarakuvisa Cliffs, on the top of the plateau, accommodates the only breeding colony of Cape vultures in the country, and Waterberg is also the breeding ground of several rare game species including; rhinoceros, buffalo, and sable and roan antelope.
The main activity on the hike is rhino tracking. Your guide will follow their tracks in the search for rhino, as well as hyena and leopard. The Waterberg area has the highest concentration of leopard in Namibia.
Benefits of this hike include:
- Accommodation in basic huts, so you will not need to carry your own tent.
- This hike is a great way to learn about the fauna and flora of the Waterberg Plateau area.
- Departure days are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month.
- Hikers need to be at the Onjoka Gate for a 2pm departure
- Hikers will have to provide their own food and sleeping bags.
- Groups need to be between 6 and 10 people and
- Bookings must be made in advance.