An unguided hike on the Waterberg Plateau, Namibia
The unguided Waterberg Hike is a 4 day hike that follows a 42km long trail. This hike is open from April to November and hikers depart every Wednesday from the office at the Waterberg Rest Camp at 09h00 and return the following Saturday. Hikers must stay on the tracks and are not to deviate at any time. Rhino and leopard inhabit the area, and the unguided Waterberg Hike is done at your own risk. Visitors who would prefer a better opportunity to see rhino and leopard, should consider the guided Waterberg Hike.
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 absorbs 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.
- That own food and camping equipment must be provided.
- Groups should consist of 3 to 10 persons.
- Accommodation is at basic shelters, so you will not need to carry your tent.
- Drinking water is available at the huts and it is recommended to take about 4 liters of water every day.
- Booking in advance is essential.
- Starts with a short walk from the office to the top of the Waterberg Plateau, and continues with a 13km hike along the escarpment.
- The second day's distance is about 7km and should take about 3hrs.
- The following 2 days complete the figure of 8 hike, with distances of 8km and 14km.