Waterberg Wilderness Plateau Lodge
Waterberg - Namibia
Waterberg Plateau is situated 350km north of Namibia's capital city Windhoek, and the 41,000ha of surrounding land was declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. Most of the plateau is inaccessible and a number of the country's endangered species (such as black and white rhino, sable antelope, tsessebe, buffalo and wildebeest) were introduced to protect them from predators and poaching. This programme was a huge success and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare animals.
Waterberg Wilderness Plateau Lodge has been constructed on a high terrace, but directly below the massive, vivid red sandstone rocks of the plateau. This location emphasizes the seclusion and privacy guests can expect here. It is a small satellite-lodge linked closely with its sister-lodge, Waterberg Wilderness Lodge.
The drive from Wilderness Lodge is only a few km on a narrow, but steep and well-paved track. Car parking is close to your room, in the thick, red sand characteristic of a sandstone plateau.
Breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea and dinner are all served at Plateau Lodge. A constant supply of hot water is provided in your chalet, should you require a cup of tea/coffee.
Accommodation is in 6 luxury chalets, with either a single, double or 3-bed combinations. Walk-in shower/WC, wash basin and a lounge area are standard. They are all constructed of stone and brick, with bright red corrugated iron roofs and the stone walls and red, terracotta tiled floors, help keep the rooms cool. For those cold chilly nights, each unit has as an inviting fire-place to warm-up around. In the hotter, summer months, each chalet has its own plunge pool, a refreshing respite from the hot Namibian afternoon sun. A small table and 2 chairs is provided and these can be carried outside onto your private porch. Power is supplied through solar energy and there is a socket for the re-charging of camera batteries.
The klipspringer (rock jumper), is a small antelope that as its name suggest, jumps from rock to rock and bound up the slopes of steep rock faces. Along with the spectacular views onto the Kalahari below, expect to be joined by 1 or 2 feathered friends and a klipspringer, coming to the rock pools for an early morning drink. They can be viewed from the comfort of your bedroom.
- Waterberg Plateau Hike
- While visiting the Waterberg Plateau there is a chance to see many different species of birds, with over 200 different species recorded here including spectacular black eagles, and Namibia's only breeding colony of Cape vultures. Your guide will also be able to track black and white rhino, although spotting them is not guaranteed.
- Nature Drives
- These are conducted in and around a private farmland in the valley below the plateau. Passengers will be collected from the Plateau Lodge.
- Herero Cultural Tour
- A cultural tour into Hereroland, is an ideal opportunity to learn about the everyday life, culture and tradition of the OvaHerero people. The tour finishes with traditional songs and dances performed by women from the community, all whilst enjoying some refreshments.
- Cheetah Conservation Fund
- The natural habitat of Cheetah in the wild has shrunk dramatically all over the world. Thus the fastest terrestrial animal on the planet has become a highly endangered species. With about 2,500 animals, Namibia boasts the largest Cheetah population on earth. In order to protect Cheetah in Namibia, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) was founded in 1990.
The CCF information centre is as entertaining as instructive and definitely worthwhile. Cheetah which no longer can be released into the wilds for various reasons, are kept in large enclosures next to the centre. You will be able to take stunning pictures of the big cats. On certain days visitors are also welcome to watch Cheetah at full speed during their sprint-training.
- Vulture Restaurant
- The Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST), established in 2000, is mainly concerned with protecting the Cape vulture which is an endangered species in Namibia. Once there were seven colonies of about 2,000 birds in the country. Now, only one colony of eleven Cape vultures remains in the cliffs of Waterberg. For observing and studying the birds, REST set up a vulture restaurant with an observation screen. Carrion is regularly laid out at the restaurant, which does attract Cape vultures and hundreds of White-backed and Lappet-faced vultures.
The screen is very suitable for taking good pictures. Visitors can also get acquainted with Nelson, a flightless vulture which is kept in a large aviary. A host of interesting facts about these useful scavengers can be learnt at REST's research and study centre.
- Waterberg Plateau
- Thanks to rich springs, the eastern cliffs of 'Water Mountain' are characterised by an almost subtropical abundance of flora. The plateau of this table mountain was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1972. Animal species in need of protection - such as Sable Antelope, Buffalo and Rhino - were resettled there. Furthermore, Rüppell's parrot and other rare types of birds can be spotted. From the semi-state rest camp a path leads up to the rocks at the edge of the plateau where Rock Hyrax and Klipspringer are found. The historic police station now houses a restaurant with numerous pictures from the olden days.
- OvaHerero cultural centre
- Farm Hamakari is situated east of Waterberg, close to the little town of Okakarara. At Hamakari OvaHerero fighters suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of German troops in 1904. At the historic site a cultural and tourism centre is now being established, which will house an exhibition on the history and culture of the Ovaherero people; local arts and crafts will also be sold there.
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