Waterberg Plateau Park Waterberg Plateau Park

Waterberg plateau park

The Waterberg is an outlier of the fauna and flora found much further to the north-east, pushed deep into the thornbush of the sandveld. Species from both worlds mingle here to create an astounding variety of lifeforms. This unique biodiversity, and the fact that the steep-sided mountain with its extensive plateau creates a natural refuge, motivated its protection as a state park. The favourable conditions on the mountain soon turned the park into a conservation haven for rare species, relocated here to ensure their conservation. Healthy populations of both rhino species, as well as buffalo, roan and sable are protected here.

Yet the Waterberg is much more than a natural marvel. It is steeped in human history, some of it gruesome and still painful today. The interminable conflict between colonial rulers and African communities came to a climax here in a standoff between the German Schutztruppe and the Herero. After terrible losses, the battle turned when the Herero decided to retreat to the east into the harsh, waterless Omaheke, were countless died. The Waterberg remains a symbol of resistance against colonial rule.

The glimpses of history that the Waterberg provides reach much further back through time via intriguing rock art, past marvellous dinosaur tracks, once left in mud and now preserved in sandstone, back to the striking geological features of the formation of the landscape itself.

Isolated mountains, especially those in vast, flat landscapes, hold a special magnetism – for both people and animals – and for good reason. They usually provide water, lush vegetation and shelter. They were a wellspring of myths and legends for hunter-gatherer communities; a haven for livestock herders; a sanctuary from pursuit and a fortification for battles… The Waterberg was all of these. Today it is a fount of natural and cultural wealth for travellers.


•    Waterberg is open all year; unguided access is limited to the resort & surrounding trails
•    The summer months can be very hot; the resort pool provides cool relief
•    Access roads can become boggy during the rainy season
•    Game viewing from the hides on the plateau is best during the dry season

•    Go for a guided game drive on the plateau & enjoy great sightings from game-viewing hides
•    Explore the many walking trails & the excellent birding they offer
•    Climb up to the viewpoint on the plateau rim via the Mountain View Walk
•    Visit the cemeteries & other historical sites to gain insights into the past

•    Don’t feed any animals, no matter how adorable or inquisitive they might be
•    Baboons are a major problem at the resort; don’t leave any food unattended;
ensure that car & chalet doors & windows, as well as tents, are securely closed
•    Stick to demarcated walking trails

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