Situated in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, the Waterberg is an ancient mountainous region that spans approximately 14,500kms. The highest peaks are around 1,500 metres above sea level.The Waterberg region is an important archaeological and paleontological site and is perhaps best known for the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, but has a growing reputation as a safari hotspot.

The pristine Waterberg region offers a combination of striking landscapes, a fascinating archaeological spread of natural and human history and a number of superb Big 5 game parks. All just a couple of hours drive from Johannesburg. The region is also an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with great hikes, bird watching, caving and hot mineral springs to enjoy, as well as some ancient San rock art and some of the best views you’ll find anywhere in South Africa.

The Waterberg has three distinct seasons and each offers a different experience. The driest months are typically between May and July, and bring with them comfortable daytime temperatures but cold nights and early mornings. This is often considered the best time for big game viewing in the parks. Temperatures increase from August through to October with the occasional thunderstorm rolling in, followed by the rainy season that begins in November and runs through to April. It can be very hot and humid at this time of year but it’s also the best time for birders as the region is at its most verdantly beautiful.

From basic camping, hikers-huts and caravanning spots, right through to luxury bush and mountain lodges, the Waterberg Region has a wide range of accommodation specials to suit any budget. You’ll be able to experience this stunning region exactly as you choose.

Various game reserves across the Waterberg are home to all of the Big 5, while the entire region is home to 129 mammal species (including rarities like the African porcupine), 350 birds (including a large percentage of the endangered Cape vulture population) and 2,000 plant species.The savanna areas of The Waterberg consist of rolling grasslands and a semi-deciduous forest. The cliffs provide a home for the Fever Tree which the Bushmen believed had a special power to allow communication with the dead.