Found in Limpopo Province, the scenic Waterberg region is a true hidden gem, unknown to many locals and international tourists alike, but loved deeply by those who have been willing to stray a little from the more beaten paths in South Africa.
Truth be told, you don’t have to stray far. Exclusive, pristine Big 5 game reserves like Welgevonden Game Reserve are, in fact, less than a three hour drive from the urban hub of Johannesburg, yet far more peaceful than the likes of Kruger National Park. Accommodation is generally far more affordable too, even for the luxury offerings.
Other favourites in the area include the family-friendly Kololo Game Reserve, a great place for mountain bike and horseback trails, with only safe game, and Marekele National Park, which has some particularly spectacular views from the top of the Waterberg massif.
There are a small but growing number of private reserves and game farms that have proliferated in the Waterberg region over the past couple of decades, taking land previously used for cattle farms and returning it to something like its natural state, whilst also reintroducing a number of indigenous animals that had long since disappeared from the area, including rhino and leopard.
Today, the Waterberg region offers an amazing variety of unspoiled habitats which, collectively, are home to more than 129 species of mammal, 350 bird species and more than 2,000 species of plant.
It’s not only in Big 5 game parks and reserves that you can enjoy the Waterberg’s stunning biodiversity. The region is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with great hikes through picturesque nature reserves punctuated by striking ancient rock formations and home to various archeological and anthropological wonders.
The Waterberg was the first region in the north of South Africa to be identified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is also the only savannah biosphere reserve in southern Africa. The region’s scenery and topography ranges from broad rolling hills to magnificent red sandstone cliffs, perennial rivers, open plains and savannas.
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