5 minute read05 Dec 2018

The Waterberg

The Waterberg Region consists of a 150km long range,  which stretches northeast from Thabazimbi past Vaalwater. It is protected by the 15,000-sq-km Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The Nylsvley Bird and Nature Reserve is also close-by and boasts one of the best conserved floodplains in the country.   

The Waterberg is one of the 5 districts situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The most popular area in the Waterberg is situated in the middle of the district, named Modimolle. Majority of the locals speak Sepedi, also known as ‘Northern Sotho’.The Waterberg is located near the beautiful Waterberg mountain range. This region is known for its natural beauty, bushveld and diverse animal population. This area stretches northeast from Thabazimbi past Vaalwater. It is protected by the 15 000-square kilometer Waterberg Biosphere reserve. This is one of Africa’s two savannah biospheres. The entire Waterberg biosphere is one of 500 UNESCO recognized biosphere reserves on the planet!

A Map of the Waterberg Region

A Map Showing the Possition of the Waterberg on the Map of South Africa

A close distance to Joburg, the Waterberg is only a 2-hour drive away.

The extensive rock formation was created by millions of years of riverine erosion to give rise to the diverse bluff and butte landform. Within the Waterberg there are archaeological findings that date back to the Stone age, and nearby there are early evolutionary finds related to the origin of humans.

Hiking to Bushman Cave Art

A Magestic View From the Top of the Waterberg Mountain

The Waterberg region offers a magnificent variety of wildlife, many beautiful bird species and of course the rugged bushveld. The top peak of the Waterberg reaches 2100m, and the climate of this region is mild. With picturesque rivers and wild terrain, the Waterberg is a great place to spot wildlife. This area is a great attraction for families, in respect of being a malaria free area! Thus, you have the perks of game viewing without the threat of malaria. Families with small children will find the Waterberg a lovely destination for this very reason, and because it is not too far away from Johannesburg. The Waterberg mountain range covers a distance of 14 500 square kilometres, this is equivalent to 80% of the Kruger National Park. The surrounding areas of the Waterberg mountain range is rich with cultural, archaeological and biological diversity.

Rhino Are Frequently Seen in the Game Reserves

Giraffe Are Welcome Sights

Amongst many beautiful mammals found in the Waterberg, including the Big 5 (Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant), there are even the notorious reptiles such as the Black Mamba! There are 380 bird species, over 2000 plants species, more than 130 butterfly species, and 140 tree species!

Butterflies to Dazzle

Beautiful Bufferflies to See

The Waterberg is appealing to those who wish to unwind for a weekend. The Nylsvley Wetlands, are home to the largest amount of water birds in South Africa. Visitors can be guaranteed with over more than 200 bird sightings! This park has rare cycads, tree ferns and yellowwood trees.

The White Stork in a Delicate Balance

Waterlilies and Dragonflies

The African Ivory Route, which has its origins in the legendary exploits of early ivory hunters and gold traders, runs through the Waterberg region. This route is now an important ecotourism and 4x4 adventure destination, sought after by safari enthusiasts. This route will appeal to those who are particularly drawn to the African wild. The route provides the opportunity for travellers to visit remote and unique spots in the Limpopo province.

A 4x4 Adventure Into the Wild

Go to this magnificent place for a lovely and relaxing weekend away, with many things to keep you buys, gorgeous wildlife and wide open skies! The perfect remedy for some tender loving care!

A Tented Camp Buttressed by the Waterberg Mountains

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