Waterberg Plateau National Park


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Nature’s fort: the Waterberg Plateau


The Waterberg Plateau rises up out of the surrounding Namibian savannah while its brick-red magnificence looms towards the heavens, reaching a height of 420m. Mother Nature’s castle walls in the form of the plateau’s rock-face have created a flourishing sanctuary for fauna and flora in the area. The 41 000ha Waterberg Plateau National Park encompasses its namesake and the surrounding land.

The table of the plateau is largely inaccessible, its natural fortifications providing the perfect environment for some of Namibia’s endangered species to be relocated to a place of refuge from predators and illegal hunters. The reintroduction programme has been incredibly successful and poaching has since been eliminated. The park is home to Black and White Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Roan antelope, leopard, cheetah, numerous birds of prey and the country’s only breeding colony of Cape Vultures.

Visitors can enjoy this unusual part of Namibia by staying at any of the privately owned lodges nearby or at the rest camp within the park’s borders. Avid trekkers will be pleased to note that the park is home to nine unguided hiking trails along the base of the plateau; otherwise it can be summited by three different trails that are led by a park ranger.

 

Highlights

  • About 300km north of Windhoek en-route to Etosha National Park, an excellent stopover destination to break the journey
  • Teeming with wildlife and home to successful introduction of endangered species
  • Nature lovers paradise with a variety of hiking trails, guided or un-guided throughout the park
  • Diversity of habitats supports a variety of mammals, fauna and bird life
  • Various accommodation options in the area with private lodges also offering a range of activities
  • Waterberg Rest Camp available for those wanting to stay within the National Park

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