Known simply as The Water Mountain, the blue-hued Waterberg stretches its imposing full length from Thabazimbi in the south west, to Lapalala River in the north east of the Limpopo Province, supporting a biome of over 15 000 square kilometres. This is equivalent to 80% of the Kruger National Park.
The Waterberg is the first region in the north of South Africa identified as a
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The incredible rock formations were shaped over hundreds of millions of years by riverine erosion. This lesser known part of the country is spectacular, with its incredible scenery, often accentuated by late afternoon thunder storms, plummeting mountain gorges, clear streams, and rolling bushveld.
A large portion of the Waterberg’s bushveld country has been given over to the conservation of elephants, white rhino, leopard and buffalo.
Land owners have restored land overgrazed by cattle, to attract and protect antelope, giraffe, hippo and other species.
With an accompanying rise in the trend of eco-tourism, and the marketing of the Waterberg as prime game country, this region is home to some of the worlds trending and iconic private game reserves and safari lodges.
The Waterberg region offers a magnificent variety of wildlife, many beautiful bird species and of course the rugged bushveld, with picturesque rivers and wild terrain, the Waterberg is a great place to spot wildlife.
Being a malaria free area it is ideal for families with small children. Approximately 2 hours from Johannesburg it's an ideal, quick weekend getaway from the pollution and stress of the city.
The top peak of the Waterberg reaches 2100m, and the climate of this region is mild.
The Waterberg has an extensive history with archaeological finds dating to the Stone Age, and nearby are early evolutionary finds related to the origin of humans.
Closer to our history, the San, who produced beautiful rock paintings at Lapalala, entered the Waterberg about two thousand years ago.
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 Ivory 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. It provides the opportunity for travelers to visit remote and unique spots in the Limpopo province.