Among Limpopo’s mountainous savannah lies an area that is not only one of the most significant San rock art areas in South Africa but also an extensive malaria-free wildlife viewing experience. A UNESCO conservation project, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is made up of different reserves and settlements that come together to support conservation, sustainability and development. The rich biodiversity encompasses popular safari mammals amongst other threatened and scarce species.

Among Limpopo’s mountainous savannah lies an area that is not only one of the most significant San rock art areas in South Africa but also an extensive malaria-free wildlife viewing experience. A UNESCO conservation project, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is made up of different reserves and settlements that come together to support conservation, sustainability and development. In between, you will also find rural villages, farms, small towns, and an environmental education centre. In this bushveld district, visitors stand a chance to encounter the rare tsessebe and can look forward to frequent white rhino sightings and rich biodiversity featuring more than 5.500 species of plants.

Highlights

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Go on a thrilling night drive to seek out the elusive aardwolf and aardvark.
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Discover the rugged landscapes with outdoor activities like mountain biking and horseback riding.
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See the Big 5 on a self-drive safari in the majestic Marakele National Park.
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Grab your binoculars and look out for hundreds of bird species.

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Best time to go to Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

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The best time to visit Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is in the drier winter months, from May to September. During this time, wildlife viewing is easier because of the thinning vegetation and the animals gathering at predictable water sources like the waterholes. Be sure to pack warm clothes as evenings can get very cold. The wet season occurs in the summer months, from October to April. Temperatures are warm and ideal for early morning and nighttime activities.

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