The Waterberg region in the northeast of South Africa is an area that is rich in biodiversity and includes as many as 5.500 species of plants within the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. Centred around the imposing Waterberg Mountain in the Limpopo Province, the region is home to at least 11 threatened bird species and 18 threatened mammal species, and is well known for the conservation of elephants, white rhinos, buffalos and leopards.

The Waterberg region in the northeast of South Africa is an area that is rich in biodiversity and includes as many as 5.500 species of plants, almost half of which are endemic to the country, within the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. Centred around the imposing Waterberg Mountain in the Limpopo Province, the region is home to at least 11 threatened bird species and 18 threatened mammal species, and is well known for the conservation of elephants, white rhinos, buffalos and leopards. The beautiful rock paintings at Lapalala are evidence of the habitation by ancient people in the area as far back as 3 million years ago.

Highlights

1
Follow the Waterberg Meander for a delightful 350 km self-drive.
2
Spot every member of the Big 5 at one of the region’s game reserves.
3
Tick off a couple of hard-to-come-by bird species.
4
Learn more about the Pedi people and their culture on a tour.
5
Hike the many trails around the area for stunning views.
6
Ride a horse across the savanna on a guided tour.

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The ideal time to visit the Waterberg Region for wildlife viewing and game drives is during the dry winter months between May and September. During this time, animals are more likely to congregate around available water sources and are easy to spot through the thinned-out vegetation. The summer months are sunny and warm, perfect for outdoor activities and enjoying the bush.

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Tintswalo at Lapalala

Experience the magnificent UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere at this luxury tented escape
From$635 /ppn
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