Named for the springs that emanate from its foothills, the Waterberg Plateau National Park is a fascinating geological site of compressed sandstone crags, 200-year-old dinosaur footprints, and petrified sand dunes. The area’s natural water sources make it far more fertile than its environs and the park is blessed with a plethora of plant and animal species, including leopards, rhinoceros, vultures, cheetahs, bush babies, ferns and fig trees.
Bidding farewell to Etosha you head south via Otjiwarongo to reach Waterberg Plateau Park. The Waterberg plateau rises about 200 meters above the surrounding plains. The steep red cliffs of the plateau are particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset when they glow a deep red. There are several walking trails laid out around the camp and this is the best way to explore the area. The higher rainfall and the small springs around the mountain result in large trees and an abundance of birds. There are no dangerous animals in the areas where the walking trails are laid out. The park offers guided 4x4 game drives to the top of the plateau. These game drives depart early morning and late afternoon. During the Herero Uprising of 1904 the deciding battle between the German colonial forces and the Herero took place at the Waterberg. Reminders of the conflict can be seen in the graveyard near the resort office.
Overnight: Waterberg Resort
Waterberg Camp is the gateway to the Waterberg Plateau Park, one of the most spectacular features of the northern region, towering some 200 meters above the surrounding landscape, with sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations. The Waterberg Camp has recently been re-developed. Accommodation is provided in comfortable premier bush chalets, two and four bed bush chalets and double rooms, all nestled along the base of the Waterberg Plateau cliffs, amongst towering trees. The restaurant, bar and kiosk are housed in the historic Rasthaus, originally built in 1908 and used as a police post for several years. The open air swimming pool with a view of the Plateau above is the perfect remedy for the weary guest. The Camp also has a shop and a camping site available.
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