Waterberg National Park
Waterberg Plateau Park encompassing the Waterberg Plateau is located 68 km east of Otjiwarongo in Namibia. Waterberg Plateau rising above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia is prominent feature of the Africa.
Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs tracks were left there some 200 million years ago which are still found in the park.
The plateau and its surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. As the plateau is mostly unreachable from beneath a number of endangered species of Namibia were relocated in the early 1970s to protect them from predators and poaching. The relocation programme was highly successful, and now Waterberg park supplies games to other parks.
Some game species that have been reintroduced in the park are hook- lipped and square-lipped rhinoceros.
More than 90 mammals and 200 bird species have been documented in the park. You can spot buffaloes, many species of antelope, leopards and cheetahs are also found at the mountain.
Best Time to Visit
- Waterberg National Park is open for visitors all year round.
- The ideal time period for wildlife viewing is during the dry season i.e., July to September as the animals seek out water and remain near the water source during these periods.
- However, if possible avoid the extremely hot months of January, February, and March.
How to go
Waterberg National Park is well connected by roadways airways.
- Waterberg National Park is located about 300 km from the town of Windhoek, which takes about 3 and half hours drive way to reach Waterberg.
- You can also reach Waterberg National Park from Etosha National Park, which is located 320 km south east of Waterberg. It takes about 4 hours drive hours to reach Waterberg.
- Charter flight services from Hosea Kutako International Airport, which is the primary entry point of Namibia, to the parks airstrips are also available.
Things to do
You can engage yourself in a number of activities at Waterberg National Park:
- Game drives
- Walking Trails
- Horse Trails
- Cultural Tour
What To See & Highlights
- Waterberg Plateau is undoubtedly the main highlight of Waterberg National Park.
- The park boasts of 500 species of flora species including some endemic species such as wild fig trees, coral trees and also flame lilies.
- Waterberg Park host many endangered animals which you can see during game drive. Some of the species which you can spot are leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, brown hyenas and black backed jackals, black and white rhino, buffaloes, roan and sable antelopes at the park.
- You can also explore petrified dunes and the dinosaur prints left here around 200 million years ago.