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The Waterberg Plateau is a large sandstone plateau of red rock, formed around 200 million years ago.

Lilac breasted roller, Waterberg Plateau Park, Central HighlandsIn 1972 the plateau and surrounding land was declared a national reserve, and due to its inaccessibility, was used as a location for rehabilitating rare wildlife species such as black and white rhino, sable antelope and eland. There are also more than 200 bird species to be found here, including Cape vultures and black eagles.

The area is also historically significant, as the site where the German colonial army fought the resident Herero people at the turn of the century, resulting in many of the Herero retreating and moving into Botswana (then Bechuanaland).

The main draw for visitors is the walking, and there are numerous hikes either guided or unguided, leading you along the foot of the plateau and some of the more strenuous hikes taking you up onto the top of the plateau.

This is by far the most rewarding and enjoyable way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this region and a chance to encounter some of the wildlife such as rock hyrax, lizards and antelope.

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