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The Waterberg region has been described as South Africa’s best kept secret. Its rugged beauty, together with its diversity of plant and animal life, has led to the development of several exciting ecotourism projects including a biosphere reserve, the Waterberg Conservancy, which is an amalgamation of game and farming areas protecting more than 1500 square kilometres of the Waterberg habitat.

Elephants bathing in  the Marakele National Park.The Waterberg range, incorporating many rivers, streams and swamps, stretches for 150 kilometres in a long arc from Thabazimbi in the west, through Nylstroom in the centre, to Potgietersrus in the east.

Apart from the spectacular mountain scenery there are many game sanctuaries, nature reserves and farms; often offering accommodation.

The 75 mammal species include big game such as elephant, lion, white and black rhino, hippo, leopard and buffalo. African python and Nile crocodile are also resident and it is a birdwatchers’ paradise, with more than 300 bird species.

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    Accommodation choices for the Waterberg

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Waterberg. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Marataba Safari Lodge, Marakele National Park

      Marataba Safari Lodge

      Deluxe

      The style is an intriguing combination of stone and canvas with a delightful genuine African feel to the main lodge. You can also see the Big Five as well.

    • Makweti Safari Lodge, Welgevonden

      Makweti Safari Lodge

      Deluxe

      The Waterberg is a great safari destination that is far too often overlooked. It is located in the Welgevonden Private Reserve which forms part of the Waterberg.