WATERBERG PLATEAU NATIONAL PARK
This national park is central Namibia on the Waterberg plateau, 68 kilometers about 40 miles south east of Otjiwarongo. The plateau and the national park are named after the prominent Table Mountain that rises from the plateau, the Waterberg which is in Afrikaans language which means water mountain. The Waterberg plateau is a particularly prominent location elevating high above the plains of the Kalahari of the Eastern Namibia.
Waterberg Park and some 405 square kilometers 156 square miles of the surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. As the plateau is largely inaccessible from beneath several of the Namibia’s endangered species were relocated in the early 1970s to protect them from predators and the poaching activity to avoid extinction. The programme was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare animals. In 1989, the black rhinos were reintroduced to the area from Damaraland.
The Waterberg plateau Park is ecologically diverse and rich and rich and has over 200 different species of bird with some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain. Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs, tracks were left there some 200million years ago. The plateau was declared a National monument in 1956
The first human inhabitants ere the San people, who left rock engravings believed to be several thousand years old. A small tribe of the San were still living their traditional lifestyle on the plateau until the late 1960
The foothills were the site one of the major turning points in Namibia’s history. in 1904, the battle of Waterberg, the Herero people lost their last and greatest battle against the German Colonial forces in the Herero Namaqua Wars.
Subsequently, in the Herero population lost their lives, and about one thousand could escape to British Bechuanaland (now Botswana) where they received asylum. The graves of German soldiers who lost their lives at Waterberg can still be viewed near the base of the park
Activities done in Waterberg national park
Daily guided drives are offered to the plateau, which is managed as breeding area for the rare and endangered species, including black and white Rhinos, disease-free buffalo, sable and roan antelope. The natural beauty of the area can also be explored on foot, by means of guided trails or self-guided trails, as well as number of short trails from the camp, offering spectacular bird viewing opportunities and high diversity of interesting flora.
The hiking is taking 2-3 hours around the plateau in the park. This is done on a 150 meters above the sea level plateau. Here exist many animals and the culture of the Herero people living in this area. Terrific view of the valley or of the plains of the Kalahari.
This national park has a lot of accommodation facilities of which include, Waterberg lodge which is located on the hill with views over the valley chalets.
All lodges offer a restaurant (with electricity and the pool and the solar panel)
Waterberg plateau campsite that is also located on the hill in the valley, Waterberg Anderson Camp