The Waterberg is a malaria-free part of South Africa that’s known for its spectacular, pristine natural scenery, wildlife and superb safari lodges. The Waterberg massif was formed by several hundred years of river erosion and has an average height of around 2,000 feet, with a peak of 6,500 feet. Waterberg was the first area in northern South Africa to be named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The area features lush landscapes, fertile savannah plains, deep river valleys, ancient rock formations and undisturbed riverine forests. Nature reserves in the Waterberg offer authentic safari experiences, and with lower concentrations of predators the opportunity to explore the bush on foot, bike and horse-back. For this reason the Waterberg combines well with a more traditional game drive based safari in Madikwe or the Kruger. Some 75 mammal species, such as the Nile crocodile, the African python, the leopard, the buffalo and both the white and black rhino, can be seen here. There’s also more than 300 bird species that frequent the district.
The Ant Collection is a real stand-out lodge here, offering world class horse riding and family friendly safaris in a stunning location and is a areal favourite of ours.
From May to October, the Waterberg area experiences its dry season. There’s practically no rainfall at all, with temperatures cool in the early morning and pleasantly warm throughout the day; there’s also plenty of sunshine. As for the wet season, it runs from November to April. From November to December, it’s the hottest time of the year, with occasional afternoon thunderstorms bringing the rain; by contrast, from January to March it’s usually the wettest time of the year.