Waterberg Plateau Park
The mountainous park is situated 300km, north-east of Windhoek.
The park is home for about 25 game and over 200 bird species.
Vegetation changes dramatically from acacia savannah at the foot of the plateau to lush-green sub-tropical woodland, with tall trees and grassy plains, at the top.
The Waterberg Plateau, towers over the surrounding plains, being about 200 m higher. The 20 km wide and 50 km long table mountain massif, consists of porous sandstone. Whilst the plateau is arid on top, there is a lot of surface water and strong permanent springs at the foot of the mountain. The vegetation is, therefore, quite lush, green and diverse. One can, for example, find wild fig trees, fire lilies and coral trees.
The area is also rich in fauna.
Since 1972, the Waterberg area stands under the protection of nature conservancy. Endangered species like the Black and White Rhino, Sable Antelope and Blue Wildebeest, were introduced here. In the park, one can embark upon great hikes, as well as relaxing walks.
The Waterberg Region is part of the main settling area of the Herero people. In August 1904, about 40.000 Herero men, women and children under the leadership of Samuel Maharero, were surrounded by 1600 German colonial soldiers at the Waterberg and, in a devastating battle, almost annihilated. Only a few Herero were able to escape through the Kalahari Desert to Botswana. A military cemetery acts as a reminder of the tragic events.