Alan Murphy
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Sep 8, 2015 September 8, 2015

Alan Murphy is a Lonely Planet author and expert on Southern Africa and its wildlife. In 2013 he established Roundtrip Foundation. Check out

Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets

Waterberg Plateau Park in the north of Namibia is a unique park set on a plateau that rises out of desert sands. It’s more like a sanctuary for threatened and rare species of animals.

The Waterberg Plateau Park in Namibia is one of my favourite landscape and wildlife experiences in Namibia. Set on a lush, vegetated 150m-high plateau not that far from it’s famous cousin, Etosha, and surrounded by desert plains, it sticks out for miles. Instead of Big 5 bragging, the park goes in for far more interesting and rare species of animal such as sable, roan and black rhino.

You can do walks and guided drives through the park and the place to plant yourself is around one of a series of cleverly hidden hides overlooking waterholes. Anything may stroll past including leopards, cheetahs and hyena. Along with the previously mentioned rare species, other antelope such as hartebeest and elands are more commonly spotted. I saw both sable and roan at separate waterholes – a real treat!