Overview – Waterberg Plateau
The Waterberg Plateau is a top wildlife viewing destination in Namibia. The park consists of a sandstone massif which stands out impressively from the surrounding savannah grasslands. It was established as a breeding ground for threatened species, including white rhino, roan, sable and tsessebe. Self-drive is prohibited, but game drives and guided walks can be booked through the Namibia Wildlife Resorts office. There are nine short, self-guided walks available, or longer four-day guided/unguided trail walks, but you must book in advance.
Pros and Cons
- Great wildlife viewing, including some rare species
- Game drives, walks and short, self-guided trails available
- 4-day wilderness trail available
- Several accommodation options in the park
- Self-drive not allowed
- No lion and sightings of other big cats are rare
- Activities must be booked a long time in advance
There is great wildlife viewing to be had on the Waterberg Plateau. Many big safari animals are present, including both white and black rhino. Several rare antelope species can be encountered such as sable and roan; and eland, greater kudu and tsessebe are also present. Brown hyena and leopard are the main predators. There are no lions or elephants.
The Waterberg Plateau Park takes in a 50km/31mi long, 16km/10mi wide sandstone plateau offering excellent views over the surrounding desert plains. The massif gets its name from the many springs that trickle down the red sandstone cliffs. The plateau features wooded areas as well as acacia bush and thick undergrowth.
Weather & Climate
The elevated Waterberg Plateau divides its time between a cool, practically rain-free winter (May to October) and a slightly damper and stormy summer (November to April). The former can get very cold in the early morning (5°C/41°F), so take care to rug up if you’re visiting anytime from June to August.
Best Time to Visit
The drier months of July to September lie smack in the middle of Waterberg Plateau’s high season, but it’s worth forking out extra for the great wildlife viewing that characterizes this period. There’s less foliage for the animals to disappear into, and they’re not as scattered as they are when the weather turns hot and wet.
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Alan is a travel writer and author of over 20 Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guides to Southern Africa and Zambia & Malawi.
Hiding in the Waterberg
This elevated park is one of the country's more scenic and unusual wildlife viewing venues. Looming over the surrounding desert and dense with scrub – so dense it's difficult to visually penetrate – the park contains some rare...
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A 1-night stop-over which was good, but may have more to offer
I spent 1 night at Waterberg Plateau Park, as part of a guided birding and wildlife watching tour of Namibia. To be honest we really only stayed here because it broke the journey from Etosha National Park back to Windhoek nicely. Also...