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Waterberg Plateau

   

The Waterberg Plateau Park, east of Otjiwarongo towers over the surrounding plains, being about 200 meters higher. The 20 kilometer wide and 50 kilometer long table mountain massif consists of porous sandstone. Millions of years ago, Waterberg Plateau Park was submerged in water and also covered in ice. A dramatic climactic change, combined with erosion, formed a unique environment, rising above the surrounding African savannah consisting of brilliant, brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation. Rainwater trickles through the permeable stone and collects on top of an impervious clay layer. 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 and one can find wild fig trees, fire lilies and corall trees. The area is also rich in fauna.

Since 1972, the Waterberg area, some 400 sqkm, has been under the protection of nature conservancy. Endangered species like the Black and White Rhino, Sable Antelope and Blue Wildebeest were introduced here. In the actual park of the Waterberg Plateau, one can embark upon great hikes as well as relaxing walks. There is also an excellent rest camp - recently been upgraded - with restaurant, beautiful and affordable holiday chalets, a swimming pool and a camping ground. Daily guided drives are offered to the plateau.

Where dinosaurs once roamed, you can walk on one of nine trails marked along the base of the plateau. Guided game drives are also available where you can catch a glimpse of leopard, sable, giraffe, cheetah and many other species. The area also holds historical importance. San engravings can still be seen on rocks overlooking the Okarakuvisa waterhole.

   
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