Waterberg, South Africa

Lions in Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg.

The Waterberg Biosphere in Limpopo, South Adfrica, is a wild and wonderful area about 3 to 4 hours drive north of Johannesburg.

Situated on a high lying plateau, it has rather unique flora and a wide variety of game. One of the major advantages is that it is malaria-free. Visit the Welgevonden Game Reserve and enjoy scenic beauty and spot African wildlife.

Many of the farms in the Waterberg area have banded together to create a large conservancy. Accommodation ranges from simple self-catering camps to very luxurious lodges. As well as the standard game drives, clients can do walking safaris or a horseback safari.

This was, for many years, cattle farming country and some ranches still operate although many have switched over to game. The Waterberg has, historically, been considered a bit of a backwater - a place beyond the back of beyond. But, of course, that is no longer an indictment. As well as the game, there are a few interesting craft shops in the small towns and an interesting museum.

The Waterberg includes game such as; Elephant, Lion, White and Black Rhino, Hippo, Leopard and Buffalo. African Python and Nile Crocodile can also be seen, and alot of birds with more than 300 bird species.

It was in the Waterberg that Eugene Marais, an insightful naturalist working way ahead of his time, studied baboons and termites and laid the foundation of his two masterpieces 'The Soul of the White Ant', and 'The Soul of the Ape'.

In the Waterberg area there are only some very small villages. The nearest city and airport is Polokwane, which used to be called Pietersburg.

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