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Location

The private nature reserve Waterberg Wilderness is situated on the D 2512 gravel road, 28 km from the turn-off leaving the C 22 tarred road.

GPS co-ordinates (main reception):
20°28'40"S 17°18'02"E

Landing strip in our nature reserve: 5 minutes drive from the main reception

Airfield co-ordinates:
S20°29'12" / E17°18'50"

Elevation:
4900 ft 09/27 (1000 m)

Charming region

Besides the Waterberg, the Otavi mountains are a main attraction in the northern central of Namibia. In the heart of the mountain triangle you find our partner company Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm. They also have white rhinos, which can be experienced on a Rhino drive and a Rhino tracking tour. Explore the Ghaub Cave, the third largest of its kind in Namibia, or look behind the scenes of an unusual farm with game, cattle and farming on a farm tour.

  • Waterberg Plateau Lodge

    Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm

Waterberg Wilderness and Ghaub are a relaxed half-day drive away from each other. On the way you can visit the Hoba meteorite and the museum in Grootfotein.

  • Route

Our tip: take the route on the east side of the Waterberg on your way between Windhoek and Etosha. From the B 1 tarred road (Okahandja – Otjiwarongo) onto the C 22 tarred road and the D 2512 / D 2612 gravel road, which eventually joins the B 8 tar road (Otavi - Grootfontein).

Ghaub can be reached either via the D 2863, which connects to the B 8 at Kombat, or via the D 3022, which branches off from the C 42 between Grootfontein and Tsumeb.

The D 2512 / 2612 is a scenic road and it is less frequented than the tarred road via Otjiwarongo. Flanked by the Waterberg plateau, you drive through beautiful tree and shrub savannah at the border of the Kalahari, while you every now and again spot game or guinea fowl at the roadside.

Usually the gravel road is suitable even for a city car; for our weekly supply trips to Otjiwarongo we always use our VW bus. Only on odd days after hefty rain storms will one find big water and mud puddles on the road – and these are usually quickly dried out by the sun.

Nevertheless we do recommend a four-by-four vehicle for your self-drive tour in Namibia: Driving is simply more comfortable on gravel roads and the elevated sitting position allows for better game viewing in places like the Etosha National Park.

Please keep to speed limits: 120 km/h on tarred roads and 80 km/h on gravel roads. Decelerate before bends and inclines on gravel roads and keep as far left as possible.

Attractions along the road

Hoba Meteorite

Hoba Meteorite

Situated on farm Hoba about 20 km west of Grootfontein (entrance fee, open all day). The meteorite, which hit earth about 80 000 years ago, consists mainly of iron and is the biggest meteorite finds in the world (0.90 m high, 2.70 m edge length, 50 to 60 tons).

Grootfontein

Grootfontein

Museum (open mornings and afternoons) on the history of the town, farming and the "Dorsland Trek" of the boers from South-Africa.