The Kalahari’s Table Mountain

Waterberg (Afrikaans: water mountain) is a massive table mountain east of Otjiwarongo in the northern reaches of central Namibia. It is about 50 km long, up to 16 km wide and rises from the plains of the Omaheke, as this part of the Kalahari is known, to a height of up to 200 metres. This natural barrier often intercepts clouds, causing them to release their moisture.

The mountain’s upper layer consists of red sandstone which is porous and absorbs rainwater like a sponge. The base, on the other hand, is impermeable rock with a slight gradient from west to east. On the south-eastern slope water therefore escapes along this layer in the form of several springs – even during the dry season from May until September. Hence the mountain’s very apt name. One of the springs bubbles at the end of the Waterberg Wilderness valley and provides delicious drinking water. It also feeds the swimming and plunge pools for the guests and the watering places for the game.

Waterberg is famous for the nature reserve established on the plateau in 1972. Waterberg Plateau Park is the home of game such as buffalo, white and black rhino, giraffe as well as eland, roan and sable antelope, and it borders directly on Waterberg Wilderness.
At Waterberg Wilderness you can explore the wonderful world of the Waterberg up and close on a guided plateau hike or on your own on well-demarcated hiking trails.

What to experience at Waterberg Wilderness

Our tip: Make sure you arrive before 15h00 in order to join our rhino drive.

Waterberg Wilderness Plateau Hike

Plateau Hike

Your hiking guide climbs the plateau with you (approx. 150 m above the plains). He explains plants and animals in the park to you and gives you an insight into the daily life and culture of the Herero people living in this area.

Waterberg Wilderness Rhino Drive

Rhino Drive

Round trip through the African bush savannah at the foot of the Waterberg. We almost always rub shoulders with rhino. With a little luck you will encounter game such as giraffe, oryx and eland, red hartebeest, blue wildebeest and kudu.

Waterberg Wilderness Honeymoon Sundowner

Honeymoon Sundowner

Enjoy your exclusive sundowner on Mount Olympus at the edge of the Kalahari. In the afternoon your guide hikes with you onto the plateau and gives you insights into nature as well as life and traditions of the Herero people.

ONE Namibia

All for ONE, ONE for Nature.

Waterberg Wilderness is part of the ONE Namibia company, which wants to preserve wildlife and natural habitats – with income from existing hospitality businesses, sustainable agriculture and the sale of shares. Everyone can help. Actively and directly. As a partner and supporter. ONE Namibia offers a solid corporate concept. Virtual visits via the Internet. Lodge vouchers. Free camping and Rhino Tracking tours. Find out more & participate now.