The malaria-free Waterberg Biosphere hosts a collection of reserves and parks in the Waterberg Mountains with its major selling point being its proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria. Traditionally an isolated farming area, the Waterberg has transformed in to a safari hotspot with numerous game reserves and parks within its borders. Although all of the larger big game species can be found in the area, it is here that one often encounters Africa’s more unusual animal species. As the name suggests the Waterberg consists of innumerable streams and river beds fed from springs that flow out of its fissures. A variety of micro habitats exist from rolling hills that stretch to the horizon to open plains, montane grassland and thickly vegetated valleys and gorges which make for idyllic sundowner stops. Birding in the area is rewarding with around 400 species frequenting the Waterberg region.
The Waterberg Bisophere Reserve: The Waterberg became a UNESCO registered Biosphere Reserve (one of only 400 world wide) in 2001. This is testament to the region’s biodiversity. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve stretches from Marakele National Park in the south west to Wonderkop nature reserve in the north-east. Ringed by escarpments on three sides, the Waterberg forms a wide basin in which four of the main rivers in Limpopo originate. The landscape is one of rolling hills and endless vistas, with a distinct bushveld feel. This region is a magical part of South Africa and offers experiences that are as diverse as there are many: wide open spaces with a rare wilderness quality, the romance of true bushveld, a rich biodiversity, and close encounters with some of Africa’s most charismatic and sought-after wildlife. Discover fascinating people and places… on foot, on horseback or in a vehicle. In the Waterberg you have it all at your fingertips (www.waterbergbiosphere.org)
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