Waterberg Plateau National Park, Half Day Tour
Our neighbor, the Waterberg Plateau National Park is one of the most magnificent geological formations in Namibia and is easily seen from anywhere within Ozondjahe Hunting Safaris territory.
The reserve’s dramatic vertical cliffs rise more than 650 feet (200 meters) above the surrounding plains, creating natural boundaries which help protect the rare and endangered species that have been successfully resettled there to ensure their survival.
Since 1972, the 100,000 acre (41.000 hectares) sanctuary has become a prosperous natural breeding environment for the highly endangered Black and White Rhinoceros and home to Cape Buffalo, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope and Tsessebe to name a few.
For a half-day tour it takes 40 minutes by car from Ozondjahe Hunting Safaris to reach the departure point for the three-hour game drive, guided by Park Rangers. No private vehicles are allowed into the Park. Closed on some days. We need to make prior reservations for this excursion.
- The park was proclaimed in 1972 as a sanctuary for Namibia's declining eland population and as a breeding centre for rare and endangered species. Among the game roaming on the plateau are black and white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, roan, and sable.
- The total of approximately five hundred plants have been recorded in and around The Waterberg Plateau.
- Some 200 plus species of bird have been recorded there.
- Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs tracks were left there some 200 million years ago. The first human inhabitants were the San people, who left rock engravings believed to be several thousand years old. A small tribe of the San were still living their traditional lifestyle on the plateau until the late 1960s.
- The site is also home to one of the major turning points in Namibia's History. It was at Waterberg, in the foothills, that the Herero people lost their last and greatest battle against German colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century.