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The Waterberg Plateau is a scenic wildlife viewing destination. The park consists of a sandstone massif which stands out impressively from the surrounding savannah grasslands. It was established as a breeding ground for threatened species, including white rhino, roan, sable and tsessebe. Self-drive is prohibited, but game drives can be booked through the Namibia Wildlife Resorts office. There are nine short, self-guided walks available.
Wildlife: There is great wildlife viewing to be had on the Waterberg Plateau. Many big safari animals are present, including both white and black rhino. Several rare antelope species can be encountered such as sable and roan; and eland, greater kudu and tsessebe are also present. Brown hyena and leopard are the main predators. There are no lions or elephants.
Scenery: The Waterberg Plateau takes in a 50km/31mi long, 16km/10mi wide sandstone plateau offering excellent views over the surrounding desert plains. The massif gets its name from the many springs that trickle down the red sandstone cliffs. The plateau features wooded areas as well as acacia bush and thick undergrowth.
Weather & Climate: The elevated Waterberg Plateau divides its time between a cool, practically rain-free winter (May to October) and a hot summer with occasional rain (November to April). The former can get very cold in the early morning (5°C/41°F), so take care to rug up if you’re visiting anytime from June to August.
Best Time to Visit: The drier months of July to September lie smack in the middle of Waterberg Plateau’s high season, but it’s worth forking out extra for the great wildlife viewing that characterizes this period. There’s less foliage for the animals to disappear into, and they’re not as scattered as they are when the weather turns hot and wet.
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