The Waterberg Wilderness

Vaalwater Region, South Africa






20°29.28’S 17°18.54′E

Peter Haywards watermark

South Africa This privately owned 80’000 acre reserve spreads majestically over the Waterberg plateau a mere 300 km or so from Johannesburg.

Contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize this world famous wilderness reserve home to both white and black rhino.

Rare yellowwood and cedar trees, high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found in this 36,000 hectare sanctuary. Wildlife abounds in this wilderness area and sightings of leopard, rhinos, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, zebra, kudus, waterbuck and eland.

Over 250 bird species abound including spectacular Cape vultures, now threatened by extinction.  Explorers can enjoy off the beaten track wildlife experiences without hordes of tourists – in itself a rarity in southern Africa.

The Waterberg Wilderness
The Waterberg Wilderness
The Waterberg Wilderness

The Waterberg Wilderness is renowned for its wilderness school and the valuable role it plays in educating children about their natural heritage. The school has influenced thousands of children positively over the past 20 years.