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"Game spotting on Waterberg plateau is hit and miss" Waterberg Platopark Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

Waterberg Platopark Things to Do: 10 reviews and 12 photos

  Sable antelope
by CatherineReichardt

The Waterberg plateau is a splendid sight to behold, rising up in sheer 200m cliffs from the flat surrounding plain. The physical isolation from the surrounding plain and the relative abundance of water that seeps out from the sandstone along the flanks of the plateau make it a very protected environment for wildlife.

The only way to access the top of the plateau by vehicle is on a guided tour which can be booked at the main camp office. This is a popular thing to do, and can be a lot of fun.

However, I would suggest that you are realistic in your expectations of what you're likely to see once you get to the top. Spotting game in the dense mopane bush on top of the plateau is much more of a challenge than identifying game on the open plains of Etosha, so although there is a wonderful range of game present, that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll see it.

My personal experiences of game viewing in the Waterberg have been very mixed. On one visit, we were staggeringly fortunate and arrived at a hide just in time to watch a herd of about 20 rare sable antelope come into a water hole - still one of the most amazing game viewing experiences of my life. On a subsequent visit, the only large mammal we saw was a kudu sprinting across the road in the middle distance!

This isn't mean to discourage visitors from taking the guided tour, but rather a gentle warning to temper your expectations: the less you expect, the more pleasantly surprised you'll be (and, wildlife apart, it's worth doing it just for the wonderful views)!

At the time of writing (November 2011), the cost of a tour was a rather steep N$450 per person.

The birdlife is excellent and usually a whole lot easier to spot than the large mammals: the sandstone cliffs of the Waterberg is the only nesting spot for Cape vultures in the whole of Namibia, and the juxtaposition of forest, cliff and plains habitats makes for excellent birding that will get bird enthusiasts 'twitching' in anticipation!

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2011
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