Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO conservation project that is part of the greater ecosystem. The conservatory area is home to various species of wild animals and offers a comprehensive game viewing experience.

The Biosphere operates in collaboration with different settlements and reserves to restore wildlife habitat and human development. For tourists, the region offers various game reserves such as the upmarket Welgevonden private game reserve, highly regarded Lapalapa wilderness area and Marakele National Park, along with various other reserves and lodges.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonNever
    (The park is little visited)

Why Go:

  • The region offers a beautiful and rugged scenery
  • Various lodging options, which include private reserves, bush camps, and parks to choose from
  • Tourists are offered a range of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking and horseback riding
  • Tourists have a self-drive option at the Waterberg Meander route
  • Excellent place for bird viewing along with hundreds of species
  • The region is safe for children, as it is Malaria-free


Wildlife viewing is diverse in the region and offers a mix of domesticated and wildlife animals. The largest reserves in the region are Welgevonden and Marakele that offer big-five safaris.Welgevonden is an ideal private game reserve with plenty of big five safaris, while Marakele is primarily a self-drive destination. The two reserves are separated by a fence, which may be removed to progress the conservation agenda.Tourists can explore the various farms and reserves and view different species of animals. However, some reserves only have grazing animals with outdoor activities such as horse riding and mountain biking.

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The large plains have three types of habitats that include wetlands, sour bushveld, and mountain slopes. It is commonly referred to as the ‘Waterberg Moist Mountain Bushveld Savanna’.

Weather & Climate

Waterberg Biosphere Reserve’s weather and climate are quite similar to the weather of South Africa.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is during the winter-dry season, which is from May to September. The vegetation is thin and dries, causing a concentration of animals around waterholes.

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