The Waterberg Plateau dominates the surrounding landscape and gives its name to the National Park situated on the top. the orange and red sandstone rock face topped with lush vegetation has supported a wide diversity of flora and fauna for thousands of years. With a height of 420 metres and encircled by Namibian savannah, the untouched wilderness of this unmistakable feature has provided wildlife with a perfect sanctuary.
In 1972 The Waterberg Plateau and 41,000 hectares of surrounding land was declared a Nature Reserve. The table land is largely inaccessible, enabling several of Namibia’s endangered species to be relocated here to protect them from predators and illegal hunting. The eland, Africa’s largest antelope, was the first species to benefit from the natural protection of the plateau and now it is not unusual to see large herds across the landscape. A visitor to the area may expect to come accross a wide variety of fauna with some 25 species of mammal including Cape buffalo, giraffe, kudu, impala, warthog, sable and roan. Leopards are regularly sighted along with cheetah, caracal, black-backed and brown hyaena on the plateau or in the savannah below.
The Waterberg Plateau and surrounding area also provides a paradise for ornithologists with over 200 species of bird beening recorded here. Black eagles, marshall eagles and Namibia’s only breeding colony of Cape vultures are amongst 33 types of birds of prey. The latter are the rarest birds in Namibia. Hartlaub’s francolin, Rüppell’s parrot, Bradfield’s swift, Monteiro’s hornbill, red-billed and violet wood-hoopoe, short-toed rock thrush, rockrunner and Carp’s tit are included on your tick list. Migrants include yellow-billed kite, Abdim’s stork, paradise flycatcher and the European roller.
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