8 Things to Do in Waterberg That You Shouldn't Miss

September 21, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Discover the best top things to do in Waterberg, South Africa including Welgevonden Nature Reserve, Matamba bush camp, Marakele National Park, Caesar's Bush Palace, Eventieria, Lekhalo Safaris Zipline, Mama Tau White Lions Breeding Project, Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm.

1. Welgevonden Nature Reserve

Vaalwater, South Africa +27 14 754 8914
Excellent
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Welgevonden Nature Reserve

Reviewed By hargravesg - New York City, New York

If you want to see Black Rhinos, this is the place. Particularly baby Rhinos - about the most appealing creature I have ever seen!

2. Matamba bush camp

Hermanusdorings Road | Off the R33 to Lephalale, Vaalwater 0537, South Africa +27 83 653 1287
Excellent
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5 based on 40 reviews

Matamba bush camp

Situated on a beautiful 400Ha game farm, two and a half hours from Jhb on the main road to Botswana. Matamba has two camping options. Tau Camp, is built in a lovely open woodland, it has only three sites, Drongo, Hornbill and Francolin. These are about 200m apart so are very private. The facilities are rustic but superb, and consist of a thatch family bathroom with shower, flush toilet and Basin, and a separate toilet, there is also an outside shower and toilet built around large trees. Mara's Camp is a private camp for one group only, in a thick woodland with beautiful big trees this is a very special camp. Two outside bathrooms are cleverly designed and blend into the surrounding bush. Both camps are unfenced and game is regularly in and around the campsites. There are Four water holes, a thatch hide and a viewing deck three meters up in a tree. Walking only is permitted, there are four marked trails but over 60 km of sandy tracks,however the wholefarm is open to be enjoyed. There is a large selection of plains game at Matamba is very relaxed, over 300 birds and many beautiful trees and grasses. Matamba is ideal as a weekend break or a stopover on the way to Botswana

Reviewed By LouwrensLiebenberg

We camped with friends for three nights this long weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice walks and lots of game to watch. The stars at night seems to be within reach. Will definately go back again.Thank you! We will continue to ensure that Matamba remains a top bush camping destination. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and yes, the stars are very special viewed from Matamba!

3. Marakele National Park

South Africa +27 82 852 2395
Excellent
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4 based on 120 reviews

Marakele National Park

Valleys give way to grasslands and finally to Mountains in this rolling, soaring wildlife sanctuary. Rare rhinos, African elephants, wild dogs and the prehistoric Cycad plants are among its amazing sights.

Reviewed By Uwe P - Johannesburg, South Africa

Our third visit - excellent game viewing in undulating bush veld pierced with spectacular Mountains providing interesting flora and breeding opportunities for rare vultures to breed. Accommodation in in a tented camp or a family cottage. The roads have been substantially improved since our last visit

4. Caesar's Bush Palace

57 Maaitjiesgoedfontein, Vaalwater 0537, South Africa +27 83 267 7016
Excellent
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4 based on 10 reviews

Caesar's Bush Palace

Reviewed By HappyDanish - Minneapolis, Minnesota

We went to Caesar's Bush Palace as part of a tour arranged by the Matswani Private Game Reserve, so it was quite a coincidence we visited this place. I felt quite sceptic, when I first heard, it was a kind of mini-zoo for exotic animals that were mistreated by their former owners. We definitely did not come to South Africa to see tigers or go to a zoo with all the nature around!
We got, however, a tour by a very enthousiastic guide, who not only explained a lot about the animals, but who also was able to communicate her love of the animals and the need for a place like this in South Africa. Very impressive.
Most animals looked very happy and although the cages are not that big or fancy, they seem to have a good life there. They told us also that they regularly get a vet to look at them, especially as many of the animals need treatments or prophylactic vitamin treatments due to malnutrition or deficiencies in their early life. There was a hyena expressed stereotype behavior, which of course is not a good sign. The guide, however, did not try to hide this, but explained that they were aware of this and hoped to find another hyena or in other ways try to get this animal back to more natural behavior.
It is sad, that there is a need for a place like this, but go and visit it, when you are around and get both a good experience and support the people behind the Caesar's Bush Palace.

Vaalwater, South Africa +27 14 755 4026
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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3.5 based on 25 reviews

Eventieria

Reviewed By Produsa - Johannesburg, South Africa

On arrival, management are keen to point out that this is a rehabilitation
centre. However whilst not in a position to challenge this, its seems that there are three types of operations. Rehabilitation, Breeding and Capture/Cage (for viewing). Leaving aside any judgements, of which there are very many, it's generally not possible in nature to get this close to these kinds of animals. To look directly into their eyes and listen to the soft sounds you would almost never get the opportunity to experience. This "connection" can also be heart wrenching, and it's not for people that are not able to control these emotions.
Of course the bigger picture within which this type of facility can operate also needs consideration. Rehabilitation and Breeding (for genetic purposes) can be welcomed. So when you pay your money as entry and therefore supporting this business you need to clearly understand what you are contributing towards. And for me its not entirely clear. Personally i enjoyed my visit, but it has left an emotional scar. Not only regarding this facility but for the damage that we as humans continue to inflict upon our environment and also therefore our fellow inhabitants who do not have the "voice" we can recognise and listen to as equal to our own.

6. Lekhalo Safaris Zipline

Dorset Road | 30km from Vaalwater, Vaalwater 0530, South Africa
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5 based on 2 reviews

Lekhalo Safaris Zipline

Lekhalo Safaris Zipline offers a beautiful 6line zipline, game drives and much more to come.

Reviewed By riaanrichard - Nelspruit, South Africa

Lakhalo Safaris Zipline was so much fun, we took the whole family and we all enjoyed the zipline very much. The staff was very professional & we all felt very safe in there hands.

7. Mama Tau White Lions Breeding Project

Visgat Road, 0555, South Africa +27 14 763 3661
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Mama Tau White Lions Breeding Project

For centuries rumours of mysterious white lions have been circulating in Africa; legend said their white pelage represented the good to be found in any creature. Enjoy close encounters with the rare white lions in a comfortable open car; guided drives are leaded by an experienced guide who will help you know better these wonderful predators. Open daily from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm - prior reservation mandatory.

Reviewed By Ms_Sadien - Polokwane, South Africa

The guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable. He knew all the lions quite well and was able to answer all of our questions. We were able to park the van right next to the lions and get wonderful photos. We were also lucky enough to see three new born cubs

8. Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm

R33, Bela Bela 0530, South Africa +27 83 704 4229
Excellent
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3.5 based on 25 reviews

Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm

Reviewed By Elsabe B - Johannesburg, South Africa

We stopped in at the Geluksfontein Goats Milk Dairy today for a milking tour and a delicious cheese tasting.
Value for money event and definitely something to do with the kids if in the area.
Foodies will certainly enjoy as there is a delicious selection of cheese on the tasting plate.
My personal favourite was the Philidelphea style cream cheese served with sweet chilli sauce.
Kids and adults alike can feed the goats... great ice cold beer at a good price... saw some local farmers stop in for a quick pint .
Great farm stall with home made preserves ... bought an interesting home bottled honey as well as a good looking cherry preserve.

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