Waterberg Biosphere Reserve
The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR) has an understated natural beauty with wide open skies, rolling hills and amazing diversity of wildlife.
The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR) has an understated natural beauty with wide-open skies, rolling hills and amazing diversity of wildlife. Located in western Limpopo Province, the area has few towns, no major infrastructure and few people in the mountain plateau with the majority staying in the villages around the core and buffer areas of the Biosphere Reserve. It has an important wildlife industry that forms the basis of the local economy. The area’s geology formed two billion years ago and covers 1.4 million hectares. This was modified through millions of years and formed a rugged landscape full of springs, streams and rivers. Today this forms an important water resource that feeds the Limpopo River and the surrounding rural and agricultural lands.
UNESCO Designation: 2001
Management Entity: Waterberg Biosphere Reserve Non-
Total Area: 417 406 ha
Core Zone: 121 249 ha
Buffer Zone: 146 157 ha
Transition Zone: 150 000 ha
Tel: +27 (0)78 796 0699
Tel: +27 (0)83 947 2333
Postal: PO Box 1029, Vaalwater, Limpopo, 0530
The Limpopo Province –
The Waterberg Meander currently includes 13 community projects, 22 sites of interest and 32 private enterprises. The area offers a wide range of ecotourism experiences, whether on foot, by car, bicycle, or on horseback and provides many scenic views and a sense of wide-open spaces. Tourism opportunities include the only National Park in the region, (Marakele National Park), historical rock art sites, Iron Age pottery, remains of ancient walled settlements and the World Heritage Site (Makapan’s Valley) containing ancient fossilised remains. Visitors to the area have the choice of overnighting in tourist-