Rising some 200 metres above the surrounding African savannah, the Waterberg Plateau Park with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation, presents a natural fortress for conservation and discovery. Over 150 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the plateau at Waterberg.Today, you can too. Thanks to successful breeding and conservation initiatives, eland, Africa’s largest antelope, black and white rhinoceros, disease-free buffalo, and sable and roan antelope are some of the animals you might encounter on the plateau. Take on the challenge of a three-day hike, accompanied by a park ranger, to the summit of the Waterberg,or experience the thrill of setting out on your own 42-km self-guided trail. Visit the Vulture Restaurant, a conservation effort designed to attract hundreds of vultures, including Namibia’s last remaining breeding population of rare Cape vultures. Inquisitive baboons roam the plateau and surrounding cliffs. Dense plant cover provides the perfect shelter for several species of mongoose, 34 species of lizards, and more than 45 species of snake. Guided game drives on the plateau, and time spent in a hide lying in wait for rare species to approach a waterhole, give you the chance to learn more about one of the most unique conservation areas in the world.
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