Waterberg Platopark Travel Guide
Looking for Cape vultures on the...
Damara dik dik - Namibia
Made it to the top of the Waterberg...
Tilt your head a little to the left :) ...
Schutztruppe graves from Battle of the Waterberg
(work in progress)A few lonely Schutztruppe graves in a small and little-visited military cemetery are the only tangible evidence of what was probably the largest battle ever fought on Namibian soil.The Waterberg region is the heartland of the Herero people, who rose up...
Useful information on walking in the Waterberg
One of the nicest - and most underrated - ways of exploring the Waterberg is on foot. This allows you to appreciate both the beautiful landscape and the wildlife as well as the poignant history of the Schutztruppe graveyard.Walking is an ideal way of appreciating the smaller...
Game spotting on Waterberg plateau is hit and miss
The Waterberg plateau is a splendid sight to behold, rising up in sheer 200m cliffs from the flat surrounding plain. The physical isolation from the surrounding plain and the relative abundance of water that seeps out from the sandstone along the flanks of the plateau make...
One of the easiest places to spot a Damara dikdik
For fear of alliterating beyond your tolerance levels, the diminutive Damara dik dik is a dinky little darling ... and the smallest buck (antelope) in Southern Africa.Because of their tiny stature (40cm at the shoulder and only about 5kg in weight) and furtive nature, they...
The Hike - don't get lost :)
The various hiking trails are marked with various symbols, so just keep a lookout for your trail. Also, all the way to the top of the mountan there are little white footprints to show your the direction and so you know you're still on track.
Mind the pachyderms !!
Many animals can be seen in the park and especially rare and threatened species such as the sable and roan antilopes and both black and white rhinos. We missed all of them but other interesting animals such as the rock dassie ("daman des rochers" in French) which is in fact...
Climbing on top of Table Mountain
Climbing on top might not be easy but it really worths it. There are several walking tracks so you can pick the one that suits you better. On the pic, you can see the track we took : a short but intensive walk !
Impressive Table Mountain
The Namibian table mountain is much bigger and more impressive than the one in Cape Town : it's a 50km-long and 16km-wide colourful plateau consisting of porous sandstone. The top is arid but there's a lot of surface water and permanent springs at the foot of the mountain....
Bernabe de la Bat Rest Camp: 5-star camping
I never saw such comfortable campgrounds before going to Namibia : clean ablution blocks, restaurant, shop, swimming-pool, grill... And all that with a view on the red mountain, it was fantastic. After observing the beautiful birds (over 200 bird species in Waterberg) and...
Located near the city of Tsumeb, this is the largest permanent natural lake in Namibia. It is part of an underground river and is now to be seen since the roof of what was a large dolomite cave fell in.
The name Otjikoto comes from the Otjiherero language and means deep hole (142m in places). The San called it "Gaisis" which means very ugly because they were afraid of the deep water.
But for me, the lake is far from being ugly, especially with all the plants and flowers surrounding it. A small zoo was also installed there where you can see crocodiles, ostriches, love birds, warthogs, etc.
Written Jun 7, 2005
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